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.
IHS: Ok now. let’s talk reviews. Do you read your reviews and will you read your listener comments? What do you most like to see in the comments?
David: I find that genuine reviews are a type of temperature gauge for a writer’s novel. In my case, I love reading positive reviews. I mean, who wouldn’t? However, reading critical reviews have also changed me in a positive way. Initially, I was heartbroken and uninspired. But after reading the reviews again, I took the criticism and used them to perfect my work. The negative reviews that were a harpoon in my heart actually sharpened my skills like a whetstone, making my books even greater than before.
IHS: Once a book is finished, then the work of marketing begins. What do you do to spread the word about a new release?
David: Oh dear, my trigger word. Marketing. I’ve come to learn how much work marketing can be. Currently, I use social media to spread the word of my writings, but also to connect with readers and other writers. It has been a joy to read other indie authors’ works and review them. In doing so, I believe that others will do the same for me. In the end, I am still realizing that nothing is more powerful than ‘word of mouth'.
IHS: What advice would you give those who are thinking about becoming an author?
David: I would probably tell them to write down what is in their hearts and worry about what comes later. Outline what you want, write in your incredible story and work out the kinks when you finish. Never rush the work, particularly when you’re trying to get it out for the world to read. Take your time editing and perfecting the story. It took you a long time to write it, now it will take a lot of time to make it the best it can be.
IHS: Great advice! Now, what advice would you give authors who are thinking about doing an audiobook from their published book?
David: Without reservation, do it. Buy an audiobook of a short story and listen to it. Let the idea of your story being read by a professional sink in. Many people will get lost hearing your amazing book.
IHS: What was the best part for you about working with I’m Hearing Stories. Would you recommend I’m Hearing Stories to other authors thinking about creating an audiobook?
David: I couldn’t possibly imagine working with any other company than I’m Hearing Stories. It has been such a pleasant and exciting experience, actually, from start to finish. In many ways, working with the caring staff of I’m Hearing Stories is what made me realize that I made the right choice. Perhaps even the best choice.
IHS: Thank you so much for that! What a fun time we've had chatting with you today and getting your input! Okay, just for fun now, why don't you give us your Top Ten Craziest Accomplishments....
David' Top 10 Reasons I Could Never Be An Audiobook Narrator.
1. I’m from Long Island. Our accents are terrible! Haha
2. I don’t have the right equipment to make such magic.
3. I’d second guess myself with my character interpretations.
4. Pronouncing all those fantasy names!
5. Editing my narration would be unforgiving.
6. I’d probably concern myself with how I was doing throughout.
7. There are hardly any quiet places in NY to record.
8. I’d probably lose my voice.
9. Imagining myself acting out female voices is just too much.
10. While reading aloud, I’d surely get lost in the story!
IHS: Thank you! That's funny and entertaining!! So, how can our followers learn more about you?
David V. Mammina lives in Lindenhurst, NY and teaches Social Studies to students with learning disabilities on Long Island. He is the author of various fantasy novels and the recipient of the Presidential Service Award for his volunteer work in the community. He enjoys connecting with avid readers and other independent authors, as well as dabbling in deck-building card games. His novels contain a solid storyline, deep character development, and twists and turns that can challenge any reader. Themes of his work include redemption of fallen heroes, good versus evil and the unity of those split by their differences in the face of adversity—set in post-apocalypse, fantasy realms and present day.
Okay, folks, there you have it! David V. Mammina, author of Paltronis.