In honor of the up coming anniversary of publishing You Are Mine, I am giving away the entire signed paperback series. All you have to do is ask a question, any question about books, the Mine series, Darkening Light series, or writing in general, and you’ll be entered to win. Best of luck to you!
Today, I’m very excited to announce that the audiobook for my young adult fantasy, MINE TO TARNISH is complete and ready to buy. Maria Pendolino, the narrator, has done a marvelous job with it! I love how well she has captured Katherine.
You can listen to a sample here, under the cover.
Or you can buy it here.
The real treat for today is that I had a chance to interview Maria and discover more about what goes on behind the scenes of narrating a book. I’m so happy to welcome Maria to my site today.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Maria: My name is Maria Pendolino and I’m an actor living in New York City. I’m originally from Buffalo, NY. I’ve done work in theatre, TV and film as well as voiceover, commercials and audiobooks! Some of my most memorable roles were on Lifetime’s hit show ARMY WIVES, Nat Geo’s LOCKED UP ABROAD and the Bollywood hit movie ENGLISH VINGLISH. You can hear my voice on commercials for American Express, Zipcar, Robert Mondavi Wines and Monistat.
Janeal: Wow! Sounds like you’ve had some really interesting experiences in your life. Which I’m super grateful for since it lead to narratoring MINE TO SPELL.
Can you tell us what it’s like to narrate one hour of a finished audio book?
Maria: To get one hour of finished audio, it probably takes me about an hour and 45 minutes of studio time and then another half hour of editing time. I’m usually pretty good about being able to read a large amount of text without stumbling or making a mistake, but every once in awhile I’ll get into a giggle fit and I have to keep going back to correct mistakes.
Janeal: That’s crazy to think it takes almost twice as long to make it as the finished audio is. I’d probably get into giggle fits too and never get anything done.
Can you tell us about the studio where you work?
Maria: I have a home studio in my apartment. It’s a closet that I have converted into a booth. It’s big enough for me to sit on a stool, have my microphone and a music stand – and that’s about it. It’s not glamorous, but it shuts out the noise of the sirens and the traffic of New York City – so it does the job!
Janeal: I’m impressed that you turned a closet into a booth! That’s so awesome. It may not be glamorous, but it sounds like a great use of space.
How do you decide what to narrate?
Maria: I tend to work on projects that I would enjoy listening to or I would enjoy reading. It makes it a lot easier to narrate a long title when I love the story and the characters. But, I’m always open to trying new genres and I love when authors reach out to me to ask if I might like to be a part of their project.
Do you have a genre you enjoy narrating most? If so, what is it?
Maria: I love young adult, women’s fiction (or “Chick Lit”) and anything that has a snarky or sarcastic tone to it. I also love doing character voices, so any book that has some eccentric characters is a lot of fun to work on.
What’s your favorite part about narrating?
Maria: Bringing stories to life with just my voice and painting a picture that the listener can imagine.
What are some of your favorite books?
Maria: My favorite novel of all time is JEMIMA J by Jane Green. I also love all of Marian Keyes’ books. Other favorite authors are Jen Lancaster, Jennifer Weiner and David Sedaris.
What’s your favorite hobby?
Maria: I’m a theatre nerd and I love going to Broadway shows. I’m in NYC, so gotta take advantage.
Favorite candy bar?
Maria: I actually hate chocolate, which I know is a crime against humanity – but I love Twizzlers.
Janeal: Not like chocolate? That’s crazy! Twizzlers are good though.
Maria: I’m a coffee drinker, through and through. With a shot of caramel and maybe a shot of Bailey’s (if I’m not at work!)
Janeal: Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on narrating with us, Maria! We’re so glad you stopped by today!
Questions answered in part 1:
-If you were Serena’s mother, how would you cope with losing the man who had controlled your whole life?
-I’m really curious as to whose point of view the next book will be coming from?
-So I know Waverly’s story is next, but then can we have Bethany?
-What inspired you to write the Mine series?
-Were you afraid with the Mine series how readers would react to the women being mistreated/kept submissive?
-When can we expect book 3?
-Have you changed them a lot as you write and develop them or did you stick with an original idea as to where the story would lead?
-What makes a great author? What inspired you to write the series? Have you ever doubted choosing a writer’s path? Why? When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
Winners announced. Questions answered in part 2:
-When did you first decide you wanted to take on the monumental task of writing a book, let alone a series?
-How many books will be in the series? When will the 3rd book release?
-How lond did it take you to write mine to spell?
-Have you ever traveled outside of the US? If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
-While creating the world of Chardonia, how did you get the inspiration for the Tarnished?
-How much wood could a woodchuck, chuck- if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
-Where do you get your ideas?
-How did you decide on the covers you have for your books?
-If You Are Mine was made into a movie, who would you want to play Serena?
Missed Question (opps!): Do you identify with any of your characters? If so, which one(s) and in what way?
Also, I have to go through 28 pages today, not 48. Still a lot, but much more doable.
Thank you so much for all the questions!
Ask and Answer will no longer be featured on this site. No worries though, just moving it to tumblr. It’s easier for you guys to ask questions, see different questions and answers. Plus it’s easier for me to answer them. Win, win all around. And seriously guys, if you have checked out tumblr before, it’s awesome. But beware it’s addictive power!
I’ll still be answering questions of Fridays, so be sure to stop by for new insights or to ask questions of your own.
Thrilled to do the first Ask and Answer! Funny tidbit, I can’t spell answer. I always type anwser and have to spell check it. Story teller I am, good speller I am not. On to questions today coming from Christy.
- Will the story continue? ~Christy B
The story will most definitely continue. Book #2, Mine to Spell, is with one of my critique partners right now hopefully getting ripped to shreds. I don’t have any release details or blurb yet, but I can say it’s from Cynthia’s perspective.
There will be four books in the Mine series, with some extras along the way. If you’d like to see how things are coming along you can check my Works in Progress page. I try to update it regularly.
- Would you ever consider putting Zade’s (or the male of “interest” ) thoughts into a chapter? ~Christy B
I would consider it and if fact have already tried working on some scenes to giveaway as extras. There’s so many great things that happen from his perspective. Specific scenes I’m thinking of:
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When Zade kills Thomas, the whole scene and the bit that follows–just thinking about it has me wanting to go try and write it again. Also the scene in the library when Serena is trying to hide–Zade is so befuddled by her behavior, I’d love to put it to words and explore what he goes through more. The whole ball scene as well. There’s not as many new thoughts there, but I think seeing the whole scene play out from Zade’s perspective would be interesting. There’s others I’d like as well, but those are my top choices.
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But alas! He is being quiet stubborn and giving me lots of grief. Nothing is working out very well so far, but I will continue to try because I would love for you know more about Zade. I woke up this morning able to write a few lines from him so it may just need some patience.
What do you think? Are there any scenes you’d like to see from Zade’s point of view?
Thanks for your questions, Christy!
Come back next Friday for more answers, and ask questions of your own.
Also, don’t forget that you can sign up to join the street team for the Mine Series.
Hi Everyone! Back online from my almost two week break and feel fantastic. Sometimes it’s just good to get away. Plus I came back to the lovely surprise of having You Are Mine hit some top #100 lists on Amazon. Still trying to process the goodness. Thank you so much for making this happen! And if you took the time to write a review, answer the questionnaire, or tell me how much you loved You Are Mine in some way —
I can’t even begin to describe the joy it brings to me hear your thoughts. For anyone that asked me a question, I will be posting answers here every Friday. Didn’t get a chance to fill out the questionnaire? No worries, you can still Ask and Answer!
Bookmark winners from the Questionnaire are:
Rachel and Christy B
How were your last two weeks? Do anything fun? Are you looking forward to the weekend?