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Friday, June 14, 2019

Audiobook Lovin 2019 Presents: Susannah Jones Interview

Please welcome narrator Susannah Jones to 
Audiobook Lovin'!!

Hi Susannah! So excited to have you as a guest at this year’s Audiobook Lovin!

I’m so excited to be participating!

For those that may not know you, why don’t we start by having you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became a narrator?

Sure! Shortly after I graduated from NYU Tisch with a theatre degree, I was looking for work and I noticed a couple of my classmates were posting about audiobooks they had done on Facebook, and I thought, “I want to do that!”. So I did a Google search for “Audible Audition Notice” and came across an old listing. Luckily the person I wrote to still worked there, and they brought me in to Newark to audition a few weeks later. I got my first book two months after that!

Are you narrating full time now or not yet? Are there other voice over jobs you’ve done?

I am pretty much full time with weeks off here and there for theatre and other acting gigs. I don’t do much other voiceover work, but I’ve been in many plays, including the national tour of A Christmas Story: The Musical. I’m also writing a musical with my collaborator, Marialena DiFabbio, called Bisland & Bly. It’s about Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s race against each other around the world in 1889. We’ll be having a reading at The New York Musical Festival this summer, so a lot of my time right now is spent gearing up for that!

When you auditioned for an audiobook for the first time, and then got the job, did you ever think you’d narrate as many audiobooks as you have so far?

I suppose I hoped with all my heart that I could make it a part of my career and I feel very lucky that it has actually panned out that way!

Do you record at home or use studios? Both?

Both! My home studio is essentially a closet, so I prefer to work in a booth. I also love working with engineers because they make the work better and it’s so nice to have someone to talk to at lunch time!

What do you love most about being an audiobook narrator?

I love that I get to tell stories all day long. In a certain way, reading someone else’s work aloud is the most direct way there is to tell a story in its entirety. I love acting in plays, but I only get to do one part. When I narrate a book, I get to create the whole world and all the characters. Plus I love reading books more than almost anything else, so it’s wonderful that my life revolves around doing that. It’s really dreamy!

Many of us are a sucker for accents! What is your favorite accent to perform? Which accent is the hardest for you to perform?

I love accents too! I have to say I adore a standard British RP because it feels the most natural to me and it can add such delicious flavor to a character (especially a brooding hero). The accent that’s hardest for me is specifically a Scottish accent for a woman. For some reason it is so much easier for me to do a Scottish accent for a man. Maybe I just have David Tennant and James McAvoy in my head immediately, but I can never think of a good example of a Scottish female so I end up going Irish if I’m not extremely diligent!

What is your favorite sub-genre of Romance to perform?

Contemporary comedic! One of my all-time favorite authors to read is Kristen Ashley because she’s so funny. Narrating her Rock Chick series was some of the most fun I ever had as a narrator.

Is there a genre that you have yet to narrate in that you’d like to (either within Romance or outside of it)?

I really love historical fiction. I grew up reading Jane Austen and the Brontës so I’d love to do some regency/Victorian era romance. And I could my British RP accent to good use!

When you’re not working… what do you do for fun?

Read books I’m not recording! Debate the merits of the various seasons of Game of Thrones with my boyfriend. Take long walks. Drink wine with friends. Go to fancy vegan restaurants. See theatre. Drink coffee. Write!

What are you working on next?

My musical reading is coming up in July at the New York Musical Festival and I’m also working on a few projects under my pseudonym. ;-)

Thank you Susannah for joining us today and being part of the Audiobook Lovin Series!

Thanks for having me! 

Check out the audiobook samples below, learn more about Susannah, where you can find her and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Audiobook Samples

Available for purchase at Audible | Kindle | Amazon Paperback | Kobo | iTunes | Nook 

FYI - book has new title & book cover: Cocky Prince Men of Lake Tahoe, Book 5
Available for purchase at Audible | Kindle | Amazon Paperback | Kobo | iTunes | Nook 

About The Narrator

Susannah Jones is an audiobook narrator, writer and actress. She has recorded over one hundred and fifty books under her own name and her pseudonym. Her work on “Rock Chick” by Kristen Ashley was named one of the top five romance listens on Audible in 2014 and she and her alter ego have two AudioFile Earphones awards. As an actress, she has been seen on stages across the country and in many a YouTube web series. She is also co-writing “Bisland & Bly”, a new musical about Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s history making race around the world in 1889 which will have a developmental reading at the New York Musical Festival this summer. When she’s not acting, writing or recording, she can be found reading a book with a glass of wine, watching corgi videos on Instagram, or searching for vegan cheese that tastes like the real thing! 

You can find Susannah at 

1 comment:

  1. I haven't listened to Susannah before. I really enjoyed the excerpts and look forward to hearing more of her.