Linda Velwest is an exciting voice talent in the New York Metro area. An involved homeschooling mom, an occupational therapist, a fiber arts hobbyist and a runner, she brings this wealth of life experience to inform her voice acting skills. She was trained and Edge Studio in NYC and continues voice training with Sylvia Rolden Dohi. Linda has narrated numerous audiobooks from a wide variety of genres
Audiobooks produced by Linda Velwest –
1 – How did you get involved in recording audiobooks?
I’ve enjoyed listening to audiobooks for quite a while. I would listen to stories with my children when they were small and we really enjoyed some of the performances. We felt that a good audiobook made the story better. As my children got older, I thought about work I could do and decided I’d love to produce the kind of audiobooks that we loved to listen to. I started my training at Edge Studio and began producing audiobooks before I even finished my demo!
2 – What is your favorite thing about recording books?
Really getting into the story and the character(s). Even a non fiction book entails being a character (the author) and entering into a different world.
3 – Do you have a favorite genre or author to record?
I have really enjoyed all the books I’ve done. I continue to learn a lot from every book I do.
4 – What do you think is the most important part of the recording?
It’s all important! Making the story interesting and believable involves acting as well as technical skill.
5 – Do you have a narration superpower? Awesome accents, infusing emotion, super-fast read? What is your best trick?
I’m really good at creating characters. Even a non fiction book has a character – the person who is telling you the information in the book. I find that the people who have written the non fiction books I have recorded are passionate about their subject and I work hard at conveying their passion to the listener.
6 – What was your favorite book to read so far? And why?
It’s difficult to say! Annihilation of Foreverland was a really interested YA story with 6 young girl main characters. The Amblers’ Travels Series was a great world to be into. The Laura Nelson Mysteries by Patricia Gussin were suspenseful and the Lifewave Series by Jaqueline Lichtenberg involved voicing various alien species (which was tons of fun!). I’ve loved the non fiction books I’ve read and have learned a lot from them. The Spinner in the Sun and Animated Movie Princess Origin Stories were labors of love for me They are public domain works that I enjoyed contributing to when I volunteered for librivox.org. I put together print versions of them and re recorded them for acx.
7 – What was your most challenging read? What made it so difficult?
It was tough making cookbooks interesting to listen to!
8 – Is there a book out there that you desperately want to do the narration for?
Yes! Bec by Darren Shan. And I’d love to have the whole Demonata series available on audiobook, narrated by Rupert Degas. Listening to some of his books was what really made me want to produce quality audiobooks
9 – Do you have a ritual or routine when you are recording a book?
Well, I read through the book and take notes on all the characters. Then I rehearse the characters and do some improv with them. Then I record, edit, record, edit until I’m done. Then my proof listener gives me feedback and I do the final edit before submitting the files.
10 – What is a fun fact people might not know about you?
I have a really engaging giggle
3 Lucky winners get their choice of book from Linda’s Audible catalog
3) Brianne Butler