Jax Russell recently completed End of the Rainbow: An Aggie Underhill St. Patrick's Day Short Story, by Author Michelle Hollstein. 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:
End of the Rainbow: An Aggie Underhill St. Patrick's Day Short Story, by Author Michelle Hollstein - who is awesome!
What City do you live in?
IHS: What was your favorite part about listening to this book come to life?
Jax: I enjoyed the process of playing the different characters and using different dialects.
IHS: How did you get into narrating audiobooks? Did you fall into it or was it planned? Jax: The Audio Tech from our small production company approached me at the end of last year and thought this would be an enjoyable way to stay artistically connected.
IHS: Do you have a theater background? Is it something you think is necessary to be a success? Jax: Yes, I have a Theater background. No I do not believe it is necessary, although I believe it helps.
IHS: Were you an audiobook listener before you started narrating? Jax: Sadly... No.
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? Jax: I cannot say that I have an opinion about this just yet. I will say that I have completed four books so far and they have all been completely different.
IHS: Has anyone ever recognized you as a narrator from your voice? Jax: Not yet...I'm optimistic though.
IHS: Learning to narrate audiobooks can sometimes feel like going through the school of hard knocks. What was a the most unexpected lesson you got in your early narrating career? Jax: ARTICULATION!!! Words beginning with the same letter or sounds in succession have ways of being rather tricky. Also I have a bad habit of wanting to add words that do not belong.
IHS: Do you research an author and book before taking on a project? If so, what do you most want to see? Jax: Not as of yet. Although I could see myself doing this in the not too distant future. I am beginning to realize that I am comfortable reading action, and I could visualize myself looking for authors who are accomplished at writing it.
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? Jax: A little too early for me to give an honest opinion. With that being said I am taking a break from this last completed book to investigate and master some tools that will put me in a better position to publicize myself and get my name and work "out there".
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? Jax: No audiobook haters. Still people who read their own book have a strong argument in regards to the feelings that a physical book has on them and their thinking. My question is... Is it reading? Or is it having a story told to you or us? Storytelling can be traced back to the earliest times of our existence and has a very powerful effect on the listeners mind and imagination. I see it much in the same way as the effect that radio comedies and dramas had an effect on their audiences in the 20's, 30's and 40's. So far by the people I have surveyed the listeners are not only interested in a strong story but a strong storyteller or reader as well. My advice to people is to give it a try. The people who do not have the time to read the book due to driving or active lifestyles seem to really enjoy them.