Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you get started in narrating audio books? What are some of the audio books that have you narrated?
I’ve been a professional actor for over forty years. The opportunity to narrate came up last year when a close friend of mine (also a narrator) pointed me in the right direction. This year has been (courtesy of Dreamspinner Press) a great start: FROG, WHEN ONE DOOR OPENS, BRUTE, ETHAN, WHO LOVED CARTER AND LOVE, LIKE WATER are all books I’ve done this year along with short-stories, CUPID CHRISTMAS, A LION IN TAILS and SNOWBOUND IN NOWHERE. Other titles include a detective story, CONCH REPUBLIC and a “how to” guide to massage parlours, HAPPY ENDINGS.
What kinds of things do you do in preparation for recording?
First, I sit down and read the book, usually a week or so before any recording. Then, chapter by chapter, I colour code each character with an underliner before setting down to read.
What’s the most rewarding part of narrating/producing an audio book?
Giving a good read, “legs.” When I capture a character that people listening to really relate to, I know I’ve done my job.
While narrating When One Door Opens, what character was the most fun to narrate? Why?
I enjoyed Caleb the most and his struggles to re-join the world.
What character was the most difficult to narrate? Why?
“Klass” was the hardest to “figure” as he was (simultaneously) both “in” and “out” of the closet while trying to do the right thing for his nephew, Caleb.
Was there a particular scene you think you read especially well? Or that you particularly enjoyed reading?
I really liked Logan’s first trip to Meng’s market – really like the Mengs and their protective attitude toward Caleb.
Where can readers/listeners find out more about you and your work?
http://www.audible.com, IMDB, Facebook, www.ensembleimpact.com
Interested in hearing a sample of the audio book? Check out the Dreamspinner website.
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I was thrilled when I first heard my novel When One Door Opens would be made into an audio book. I've been so fortunate that so many people have taken a chance on me and read my debut book. The process of making an audio book involves Dreamspinner sending me sample recordings of the narrators. I was a nuisance to everyone in my writing circle, making them listen to the recordings over and over again. I'm really happy with the narrator I ended up selecting. K.C. Kelly did a fantastic job narrating the novel. One of the reasons I selected K.C. Kelly was because he was the narrator for two novels I really enjoyed: Brute by Kim Fielding and Ethan, Who Loved Carter by Ryan Loveless.