Sunday, March 22, 2009

I Got To Hear My Character Speak!

I was thrilled when Brilliance Audio bought the audio rights to Neil Armstrong is my Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me, and I've been anxiously searching their website for news of who's going to narrate my story. Last Sunday, I searched the sight and noticed they listed Emily Bauer as the person reading.

I did some quick research. Using all my librarian skills, I scoured the web for information. Okay, it wasn't really hard. Emily has her own website.

Here's a brief bio on Emily Bauer. She's performed in regional theater, Broadway and European National Tours as well as television, film and soap operas. She's in demand and highly-regarded as a voice over artist. You can hear Emily's voice on cartoons, commercials, networks, toys, video games and of course, audio books. If that's not enough, she teaches acting too.

I was so excited, I sent her a quick email. The very next morning, she gave me a call. She was at the studio with her director, and they were getting ready to do the recording of my book. After talking for a few minutes, I was certain the novel was in good hands. Emily and the director, Lisa, really got my story.

Lisa invited me to call back during my lunch hour. So that afternoon, I left work, jumped into my car, found a quiet spot on the side of the road, and called in. Lisa held the phone up so I could hear Emily read.

Emily was amazing! She was exactly what I thought the character should be. She sounded like a feisty eleven-year-old. I loved it.

I wish I could describe what it feels like to be sitting on the side of the road in a New Jersey town, listening on the phone to someone reading the words from your very first novel. I was so overwhelmed, I cried.

Every once in a while, you get to have a perfect day!


Anonymous said...

Oh Nan, what a wonder story to share and capture here for all time on your blog. I'm so glad you're writing here to journal your experiences with the book. Keep it going! :)

Anonymous said...

Hurray for Muscle Man and Tamara Ann Simpson. This is so exciting. Another major coup for a wonderful writer.

nanmarino said...

Thanks Jen. Thanks Lee.
It was such a great experience.

Anonymous said...

WooHoo!! It must have been truly amazing to hear your words come alive like that!
((HUGS)) I would have cried too!

nanmarino said...

Thanks Sharon! Emily really nailed Tamara's voice. I can't wait for you to hear it.

Jacqui said...

I love the titles of both your book and your blog!

nanmarino said...

Thanks Jacqui :)

C.R. Evers said...

Welcome to Blogland and congratulations on your success! :0)


nanmarino said...

Thanks for the welcome Christy. So far, Blogland is a pretty nice place.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for such warm and well written words...Though why should I expect anything less than warm, well written words from you?!

I had a wonderful time narrating this book. Every once in a while, a book comes along that I just "get". I felt I really understood what Tamara was going though and what this book was all about. To everyone out there in blogland...I cried when I read this book the first time. It is achingly beautiful, and spoke to me on the most basic of levels. This book has heart, and I hope I was able to bring some of that to the recording studio!

Emily Bauer

nanmarino said...

Aww, Emily, you made me cry again. Thank you for your kind comments. I can't wait to hear your entire reading. I know it will be awesome!

Anonymous said...

hi this is one of Mrs. Qualgins students i loved the book it is coming out on my birthday