January 12, 2020
My guest tonight is audiobook engineer Michael J. Kinsey!
Michael describes how important the drums were to him growing up, and how his experience digitizing music tapes helped open the door to audiobook engineering at Recording For The Blind And Dyslexic (now Learning Ally). Michael also talks about his approach to mastering an audiobook, and how important it is to get recording levels (not to mention your recording environment) right. All this over a shot of Patron tequila and a Tropical Lifesaver!
You can find Michael on Twitter at @VOCommunity, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/michael.kinsey.2112, and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-j-kinsey2112/.
Tonight's Audiobook Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
December 29, 2019
I'm joined tonight by actor, audiobook narrator, and narration coach Helen Lloyd!
Helen talks about her early years as an actor and how she found her way into the audiobook world. Helen then describes her experience as Bee Audio's "UK Voice Wrangler," and how that eventually led to her coaching practice. And she does the entire interview with a British accent! All this and more over some Earl Grey tea, an elderflower and pressed pear cordial, and a Fancy Free!
You can find Helen online at https://www.helenlloydaudio.com, on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/helenlloydaudio/, and on Twitter and Instagram at @helenlloydaudio.
Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
December 15, 2019
Tonight I'm joined by audiobook narrator and acting, narration, and career coach Elise Arsenault!
Elise tells me about her acting journey, from George Mason University through Missoula Children's Theater, Washington, D. C., and regional theater in Boston. Elise then describes how audiobooks entered into her career mix, and explains her Power Group coaching process. All this and more over some Lenore Syrah and a Smoky Nail!
You can find Elise at http://www.elisearsenault.com and https://www.theglobalactor.com; on Twitter at @eliseacts; and on Instagram at @elisearsenault.actor. You can find the Global Actor Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/globalactors/.
Tonight's episode is being brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
December 1, 2019
Tonight I'm speaking with my first returning guest, Steven Jay Cohen!
I spoke with Steven back in episode 14 about his journey as a narrator and the founder of Listen 2 A Book, which became Spoken Realms. Tonight, we take a deep dive into the roots of Spoken Realms, what's been happening there lately, and what's on the horizon. Steven goes into details about how technology is affecting the audiobook landscape, and about the importance of following directions when applying to work with Spoken Realms -- and any other audiobook producers. All this over a vanilla porter and an Old Fashioned!
You can find Steven at https://www.stevenjaycohen.com, and Spoken Realms at https://www.spokenrealms.com.
Tonight's episode is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
November 17, 2019
My guest tonight is lawyer, author, and audiobook producer and director Jessica Kaye!
Jessica tells me how and why she got into the legal profession, and how it eventually led her to the audiobook world. Jessica also talks about what's in her book, The Guide to Publishing Audiobooks, and about the importance of audiobook-specific training for narrators. All this and more over some Cocobon red wine (a red blend that you can't see through!) and a Gibson!
You can find Jessica online at http://kayemills.com and http://bighappyfamilyaudio.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jessicakaye and https://www.facebook.com/BigHappyFamilyAudio/, on Twitter at @jessicakayeesq, and on Instagram at @jessicak424.
Tonight's episode brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions. On the cutting wedge, and on the web at http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
November 3, 2019
My guest tonight is grammy-award winning audiobook producer John McElroy!
John talks about his start in the audiobook industry abridging books (back when that was far more common than it is today), how he founded the Gashouse Production Company, and how that morphed into Eljin Productions 10 years ago. John also describes a typical production at Eljin, and shares his vision for Erggo, a publicly accessible database of audiobook narrators. All this over a König Pilsener and a Barracuda!
You can find John on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-mcelroy-1417413, and you can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight's Speakeasy chat brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions. They're on the cutting wedge, and you can find them at http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
October 20, 2019
My guests tonight have performed many dual narrations together: Erin Mallon and Zachary Webber, romance narrators extraordinaire!
Erin and Zach share their stories about getting into audiobooks, and the romance genre specifically. They also describe their process for producing great dual narrations, and share their thoughts on what narrators can focus on when diving into this more and more common approach to audiobooks in the romance genre that shift POV between the main characters. All this and more over a glass of 19 Crimes Cabernet, a coconut water, and a Scotch and soda!
You can find Erin on Twitter at @ErinMallon and on Facebook at erinmallon.
You can find Zach on Twitter at @ZacharyWebber and on Facebook at zacharywebber.
Tonight's episode brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions, on the web at http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
October 6, 2019
My guest tonight is this year's Audie winner for Best Female Narrator, Julia Whelan!
Julia talks about growing up as a child actor on television and learning how fast the acting landscape changes when you take four years off to get an education. Julia also describes her very serendipitous entry into the audiobook world, and how important it is to take risks. All this and more over a Last Word and a Monte Carlo!
You can find Julia on Twitter and Instagram at @justjuliawhelan.
This week's episode is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
September 22, 2019
My guest tonight is heading up the new Audio Division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Tommy Harron!
After a brief discussion of beer and Lambrusco, Tommy describes how his musical career led him to a job at Talking Books, then Hachette, and finally HMH to lead the newly created Audio Division. Tommy and I then talk about the progress they've made at HMH Audio and how a typical production progresses. All this over a cup of tea and some Writer's Tears Irish Whiskey!
You can find Tommy on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/tommyharron/.
August 25, 2019
My guest tonight is Earphones award-winning narrator James Patrick Cronin!
James tells me about being a child actor and his subsequent education in both acting and philosophy (not to mention his whiskey education, being an Irish citizen and having lived for one year in Edinburgh and seven years in Kentucky). James also talks about his choice to use a pseudonym, why using a pseudonym carries no negative connotations in this industry, and how important it is to make a decision about a pseudonym as early in your career as possible. All this and more over a grapefruit Stiegl Radler and a Gin Sling!
You can find James on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JamesPatrickCronin/ and on Twitter at @JamesPCronin.