Back in 2010 I got word from Recorded Books that I'd be narrating for one of the characters in a funny little book called The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, along with four other narrators. I posted about my excitement/curiosity about the book on Twitter and almost immediately heard back from a twitter account called Origami Yoda, labeled as being a character from the book. I wasn't quite sure who I was talking to, whether it was a fan, the author, or some PR person, but it turned out to be the author, Tom Angleberger. Tom was friendly and helpful (he even offered to send me some of the original art from the book!). I figured this would be one book in my career and then I'd be done with it.
About a year later, I got word that we were being brought back on board for the sequel, Darth Paper Strikes Back. Great! A sequel! And with a clever title! Maybe it would become a trilogy, like Star Wars! Well, it turns out that it did. It actually became two trilogies.
Over the years of working on the Origami Yoda series, Tom and I became friends. I met Tom's wife, Cece, a few times as well, and while I knew that she was an illustrator, I wasn't really familiar with her work. Well, at a friend's holiday party in 2013, I met a woman who had worked for a publisher that was publishing a graphic novel by Cece, called El Deafo. She was effusive about that book, and her excitement was infectious. Now, if you follow me at all on Twitter, you might have noticed that I'm something of a comics geek. Anyway, a few months later, ahead of El Deafo's publication, Cece provided me with an ARC of the book. Cece's simple art style serves a sophisticated sequential storytelling style, and it wasn't long before the comic world (and the book world in general) took notice as well, and Cece won an Eisner award (a huge deal in the comic world) and a Newbery Honor (also a huge deal).
Well, anyway, Tom and Cece wrote and illustrated a trilogy of books called Inspector Flytrap, which were published over the last year or so. Once again, I got the call from Recorded Books that they wanted me to narrate the first book in the series. This time, instead of puzzled curiosity, I reacted with unbridled excitement to be narrating the work of two friends. The first book (which sometimes gets listed with the subtitle The Da Vinci Cold) is now available digitally on audio, with school library friendly CD editions coming next month. The two sequels, The President's Mane is Missing and The Goat Who Chewed Too Much are currently slated for audio within the next year.