Narrator Stoplight – Carla Mercer Meyer
I am an Audie nominated narrator and Earphones award recipient. I was born in the Los Angeles Area to a Father who wrote and performed country western gospel. I am the youngest in a blended family of 15. I have always loved performing but hate stage lights and smiling for extended periods of time. I play the piano a little (just like Jane Eyre.) I have been married for almost 20 years. My husband and I have four incredible children and two dogs who are a very big part of our family. I am a coffee connoisseur and snob. I’m talking black coffee , not blended sweet creamy concoctions that have a slight coffee taste to them Yes, I think this should be a part of my bio because I’m pretty sure at this point if you were to stick me, I would bleed out coffee.
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1 – How did you get involved in recording audiobooks?
I have loved books since I was very young. (Total book nerd here.) In fact my mom loves to tell the story about how I ditched high school once… and got caught by her at the library, reading a book. Yep I was a wild one! And my father was a country/blue-grass song writer/performer, so growing up I was always being hauled around to one type of performance or another and there was a lot of downtime. I couldn’t read in a moving vehicle due to motion sickness so I would make up stories and kind of act them out to entertain myself. Wow! That sounded a lot less crazy in my head. Anyhow I discovered audiobooks late in my 20s after my husband and I made the choice for me to stay home with my children which turned out to be the most difficult and equally rewarding job I have ever done, and while doing mundane chores like washing dishes and mopping floors, I had no time to sit down and read so I started listening and fell in love with audiobooks. I knew this was something I wanted to do. So, I started taking classes and meeting people in the business, but the amazing part of my story is this…… I contacted an author on Goodreads (Caragh O’brien) telling her how much I loved her young adult series and that I would like to audition for them should she ever consider putting them into audiobook form. A year later, I received an email from Hilary Eurich at Tantor asking me to audition and I’ve been working ever since. I totally love my job. ( I cannot stress this enough)
2 – What is your favorite thing about recording books?
I can literally portray anyone. Voice acting gives me the ability to bring life to any character without the obvious physical, gender, age and ethnic boundaries that I wouldn’t be able to pull off on stage. The possibilities are endless. It’s so much fun.
3 – Do you have a favorite genre or author to record?
Young adult has to be my favorite. It’s fun. It’s light . it’s oftentimes very honest and emotionally raw.
4 – What do you think is the most important part of the recording?
The story of course , and being able to tell it without drawing attention to yourself. My goal is always to portray the story in a way that gets the listener lost in the journey with me as I read.
5 – Do you have a narration superpower? Awesome accents, infusing emotion, super-fast read? What is your best trick?
(blushing and batting eyes profusely) Well, I have been told I have a great ear for dialects.
6 – What was your favorite book to read so far? And why?
Is this a real question? Honestly, I end up loving every single book I have ever read, that is the truth, but if I had to pick one that appealed to me personally, I would have to pick Sempre by J.M. Darhower, because it’s a young adult love story and I got to play an Italian Mafioso. I fell in love with the characters, and they had some serious issues. It was delicious and challenging and intense to perform.
7 – What was your most challenging read? What made it so difficult?
Oh Gosh, since I am neurotic I pretty much stress over every book but Grand Central, Original stories of Postwar Love and Reunion had to be the most challenging for me, but again , I fell in love with the stories. There were just a lot of characters to prepare for, a lot of words I had to look up pronunciations for and a wide variety of ages and dialects. Each tale was so human and heartwarming though.
8 – Is there a book out there that you desperately want to do the narration for, that elusive dream job?
Well, I had wanted to do Go Set A Watchmen by Harper Lee but alas . *sigh* There are so many classics that I would love to do actually. Jane Eyre in particular, that is my all time favorite book ever, I also love Pride and Prejudice, and Wuthering Heights. Now that I think about it, I pretty much want to do EVERYTHING!
9 – Do you have a ritual or routine when you are recording a book?
Yes, so first, there is coffee! Then I look up the book on Goodreads just to see what people say about it, what kind of feel there is for the story and author, then I read it on my ipad. As I’m reading I highlight the different characters and make a note of anything particular the author mentions about the characters voice and traits. I underline the words that I don’t know how to pronounce or the ones that I need a clearer definition for. Then when I ‘ve finished reading I start getting to work on research.
10 – What is a fun fact people might not know about you?
My family says I ruin movie night. I can’t help myself if we are watching a show and a character appears with an interesting accent or way of talking, I HAVE to imitate it, OUT LOUD, right then. Sometimes I make whomever has the remote pause and rewind, and sometimes I get stuck in that voice for the rest of the day. Just the other day my daughter was watching some teenage drama,( I have no clue what it was) and as I walked by I heard this really great accent, so I immediately voiced my imitation of it . My daughter promptly turned off the television and left the room muttering under her breath, “One more tv show I can’t watch with mom around.” Wait. Is that a fun fact or a character flaw?
Find reviews for Carla’s reads here on Eargasms
From the narrator one winner will get – Sempre and Sempre Redemption by J.M. Darhower, Two winners will get their pick of her reads from Tantor Madia!
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