What a month this has been! We performed over 30 performances of Matilda and I have now officially passed all the tests needed for American citizenship. Next month my husband and I will be naturalized!!
I learnt such a lot at the Audiobook Narrator Retreat last month and I can’t wait to implement my new skills into my work. This month also I started a 54 show run of Matilda, The Musical at Northern Stage, VT. I play Mrs. Phelps, Matilda’s much loved librarian.
So excited to be going to The New England Narrator Retreat this month, plus my husband is currently building me a new studio booth. Exciting times!
Recorded Mrs Dibble for the Online Stage’s community service project of Little Lord Fauntleroy – a small, but fun role.
Tall Chimneys is on sale at Audible – yay! Allie wrote a great piece about her experiences of collaborating with me on the audiobook; take a look at her blog to read more. Working with Allie was a pleasure and I hope we get the opportunity to do so again in the future.
This month I finished working on Tall Chimneys by Allie Cresswell, a gem of a book set in Yorkshire, spanning the long life of a Evelyn Talbot and the house she spends most of her life living in and depending on, Tall Chimneys. From 1910-2010 we see world events through Evelyn’s eyes while she is living in a sequestered spot in the Yorkshire countryside.
Loved attending the Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC) at the end of the month. Met loads of other wonderful narrators and some publishers, plus I got the chance to work with Paul Ruben – it was such fun. And to top it off the manhattenhenge sunset was pretty cool.
It’s been a pretty full month: working on my current audiobook, Tall Chimneys, performing 1776, having audiobook coaching with the wonderful Carol Monda, and preparing for the audiobook conference next month!
Quite the month! Rehearsals are in full swing for 1776, The Dark Lady of the Sonnets will be available on Audible in a few weeks, and I have been prepping for my next audiobook, Tall Chimneys!
I have the role of The Lady/Queen Elizabeth in the Online Stage’s production of The Dark Lady of the Sonnets by George Bernard Shaw. It’s a fun piece about Shakespeare inadvertently meeting Queen Elizabeth one evening. I am super excited to start recording this role.
Started rehearsals for 1776 – yay! I play Thomas Mckean, the Scottish delegate from Delaware. I have great lines, plus I get to do one of my favourite accents – Scottish!
Things have been a different this Fall. I am working at Northern Stage Theater almost full time, so have had to put my audiobook work on hold. However, I did manage to sneak in a quick bit of voice over work for a PBS preview for a program about Dorothy Thompson. It was really fascinating learning about Thompson, a journalist, who in 1939 was recognized by Time Magazine as the second most influential woman in America next to Eleanor Roosevelt! I had lost of fun researching and practicing her accent too! I’ll keep you posted about the documentary.
The Smog by Timothy Allsop is now on sale!
Been working on The Smog a lot of the month, having fun doing my cockney gangster voices!
Completed some more wonderful YA fiction this month – The Last Girl Guide: Diary of An Apocalypse Survivor by Karen Wrighton. Set in England after the pox has wiped out all of mankind a young girl is left to fend for herself with only wild dogs for company!
Also working on a British 1950’s mystery, The Smog by Timothy Allsop. Should be out on Audible next month.
Completed the Dawn of Rebellion series this month with Eve of Tomorrow. I started to cry while recording during the final scenes and had to pull myself together!! No one wants to hear a narrator cry! Great final installment of this YA series by Michelle Lynn.
Viking’s Apprentice III: Journey to the Other Side is now on sale.
It’s been a snowy month here in Vermont, but that hasn’t slowed me down! The second installment of The Sword Chronicles – The Sword Chronicles: Child of Sorrows, is now available on Audible, plus I have been working hard on Viking’s Apprentice III, which should be available next month. And waiting in the wings is Eve of Tomorrow, the final novel in the Dawn of Rebellion series.
January has started well with a staged reading of Piece Of by Tasha Gordon-Solmon at Northern Stage. I played 12 roles ranging from a small boy to a Texan housewife. It was an enlightening week of rehearsals for me as this was an opportunity for Tasha to workshop her play, which is still a work in progress. The collaboration between her, the actors and the director proved to be a very rewarding experience.
I will be starting work on Kevin McLeod’s third book in his middle grade adventure series, Viking’s Apprentice III: Journey to the Other Side. I am looking forward to getting back to Campbell’s Cove and seeing how the story unfolds!
This month has been wonderfully crazy! The Sword Chronicles: Child of the Empire is now on sale and I finished working on Child of Sorrows just before Christmas Day, so look out for that in 2017!
In acting news, we performed our last show of A Christmas Carol at Northern Stage on Christmas Eve – what a great run!
November is off to a good start! Rehearsals for A Christmas Carol are going great and are so much fun. I have got three awesome costumes plus three wigs, so I don’t have to worry about hair – this makes me very happy!!
I have also completed The Sword Chronicles: Child of the Empire, which should hopefully be available on Audible in a couple of weeks. And I am now starting the second book in Michaelbrent’s series – Child of Sorrows.
I have also been working on Michaelbrent Colling’s wonderful YA science fiction/fantasy series The Sword Chronicles, Book 1 of which will hopefully available for sale next month. And to top it off I have started rehearsals for A Christmas Carol at Northern Stage, which runs Sat, November 19th – Sat December 24th. Mention my name when you call for tickets and you’ll get $10 off per ticket!
After having the summer off to hang out with my family, I am pleased to back in the studio recording Michelle’s next installment of her Dawn of Rebellion series – Day of Reckoning. In this latest YA novel we see the sisters, Dawn and Gabby continue their journey in a dystopian America, realising that sometimes even sisters can be on different sides.
I have two new audiobooks out on Audible and iTunes this month:a young adult novel, Dawn of Rebellion written by Michelle Lynn and a desert island mystery, Murder in Paradise written by Greg Wilson. Dawn of Rebellion was my second book in two months that crossed the Atlantic from the UK to the USA – always a transition I can identify with! Murder in Paradise is a murder thriller – I love reading these so it was a pleasure to be able to get stuck into narrating one.
King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Kim Iverson Headlee has been released on Audible and iTunes.As a fan of all things King Arthur and a Brit who now lives in America, I loved this book.
The Viking’s Apprentice II – The Master’s Revenge, by Kevin McLeod has been released on Audible and iTunes, as has V Things, by R. Barri Flowers. It was fun to be back in the Viking’s Apprentice world, working with Kevin again. The cover art looks fantastic as usual!
L and M Things, by R. Barri Flowers are out this month, on Audible and iTunes. Working with Northern Stage in their new theater last month was such a privilege, we have just booked tickets to their next show – Mary Poppins!
Performing in Our Town with an incredible cast and crew in the brand new theater at Northern Stage, White River Junction. What an amazing experience and a great show.
Busy most days rehearsing for Our Town at Northern Stage, working with the fabulous artistic director Carol Dunne.
After the success of A Things, author R. Barri Flowers has asked me to narrate the rest of his series of A to Z books for children. B, C, and D Things are out this month – 22 left to go until we get to Z!
A Ranger’s Tale: Tallenmere, Book One by Mysti Parker is out this month. I really enjoyed reading this fantasy romance, and hope it finds an audience on Audible and iTunes.
A Things, by R. Barri Flowers, also out. If it does well, I wonder if R. Barri will do the whole alphabet!
This month I attended ACX University, hosted by audible.com in their New Jersey headquarters. It was great to meet so many colleagues and learn the latest best-practices in audio-book narrating and producing. Most exciting – I met Amber Benson, who played Tara in one of my all time favourite series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer!
My first steam punk book is out this month – Chasing the Green Fairy: The Airship Racing Chronicles (Volume 2) by Melanie Karsak. A super fun read with lots of great characters and my favourite, Lily Stargazer.
The Viking’s Apprentice, by Kevin McLeod, is released this month, a great children’s fantasy book featuring goblins and other fantastical creatures – what could be better?!
I also performed in The Audition, a fun comedy skit as part of The Hunger Cabaret, at The Grange, Thetford VT. A great event that raised money for hunger relief agencies.
The Vineyard, by Michael Hurley has been released – my first audiobook production! It is selling well and I’m very proud of my collaboration with Michael.
I’ve also produced and released my second audiobook – a novelette by Loretta Livingstone titled Where Angels Tread
I appeared on stage at The Revels, in Hanover New Hampshire. This is a huge annual production that for many local families signals the start of the Christmas season. Lots of fun to be a part of as always.
I have bought my equipment and set up the studio – quite an investment but hopefully it will pay off! It has been fun learning how to use ProTools, but most fun of all narrating and producing my first commission, The Vineyard by Michael Hurley. It’s a very nicely written story about a group of women friends, set on Martha’s Vineyard. It is so evocative of the place it has made me desperate to visit.