I have both the ebook and paperback copy for this story...the audiobook copy just made it complete. A
lovely paranormal story! Beautifully written and narrated. Will definitely be re-listening! :)
Listen to a sample of the audiobook - click here
Briefly tell me about yourself. What makes Paula Slade tick?Paula:
My family, my friends, a house full of pets, and the day-to-day pleasure of enjoying a life filled with creative possibilities!
What made you want to become a narrator?Paula:
Audiobook narration has been a natural evolution for me. Most of my working life has been involved in the entertainment industry. Before beginning my career on radio, I majored in music at the American Conservatory in Chicago, studying voice and opera performance. Over the years, I’ve done everything from on-camera television and film, to theatre, plus behind the microphone, recording voice-overs for commercials and industrial training modules. I was also fortunate to be able to create programming (writing/producing/directing) for radio/crossover television. And, along the way there were reporting stints for newspapers, magazines and online sites. Seeing the burgeoning audiobook market take hold in the last few years was the impetus
I'm so impressed with your credentials! Do you always enjoy narrating stories? Was there ever a time you became frustrated with this career?Paula:
For the most part I love it! I get to exercise my acting and storytelling skills, plus learn something new almost every day. The only frustrating part is finding the right book, that is well written and is a good fit as far as marketability and personal interests.
I think it would be hard to narrate a book that wasn't well written. I'm very happy you agreed to do mine! So tell me of a fun experience you had narrating a story.Paula:
Actually, it was when we were recording your wonderful book “Waiting for You.” I love ghost stories, and I also love comedy. (Some of my theatrical training was at
in , and
I don’t often have much of a chance to use comedic timing.) Your character “Vanessa”
was so much fun to interpret! Her comedic interludes interspersed with a beautifully
moving love story made it fun. Also,
there was one scene in particular (possible spoiler here) where Nick is
embracing Abigail (who is a ghost), and a policeman comes along and knocks on
their car window to find out what he’s doing.
I laughed so hard and had so many retakes on that scene, but it was fun,
fun, fun! Chicago
I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the humor in my story!! And I'm glad you laughed at that part. When a reader climbs into my characters shoes, they need to know how they are feeling, and I'm glad you did.
How do you create such compelling voices? What goes through your mind when you’re recording different characters?Paula:
Before I begin recording, I do a total read-through, and along the way I find myself getting in sync with the author’s style, character development, and intent of sub text in the dialogue. Once the reading process is done, I have a full mental image of each of the characters as well as the storyteller. When it comes time to say, or act out a line, I envision (in my mind’s eye) myself as the character or the storyteller. This is quite a fascinating process, as sometimes it takes several days to shed different personas. (Last year, I had to come up with the voice for a talking Chihuahua in Jeff T. Bauer’s “Sadie Sapiens,” and I still anthropomorphize one of our dogs.)
I would imagine doing this very thing, too! When you narrated, “Waiting for You”, there was a special trick you did in the story when my hero was on the phone. Can you explain how you did that?Paula:
Ah, we thought it would be fun to try something new for “Waiting for You.” We loved the first comedic scene so much we were looking for something unexpected that would draw the listener in even further. Our company’s senior engineer and all around techie, Barry Gillogly (who is also my husband) came up with the idea of using an FFT filter with customized settings. It worked out so well that we’ve employed a similar technique in later books and the authors seem to love it! It was a fun creative choice that worked.
I feel so privileged that you tried this on my story first. It was amazing!
Do you have a website where other writers can find you if they want to hire you as their narrator?Paula:
Yes, through our company, Artistic Media Associates, Inc. in the greater Boston area and online at www.artisticmediaassociates.com. , Or, through my personal website Paula Slade: Audiobooks at www.paulaslade.com , which has links to all my social media sites. Well, this has been so much fun Marie. Thank you so much!
Paula, thank you so much for the interview. I feel as though I know you better now. I hope you'll consider recording another one of my stories in the future. I would be one lucky author if you agreed.