Hi April, it’s lovely to be here. I have been narrating audiobooks for almost twenty years. I began in 1996, with recording for the Library of Congress program for the blind. I recorded approximately 250 books at that time, and currently have 243 titles listed on Audible. I have a broad discography covering popular Fantasy, Fiction, Mysteries, Classics, YA, Bios, Memoirs, History and Non Fiction titles, in addition to Historical Romances for which I am perhaps best known.
Here is a link to my Audible page:
1 – How did you get involved in recording audiobooks?
I joined a local acting group called The Actors’ Center, and through them heard about an audition for narrators for The Library Of Congress.
2 – What is your favorite thing about recording books?
I love telling stories, and bringing what the author has created to life.
3 – Do you have a favorite genre or author to record?
I love good writing, in whichever genre that comes.
4 – What do you think is the most important part of the recording?
Being in the moment, and bringing forth the author’s intent, moment to moment.
5 – Do you have a narration superpower? Awesome accents, infusing emotion, super-fast read? What is your best trick?
One of the things I enjoy doing most is performing accents other than my own.
6 – What was your favorite book to read so far? And why?
There have been so many, and all for different reasons.
7 – What was your most challenging read? What made it so difficult?
Some of my most challenging reads have been the first three books in the Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey. The books are in the Fantasy genre, with pronunciations often based on languages from all over Europe. The research was intensely enjoyable, and a challenge to keep the pronunciations accurate and consistent over the course of say a 36 hour book, as with “Kushiel’s Dart.”
8 – Is there a book out there that you desperately want to do the narration for, that elusive dream job?
I look at every book I narrate as my dream book, as they are the dream of their author’s and deserving of my very best.
9 – Do you have a ritual or routine when you are recording a book?
Be prepared, with having read and researched the book. If there are accents, refresh my ear by watching films, etc. A good example of this was preparing to narrate “Anna And The King Of Siam,” the book which “The King And I,” is based on. I watched three different film versions, and studied the accents involved. Once all the prep is done, just relax and enjoy the process of telling a story.
10 – What is a fun fact people might not know about you?
In another life, I am a trained nurse and midwife.
Thanks April, for letting me stop by. It was an honor and a lot of fun!
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