Hello and welcome!
Today I have the owner of the voice I fell in love with while listening to Amy Jarecki’s audiobooks. His voice is easy to listen to, warm and passionate.
Please welcome Dave Gillies!
Do you have a nickname?
Sorry to disappoint, but not really! I’ve never had one. Not a great start to this interview!
What is the one word that best describes you?
What makes you laugh out loud?
Oh, loads of things. My girlfriend. Funny TV shows like Futurama, Blackadder and Rick and Morty. Proper witty things!
What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Coriander. I love it. It reminds me of putting too much coriander in things!
I love my shower gel, too. It smells like Onken Raspberry yogurt.
Favourite place to spend time in?
Bed, obviously, asleep! But the cinema is great, too.
Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
Actually, no. I did one under a pseudonym once, because it was so incredibly dirty, but in general I’ll do whatever!
Audiobooks! What started them?
Well, my Dad is a voiceover guy (indeed, he’s the master) so it’s sort of the family trade! You can hear his work on Audible – he’s James Gillies.
I went freelance as a composer a few years ago and he suggested I get into audiobooks to supplement my income. Truthfully the narrating has become my main job!
James Gillies is your Dad? I listened to one of his narrations, Highland Fire: Guardians of the Stone, Book 1 by Tanya Anne Crosby and it was amazing. Wonderful story told by a passionate voice.
If you could choose another career what would it be?
Well, composing for huge movies would be pretty sweet. Space battles, intense emotional scenes, car chases etc. I love conducting orchestras, so getting to do more of that would be great!
I’m pretty flighty, tho. What I’ve been doing a lot of, recently, is producing interesting radio drama and short films. So at the moment my main ambition is to become a big shot Hollywood film producer.
Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
No, I don’t think on those terms. My songwriting (Dirty Keys) has a strong throughline, but I’ll let you work out what that is! In general I do what I’m asked to do. I’m bone idle, so I never do anything unless I’ve been commissioned to.
Who is your intended audience and why should they listen to your audiobooks?
Doesn’t feel like that’s for me to say! The audience depends on the book, and although I’m known for my work in the romance genre, it’s by no means my only area.
What is next in your narrating work?
Lots! I’ve multiple Highland romances in various stages of production for authors such as Amy Jarecki, Vonda Sinclair and Selena Kitt. There’s also a new M/M Aussie romance book for Toni Griffin, and some sci fi, too! But the last book to hit the shelves was book three from Amy Jarecki’s ‘Highland Dynasty’ series, ‘A Highland Knight to Remember’.
Thank you Dave for joining me in my little corner of the blogging world. I am looking forward to listening to more of your narrations.
Thanks for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed the chat with Mr. Gillies. Hope you will check out the audiobooks, his voice is amazing.
I had the pleasure to listen to two of his narrations.
An untimely tempest transports two miserable and lost souls to England’s Abbey Wood where they stumble across each other’s paths. Lady Jane, a battered woman and accused murderess – Laird Alexander, fleeing his keep after blaming himself for the accidental death of his wife. Both souls must heal their wounds. Both souls have reason to keep their identities hidden. This misshapen pair discovers each needs the other – though neither is willing to admit dependence. Alexander must return to his kin and resume his laird’s mantle. Lady Jane must clear her name and find forgiveness. But before healing can begin, it is essential they learn to trust…and love.
Grieving from the death of his wife, Lord Colin Campbell listens to the cries of his newborn son while penning a missive to the king. With no marriage prospects, Colin petitions his majesty for help in finding a stepmother. Never again will he fall in love; the death of a woman brings more pain than losing a whole contingent of men on the battlefield.
Feisty, quick tongued, and smart, Margaret Robinson is delighted when her father receives a messenger from the king…until she discovers what news he brings. In a sennight she will wed the notorious Black Knight. Her life is about to end.
Tension builds during the wedding and deteriorates from there until an accident draws them together. Just when their love begins to blossom, a dire request arrives from the pope. Colin must join the crusades at once. Their fragile love is forced to withstand the seductions of hell: Margaret tempted by a scoundrel laird, Colin courted by Satan himself. Aye, the war for Christendom could very well ruin their dreams forever.
Here are links to find out more and keep up to date with Mr. Gillies and his work:
To start you on your listening journey, Mr. Gillies is giving away an audiobook, the recently released “A Highland Knight to Remember” by Amy Jarecki.
In 15th century Scotland, Gyllis Campbell arrives at the Beltane festival with one thing on her mind – to win the heart of Sir Sean MacDougall once and for all. Astonishingly, Sir Sean would like nothing more than to oblige the lovely lass. But when news of his father’s death arrives, Sean races for Dunollie Castle. Unaware of Sean’s tragedy, Gyllis departs the festival thwarted. Worse, a terrible illness strikes her down, and she’s sent to the cloisters of Ardchattan Priory for healing.
Plagued by raids on his lands and deception in his ranks, Sean is embroiled in a battle to regain control. Worse, pulled in a myriad of directions, adversity runs rampant as Gyllis struggles to regain her health and Sean battles the very demon who covets his title. Fighting for their lives, both must face their demons before their love can blossom.
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