Laura Nicole….started out writing poems and short stories throughout school and got her dramatic blood circulating through community theatre. In 2007 she was introduced to audio drama by her father Alan Spencer, who needed an authentic German accent for a show. After 2 years of voice acting, Laura helped start Gypsy Audio and the group allowed her to put some of her poetry and stories into an audio format while still acting in several different shows. After helping David out with editing scripts for one of his shows, they became literary partners in crime bouncing ideas off of one another which prompted the start of Scrivener’s Circle.
David Sobkowiak….began his vocal career at the age of six in the bedroom of his parent’s home, recording what would today be called analogue podcasts in to his Radio Shack cassette recorder. His shows included a variety of current music off of his AM radio, and several characters all voiced, ad lib, by David. His career took a hiatus until the winter of 2005, when he discovered the wonders of internet podcasts and began voice acting for various groups on line. His work as a voice actor, web guru and founding member of BrokenSea Audio Productions has given him experience in acting, writing audio dramas and producing many of the great shows found there. Meeting Laura Frechette through work with her father, the two became fast friends, developing a mutual respect for each others work and opinions on audio dramas. After enlisting Laura’s help with several scripts, and an ongoing novel, Laura and David began collaboration on a literary work that was to become “Prisoners of the Alliance.” This development led directly to the creation of Scrivener’s Circle, as their collaborative outlet for their creativity.
Prisoners of the Alliance….
I’ve had the idea for Prisoners of the Alliance rolling around in my head for years, but never thought anything of it or even to write it down. I knew the characters and the situation they were in but that was all. One day while trying to get some clarity from another story that was giving me writers block, I put out the premise of the story for Prisoners and as always shared it with David. He is really the reason that this is coming to fruition. He got so excited about the idea and wrote out the back story for one of the characters so vividly, that it really made me think that the story could be more than just an idea and pushed me to write about the other characters and together we have brought this world to life.
This collaboration is very different and full of surprises. I never know what David is going to come up with next or what new road our characters will take, but that is what makes this venture a great experience. The journey of our characters is our journey too, and I am so glad that I don’t have to take it alone. Being able to share this with another writer and then share it with the online community is grounding and fantastic. The characters are not just real to me, so I know I’m not crazy!