IHS: Welcome, David! Thank you for being with us today. I’m really excited to have you here! Would you please tell our followers who you are, what city you're from?
David: Hi! Yes, Absolutely. I am David V. Mammina, from Lindenhurst, NY
IHS: What is the title of the book you just completed with us?
IHS: So, tell us, what was your favorite part about bringing this book to audiobook life?
David: Nothing compares to hearing your tale come to life through another person’s talents. In some ways, it’s like listening to the story in a new way, all over again. There is a certain majesty to it.
IHS: That is so true! OK, next. Whether fiction or non-fiction, books are truly inspired work from authors. What was your inspiration for this book?
David: Paltronis was originally an unplanned book, but after experiencing bad politics and corrupt practices from people in my own community, I was instantly inspired to write a short story about true justice and how heroes can expose, defy and triumph over oppression of all kinds. That short story turned into an immersive novel, which, in turn, became one of my favorites in my collection. In fact, I dedicated the book to ‘those corrupted by greed, glory, and politics. I pray this story teaches you a lesson.’
IHS: That's an inspiring story. We should all stand up for what we believe in. Moving on, is your primary business writing? If so, what do you do for fun? If not, what do you do “in real life”?
David: I live in my imagination so much that, at times, I find that is my real life. But insanity aside, I teach history to middle school students with autism and learning disabilities. It happens to be a career that turned into a fun passion. I simply love educating and connecting with adolescents.
IHS: Yes! An admirable life choice. Teaching should always be seen as a passion and not just as a job. The children of today need more teachers like you. So, many authors are not audiobook listeners by nature. Are you? Have you ever listened to an audiobook before your own?
David: Admittedly, I haven’t listened to audiobooks before my own! As a result, I’m quite a believer in them now. Especially since I’m driving to and from work every weekday.
IHS: When you were listening to your narrator auditions, what was it like to hear your book get voiced by different people?
David: At first, the feeling I experienced was gratitude. Hearing them interpret my characters and my own written narration was greatly inspiring. It was a challenge to select the right fit for the story and players in the tale, but when you hear the right one—it's like getting hit by lightning. (A lightning that doesn’t kill you, of course.)
IHS: And you did find the perfect narrator! He is fantastic. What were you most worried about when starting out with this audiobook process? Did the worry happen or was it unjustified?
David: There is often some apprehension when starting a new project with other people, as it’s natural, I think. Yet, discussing the possibilities and potential for my book to reach so many in such an enchanting way, apprehension melted away and all that was left was gratefulness and excitement.
IHS: And, in hindsight, was there anything that you probably ACTUALLY should have been worried about instead?
David: As an indie author, I’ve been trained by the fates to worry about editing and marketing—in that order. Even now, while answering this, the little hairs on the back of my neck have stood up.