Samantha Fell recently completed Love's Dangerous Challenge, by Author Ellynore Seybold. 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:
Samantha Fell. I go by Sam.
Title of the Book You Just Narrated For Us:
Love's Dangerous Challenge, by Author Ellynore Seybold who is great to work with.
What City do you live in?
IHS: What was your favorite part about narrating this particular book?
Sam: Is is something completely different for me. I loved the historical references and feel like I learned something.
IHS: How did you get into narrating audiobooks? Did you fall into it or was it planned? Sam: It's a kind of long story.... Basically my children were growing and after putting everything into them it was time to follow my dreams. I have always wanted to be an actress but lacked the confidence and didn't want to be leaving my family so I felt that voice acting was as good as if not better. I did some research and found out about audiobook narrating and it started from there. 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: I definitely get that! My background is very similar! So you have a theater background? Is it something you think is necessary to be a success? Sam: I did drama exams in school and was a member of a youth theatre when I was a teenager, but I haven't done anything as an adult. I think you need to have a natural talent and some acting experience is helpful but certainly not essential.
IHS: Were you an audiobook listener before you started narrating? Sam: No I'm a reader and have always enjoyed reading to others.
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? Sam: I don't want to do errotica although some of my upcoming projects have intimate scenes. Other than that I am happy to explore multiple genres.
IHS: Has anyone ever recognized you as a narrator from your voice? Sam: No not yet and I don't think they ever will. My family and friends don't think it sounds like me.
IHS: So… authors are kind of a unique breed of humans. Any funny stories about working authors?
Sam: As I said I'm a reader and I'm a perfectionist and I write, so when I read a manuscript I notice any errors or inconsistencies, the first time I was so nervous to email the author about some issues but it was fine, they tend just to be grateful and sometimes amazed because no-one had ever picked up on that before!
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?
Sam: Time management!!! Also editing…it's such an underrated part of the process but easily the most important and time consuming.
IHS: Let’s talk reviews. Do you read your reviews and listener comments?
Sam: Yes I do I find some constructive and can help me improve, great ones can give you an amazing boost of confidence, sometimes when you really need it and others so are funny! It's encouraging!
IHS: Do you research an author and book before taking on a project? If so, what do you most want to see? Sam: Yes I like to see that they seem to be committed to making the project a success especially on royalty share, it takes a lot of work and time to create an audiobook so I really want to see it succeed.
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? Sam: I promote on social media and family and friends. I also like to communicate with the author to make sure between us we cover all bases.
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? Sam: If I'm honest it's more me but I totally understand the appeal of them for others but my Aunt is a huge fan of them.
IHS: What were you most worried about when starting out as a narrator? Did the worry happen or was it unjustified? Sam: That nobody would like what I did I suppose and no it was not justified I am overwhelmed by the feedback I have been given, it gave me that boost of confidence when I really needed it!
IHS: And, as a follow-up, was there anything that you should have been worried about instead?
Sam: Time Management!!
IHS: Any advice for a new narrator?
Sam: Have confidence. If I can make my dreams come true anyone can, also don't take on too much.
IHS: Finally, what advice would you give authors who are thinking about doing an audiobook?
Sam: Do it there is a definite market out there and as an author you need to get out there in any way you can.
Okay, now. We'd like to know your Top 10 Reasons to Be An Audiobook Narrator. And in 10 words or less, Why?
Top 10 Craziest Accomplishments You’ve Made. And in 10 words or less, Why?
Had and raising 5 boys and they are all amazing!!
Been a vegetarian for over 2 years, I love that I'm doing my bit for the earth.
Been with my husband for 18 years, that's an achievement nowadays.
My Twins. Still can't believe I had twins, it's so special.
My book, I have written a children's book and am in talks with a publisher.
My new career, I followed my dreams eventually and they are coming true.
My resourcefulness, times have been tough but I've always found a way through!
Our fish, they are still alive!!
College, I have completed college courses whilst raising a family.
Thinking of these answers...quite an accomplishment!
IHS: And your Narrator Bio?
Samantha "Sam" Fell is a voice actor and aspiring author from the Midlands in the UK. I am a wife and mother to my 5 boys, I also have 2 whippets who I adore. My dream is to live by the sea preferably in Wales.
IHS: Perfect! Thank you so much for your time today, Sam!
Folks, we give you: Samantha "Sam" Fell, fantastic storyteller - and so easy to listen to!