Updated: Nov 5, 2019
Ella Lynch narrated Always in My Heart by author M. Claire Gager and it is available now on iTunes, Amazon and Audible.
Thank you so much for connecting with us today! We are excited to learn more about the voice behind this book!
First, some particulars:
Title of the Book You Just Narrated For Us:
Always In My Heart by M Claire Gager
What City do you live in?
Exeter, Devon, UK.
Now for the cool stuff. Here goes!
IHS: What was your favorite part about narrating this particular book?
Ella: This was the first audiobook I narrated. So my favourite part was that I was finally putting my dreams into action. That I was able to bring an exciting, interesting story to life and make it accessible to more people through the medium of audio.
IHS: How did you get into narrating audiobooks? Did you fall into it or was it planned?
Ella: I have always wanted to be an audiobook narrator and voice actress. But my fear of failure stopped me from trying for a very very long time. Finally in early 2018 my daughter had started school, and I had been talking about wanting to do it now I had the time, but didn’t know where to start. I was with a good friend and she asked when I was going to make it happen… I said I didn’t know if I could do it, I was scared of failing, of being rubbish at it, of not getting any work, of not being good enough. She said that was fine, but I would only be living a half life, I wouldn’t be being true to myself. There were a lot of tears, as I realised the only thing holding me back was me. She got me signed up for 2 courses that day to show and remind me that I am a talented actress with a passion for audio, and from there my truth unfolded.
IHS: What a. wonderful story! Your daughter sounds like a wonderful person! We're really glad she talked you into following your dream! Do you have a theater background? Is it something you think is necessary to be a success as a narrator?
Ella: I studied performing arts in college, as I always wanted to be an actress. I couldn’t say whether it is something that is necessary to be a success, but I know for me, that it was an integral part of my being. I had wanted that course my whole life, and I did it, and got triple distinction and affirmed to myself that I was good enough.
IHS: Were you an audiobook listener before you started narrating?
Ella: YES! I listened to audiobooks as a child every night, and in the car on long journeys. I absolutely loved them. If 6 year old me could see that 32 year old me is creating audiobooks for a living now, I would be ecstatic! Since realising my dream, I have found I listen to so many audiobooks now, but I have to stop myself from judging the production quality, which is something I never thought about or even noticed before!
IHS: Wonderful! 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?
Ella: I am pretty open to narrating almost anything to be honest. The only things I wouldn’t narrate would be things that don’t sit right with me. I have to be able to be authentic and true to myself and the author, and if a project made me feel uncomfortable due to its content, then I couldn’t do it the justice it and the author deserve.