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Can you speak in an accent that isn’t your own? Can any of your
characters do this? How do you indicate that in your stories?
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My ability to do a successful accent is terribly low. Yet, I have characters who can run a gamut. One in particular in fact. I haven’t really thought about the ability of any others. Let’s explore!
Carsten Reiniger is a master spy. You can read about him in the novel OP-DEC: Operation Deceit. The next part of his chapter will be coming along soon. I’ve written the novel OP-GHO: Operation Ghost goes into greater detail about his history, and what accents are very real for him. In the first book, you’ll see him run an American, British, Belgian, and German accent. Not in that order, either. He’s fluent in French, German, English, and probably multiple other languages. I wager he’s familiar with some Nordic languages as well as Dutch. Likely, he knows Spanish.
Carsten slips into the accents that go with his mastered languages quite easily, too. His survival depends upon it. If he slips, that’s a gateway to death. We can all agree that’s a very strong incentive.
As for my other books, there’s no requirement of this level for any of the other characters outside of OP-DEC. However, you may find that the duta, souls, and danava of Trailokya could easily manage this cultural switch. I often try to imagine what a duta accent might sound like. Seriously, what would Zion’s citizens sound like? Something ancient Middle Eastern? A dialect-voice familiar in India?
Let’s explore these ideas a bit more. For instance, we know that Maiel has incarnated on Earth in different genders and different places. Therefore, she is familiar with multiple languages and cultures. Now, if I broke it down, you’d see that she’s an amazing language master. From this, you’d infer the obvious: Duta minds are limitless. Very powerful.
Unfortunately, I am not this skilled. Clearly, I know English well and I have studied both French and German but am not fluent (intermediate in the latter maybe). I feel that you need a proper handle on a language to do a fair accent well. Muddling a British accent is just muddling. I know they know I’m American, no matter how I try. That upstate New York sound will forever tinge my tones.
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