Join me today in welcoming the talented producer/narrator of my contemporary romance, A TAMING SEASON, the first Love at Lake George novel, Sharon Cline.
Good morning, Sharon, and welcome to Emotional Journeys! I’m so glad I found you to narrate A Taming Season. This book and its characters have been very close to my heart. So I have to admit, I was more than a little picky in choosing a producer to be “their voices.”
From the first moment I heard your audition, I knew you could portray my heroine, Zoe, perfectly. What inspired you to begin producing audiobooks? And how long have you been at it?
What inspired me to narrate audiobooks is my love for audiobooks! I commute about two hours every day to and from work, and sometimes I can’t wait to get into my car and listen to the next chapter of whatever audiobook I’m listening to. In narrating, I love I can tap into another personality and try to feel what the character is feeling, and then try to convey the emotion through the words.
You really inject emotion into the characters’ voices. Do you have any training in acting?
I was involved in plays and musicals in high school and college. It’s always been somewhere in the background of my life, and I love I can incorporate acting into my love of books. I just started narrating books four months ago and am so excited!
Are you familiar with the location where the book takes place, in Lake George, New York?
I am not familiar with Lake George, but your descriptions make it sound beautiful, like a wonderful place to visit (just not in winter J).
Well, that’s true and it’s not. It’s true, Zoe did have a hard time making it up to Jason’s cabin that snowy winter night. But when I was ready to write that scene, I’d never actually been to Lake George in winter. So one frigid February, my husband and I packed up and headed north to spend a weekend on the lake. There are a few accommodations that stay open year-round, as Lake George has a busy winter “tourist season” as well — ice-fisherman, snowmobilers, and the like.
I have to admit, it was spectacular. The lake freezes over entirely (a shock to me!), and we spent the afternoon watching the antics on the ice all afternoon from our hotel window. Then, I awoke at four a.m. and looked outside. It was snowing like crazy! Big fat flakes were wafting down around the street lamp so thick I could hardly see it.
This is where I wrote the last few chapters of A Taming Season: Sitting right on its shores in the middle of a snowstorm 🙂
Back to you: I was blessed the day I was perusing narrators on ACX and discovered you, Sharon. The minute I heard your voice, I knew you were the voice of my heroine of A Taming Season, Zoe Anderson. It sounded like you really got into the role . . . can you tell us about what it was like to “live” Zoe’s story?
I enjoyed playing Zoe because I could identify with many aspects of her personality. She had an incredibly traumatic experience happen to her and has tried to build a normal life afterwards, struggling along the way. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t struggled in some part of their lives, trying to manage complicated emotions. Also I love that she was brave…I have a bracelet that says, “Fortune favors the brave,” and it’s an aspect of my personality I’ve been grateful to have throughout my life. She was brave not only in her willingness to experience a relationship again, but brave in accepting herself as she is, and loving herself whether anyone else did or not.
You also did an outstanding job of bringing Jason’s sister, Jade, to life. In the story, Jade is Jason’s half-sister who was born and raised in Jamaica. Your Jamaican accent is amazing. How does a narrator adopt an accent?
Jade’s Jamaican accent is new for me! I am so glad you’re pleased with it. I listened to lots of outube videos with people speaking the accent to try to get the cadence down.
How does the narration process work? Do you read the entire book before sitting down to record, or just one chapter at a time?
I read a few pages at a time to get the gist of what’s going on in the book and then dive in. It’s like I’m experiencing the book at the same time as the reader, the emotions are fresh and real to me that way. The first time I experience an emotion is usually the strongest and I’m the most pleased with it in narrating.
Do you have a home recording studio? Or do you rent space in a professional studio?
I have a home studio, which I love because I can record any time.
What did you think of the story? You mentioned that you had difficulty in certain spots because you became emotional and had to stop for a while . . .
I had trouble with some parts of the book to keep my emotions in check, because I just felt so strongly what the characters were saying, what they were feeling. It was like I was them, which is quite interesting in I’ve never played a male character. But truly, how different are we really, when we all mostly want love and acceptance and to be valued, whether male or female? I would stop sometimes because I’d get teary eyed and sound like I was stuffy. But I loved feeling what they felt, like living and identifying with the human experience, vulnerability and sorrow and joy and uncertainty and frustration and anger and jealousy and best of all, love.
Do you think you might consider narrating the next book in the Love at Lake George series? (fingers crossed)
I’d be honored to narrate the next “Love at Lake George” novel! I look forward to it!
That’s great news, and since I held this interview with Sharon Cline, she has also committed to producing my 2017 National Readers Choice Award finalist, The Phoenix Syndrome. That will be coming sometime later this summer, while I continue work on the second Love at Lake George novel, “Anchor My Heart.”
You can connect with Sharon on Twitter Here.
And now, for the giveaway 🙂 I’m giving away 5 free copies of A Taming Season in audiobook version! Just comment below to enter. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on July 4th, 2018!
Thank you, Sharon, for visiting with me today. It has been pure joy working with you, and I look forward to hearing the next production of The Phoenix Syndrome!