Alexa Elmy did an amazing job bring Stella & Johnny to life. I can’t wait for y’all to hear the audio! Make sure to scroll down for an interview with Alexa.
What happens when a city girl goes country?
She is a driven city girl with her eyes on the prize.
He is a smoking hot country mechanic whose prize is her.
Stella Monroe has her eye on one thing…a promotion. So when her boss offers her an opportunity to show her value to the company, she decides to take it. There is just one problem. Moving to a small town away from her city life isn’t Stella’s idea of a good time. But she’s got this. Right?
From the minute she arrives in the country, Stella is beginning to lose her confidence. Her car ends up in a ditch, a snake decides to visit her in the shower, and the quiet is driving her crazy. Her only saving grace is the hot mechanic that rescued her from the side of the road. His mix of kindness and cocky playfulness is definitely appealing, but can she manage her career and a fling?
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Interview with Alexa Elmy
Do you read the book first?
I always read the book prior to narrating it. While reading it I annotate the book with narration cues. It’s important for me to read the book prior to narrating so that I am familiar with both the characters and with the arc of the story.
Do you do anything to make your characters sound different in each book you narrate? Like from one book to the next?
I treat every character as a unique individual. When I create the voice for any given character, I think about their personality and how they move throughout the world, which leads me to find their vocal qualities. It’s a fun challenge to find at least one new character voice for each book. The more books I narrate, the more difficult that challenge is, especially when the characters need to sound like real people!
Do you cringe when you read sex scenes aloud?
I cringe when I think about family and friends listening to it.
When switching the voice from female to male, or male to female, what thoughts go through your head?
Before I start recording I create a file with a voice for every character in the book. When I’m switching characters, if I haven’t voiced a particular character in a few chapters I will go back to my file and listen to the voice I created. When switching characters, more than anything else I think about the personality of the character and who they are as an individual. However, sometimes I use my physicality to help switch characters. For example, if I switch from voicing a young female character to an older male character, I’ll shift how I’m sitting in my chair, maybe I’ll open my legs and manspread.
How much do you practice before recording?
Rather than practicing, I do pre-production work such as annotating the book with narration cues and creating all the character voices. I think narrating audiobooks requires a bit of improv since the work is created in the moment. However, if I stumble over a word or I think a line should be said differently, I’ll go back and record the sentence over again.
If you had your perfect world, what info do you wish authors would give you before you start a project?
I wish authors would give me the pronunciations of unusual places and names. Sometimes they are difficult to find or the pronunciation shifts depending on where you are from.
What do you do to help your voice? Warm ups, routines, drinks?
I have a series of acting warm ups that I run through to warm up my voice and body. I also drink a lot of water.