Jeannie: How did you get into narrating?
Marnye: I am an actor who was trying to figure out a way to spend more time with my twin toddlers and a friend of mine who has done very well for herself in the audiobook business told me I would be perfect for it and that was it. I produced my first few books on my own and then I got so much work that I teamed up with a few producers and continue to work with them.
Jeannie: Where do you work?
Marnye: I work in the studio I built at the back of my house.
Jeannie: How many hours do you put in for a 10 hour produced work?
Marnye: It depends. I read the text and take notes on character accents, plot points, ideas for vocal silhouettes, etc, so perhaps about 13 hours to do that and then if I am producing it I need about two hours for every hour I narrate to edit proof and master. If I hire a producer than it takes me about 11 or so hours to narrate a ten-hour book and then my producers work their magic 🙂
Jeannie: What are your favorite kinds of books to narrate?
Marnye: I love, love mysteries! I also love historical fiction–that was my second major in College and the curiosity and fascination with history has stayed with me, and of course fantasy. (I get to play in an extremely different world than the one we are in today.)
Jeannie: What are the most challenging sections to narrate?
Marnye: Highly emotional scenes: sometimes you need a bunch of takes to get to the best one.
Jeannie: How do you take special care of your voice?
Marnye: I don’t. I’m too busy narrating. Lol! No seriously hydration, hydration, hydration, and a lot of throat coats tea.
Jeannie: What is the most interesting thing about narrating?
Marnye: I think what people may not realize is that narration really is acting. I get to step into many people’s shoes from all walks of life and live their lives, their failures and their triumphs, shed tears and laugh out loud. I breathe with the characters–as the characters. It is thrilling.
I so enjoyed working with Marnye. You can learn more about Marnye’s work here.