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Interview with a Narrator: Danielle Daly


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Narrator Danielle Daly

Danielle Daly narrated Burned on Sunday by K Wendt and it is available now on iTunes, Amazon and Audible.

Hi Danielle,


Thank you so much for connecting with us today! We are excited to learn more about the voice behind this book!


First, some particulars:

Your Name?

Danielle Daly


Title of the Book You Just Narrated For Us:

Burned on Sunday by K Wednt


What City do you live in?

Centereach, NY


Now for the cool stuff.  Here goes!


IHS: What was your favorite part about narrating this particular book?


Danielle: I much prefer to narrate stories that I feel a connection to, and I felt that way about Burned on Sunday. I really love the main character, Lucy, so that made performing her story a lot of fun.


IHS: How did you get into narrating audiobooks?  Did you fall into it or was it planned?


Danielle: Back in 2011, I was an avid listener of a certain group of speculative fiction podcasts and they put out a call for new narrators. I had never recorded anything before, but I always loved reading aloud and using different voices for various characters, so I decided to give it a try. I’ve since recorded over 40 stories and 5 audiobooks.


IHS: Wow, that's amazing? So, do you have a theater background?  Is it something you think is necessary to be a success as a narrator?


Danielle: I do not have a theatrical background, unless plays in grade school count? So while I am sure it would be a valuable background to have, I don’t think it’s an absolute necessity.

IHS: Were you an audiobook listener before you started narrating?


Danielle: Absolutely. My mother was always playing her “books on tape” as I was growing up, so it was something I was exposed to a lot, even before we all had the Audible app on our phones. I still remember the first book I listened to myself! (It was “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins and read by Michael Nouri.)


IHS: Narrators seem to each have their favorite niche or genre, and things they don’t like to get into.  What kinds of books do you stay away from?


Danielle: Non-fiction. I’m really only interested in narrating books I would choose as a reader/listener myself. I’ve never been able to read non-fiction for pleasure, so I tend to stay away from those titles.


IHS: So... authors are kind of unique breed of humans. Any funny stories about working with authors?


Danielle: No funny stories, but I love working with authors. They absolutely do tend to be unique! I’m the narrator for a series of paranormal cozy mysteries and have gotten to be quite friendly with that author, which I love.


IHS: Has anyone ever recognized you as a narrator from your voice?


Danielle: Yes, actually! I went to an adult summer camp a few years ago and I was recognized there from my podcast work. It was surreal!


IHS: Exciting! Now, learning to narrate audiobooks can sometimes feel like going through the school of hard knocks. What was the most unexpected lesson you got in your early narrating career?


Danielle: Learning to take criticism and to not let bad reviews get you down. Not everyone will love the work you do, and that’s OK.


IHS: Let’s talk reviews.  Do you read your reviews and listener comments?


Danielle: Yes. I feel like I have to, in order to better understand my own strengths and weaknesses. Getting feedback from the author is super helpful, but they’re so close to their own work. Hearing from unbiased listeners, while sometimes painful, can only help me grow as a narrator.


IHS: Do you research an author and book before taking on a project?  If so, what do you most want to see?


Danielle: I do. For one, I have to know, or feel, that I will like the book before submitting an audition. If the author has other books out, I’ll look at their reviews. Many books available for narration through the platform ACX are self-published and those can be hit or miss in terms of editing and professionalism. If the reviews indicate the author didn’t use an editor, chances are I will skip that title and look for something else to audition for.


IHS: Once a book is finished, then the work of marketing begins.  What do you do to spread the word about a new audiobook release?


Danielle: I have a website, I use Twitter, and sometimes I will add promo codes to a website like freeaudiobooks.com to hopefully generate some reviews.


IHS: Any audiobook haters in your friends or family?  People who are avid “page-turners” or those who think listening to audiobooks is not really reading?  What do you say to them?


Danielle: Thankfully, no! My circle are all book lovers in all forms, so I have a lot of support.


IHS: What were you most worried about when starting out as a narrator?  Did the worry happen or was it unjustified?


Danielle: When I was starting out, I was only worried about the quality of my recordings. And it was TOTALLY justified. I was recording using a laptop mic in an untreated room and it showed. I’ve since upgraded my equipment and space and my sound is a lot cleaner.


IHS: And, as a follow up, what should you ACTUALLY have been most worried about instead??


Danielle: Accents! I never want to offend anybody by butchering a regional accent.


IHS: So now, what advice would you give those who are thinking about becoming a narrator?


Danielle: Being an audiobook narrator is a LOT of work. And even when you’re not reading, and editing and producing the book, you still have to be conscious of your habits. Drink more water than you think you need, avoid yelling and straining your voice. Develop habits to help streamline your processes. If possible, only take jobs for titles you love. Remember that your name will be attached to that book! Most of all, you should be sure that you love what you do, because as I said (it’s worth repeating) producing an audiobook is a LOT of work. It’s certainly a labor of love for me though. I wouldn’t want to do anything else.


IHS: Great advice! Finally, what advice would you give authors who are thinking about doing an audiobook?


Danielle: Do it! Beyond making your book more accessible to people with disabilities (like blindness or dyslexia) audiobooks appeal to a different market. Why not take advantage of that revenue stream? But when you do choose to partner with a narrator/producer, provide them as much information as possible regarding characters and your own needs. Be open to communication with the narrator. That will help with making the audiobook the best it can be.



Thank you so much for your input!  


Danielle Daly's Top 10 Best Audiobooks:

Why?


  1. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel written and read by Fannie Flagg I love books with a strong female lead.

  2. Nolyn: The Rise and Fall, Book 1 by Michael J. Sullivan, read by Tim Gerard Reynolds I will read anything these two put out. MJS may be my favorite author.

  3. Savage Bounty: Savage Rebellion by Matt Wallace, read by Lameece Issaq While a brutal series, it’s written so well, I can’t wait for the next one.

  4. Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynn Jones, read by Jenny Sterlin I watched the movie, but the book is better!

  5. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe written by Fannie Flagg, read by Lorna Raver Again, the beloved movie is no match for the book. I love the characters.

  6. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, read by Rosalyn Landor Bridgerton on Netflix was so lush and gorgeous, I needed more of the story.

  7. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, read by Jefferson Mays I love The Expanse but needed to learn more about the science.

  8. Noob Game Plus: Noobtown, Book 5 by Ryan Rimmel, read by Johnathan McClain Pure fun with some gross humor. Brain candy.

  9. Blood Moon:Vampire Vigilante Book One by Nazri Noor, read by Nick Podehl I love Nick Podehl and am a sucker for sexy vampires.

  10. Subversive: Clandestine Magic, Book 1 by Colleen Cowley, read by Leanne Woodward Alternate history featuring feminism and magic? Yes please!


IHS: Social Media links for you that we can share with our fans so they can find out more about you:


Narrator Bio:

Danielle Daly is a mature storyteller with over 10 years of experience recording and producing stories. Starting with short stories for award winning audio fiction podcasts, her career has expanded to full length audiobooks.


There you go folks, Danielle Daly - an awesome narrator and great performer.



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