Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work on the game content I create for Skyrim. One character is getting a complete re-voiceover, focusing on better acting, more authentic accent, and uniformity of pitch and volume. I tell you, being an audiobook narrator has taught me a few things about consistency, both in performance, and in post-production!
This mod update will be available Friday September 1, 2017, on the Nexus!
Today FanGirlNation runs an interview with me about audiobook narration. Vicki Mejia-Gewe, a member of the Facebook group Mystery Audiobook Lovers, has been running these interviews, and today features me. The FB group reviews mystery audiobooks, and I have shared a few of my audiobooks. Enjoy the read 🙂
I finally decided to do this video I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Since I’m an avid Dragon Age fan, I selected 12 female characters that I can voice match (some better than others) and do a line for each. The goal of this exercise is to act the character in her voice without using the exact line from the game, just something like it to show their soul. Several of them have accents.
For those who don’t know the games, you can easily search the names on Youtube for many other videos and see how close I got. Below are screenshots of the characters, in order of the video.
A few days ago, I did an interview with M.R. Laver, author of A Tale of Mist and Shadow, about the audiobook I recently produced, which is now on sale on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. The interview is now up on the Audiobooks page. Matthew and I chat about the production of the audiobook, writing, voice acting, and several other topics. Check it out! 🙂
I’m so excited that today, my first epic fantasy audiobook hit the market on Audible.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes! “A Tale of Mist and Shadow” by M.R. Laver deals with the age-old theme of justice, the law, and second chances, all in a fantasy setting. Wait… what? Really! It’s a wonderfully-woven story with vibrant characters, engaging dialogue, breaking stereotypes and plot twists that keep you guessing.
Any PC gamers who play Skyrim with my AnnaNPCs mod and are fans of Mareen, you’ll love this! The author also played Skyrim, and when I told him about the mod, he wanted to write one of my characters into a bonus chapter in the book! I offered up Mareen Nightthorn, whom I thought would fit well into his world and his characters, and I was quite pleased with the bonus chapter he wrote. Yet another reason to buy the audiobook, yes?
I had a wonderful time performing this audiobook, stretching my acting ability, learning a few new accents, and enjoyed working with the author. Dragons? Yes! Wizards? Yes! Zombies and vampires? YES, even those too! Grab it from Audible, Amazon.comoriTunes Listen to the sample below, go to your favorite shop site and click BUY!
Author Matthew Laver is donating all his profits from the sale of this audiobook to charity: helping orphan children get adopted. As this audiobook is profit-share, I only get paid when people buy it, so go to your favorite purchasing site and hit Buy 🙂 Buy on Audible Buy on Amazon
Buy on iTunes – I’m sorry I cannot provide the direct link to iTunes b/c I cannot install it on my PC, and you can only browse through the application, not from regular internet. How Dumb is that?
Today I got a Tweet that I’m featured on The Audiobook Reviewer! This is pretty cool. Narrators can fill out their online interview, and answer whichever question they want to (or skip). I did this some months ago, and added several of my titles and social media links. Hopefully this will help in promoting my services, and get some more bookings.
A few days ago, Secrets In Blood went through final approval with author Patricia D. Eddy, and she was thrilled. It was probably my favorite audiobook I’ve done so far, (largely because of all the Italian phrases), but also for the whole different outlook on vampires the book presents. I’ve also agreed to do the next book in the series, Revelations In Blood, which is expected to be completed (meaning, its rewrite), sometime in the summer.
Patricia wrote this wonderful testimony, which is also now on the Testimonies page:
“Anna Castglioni’s performance of Secrets in Blood went above and beyond my expectations. She was able to convey my characters’ emotions so well that I often found myself on the edge of my seat. Through Anna’s voice, I heard my words as if for the first time. She’s easy to work with, has excellent instincts, and added small touches here and there that took the book from wonderful to truly outstanding.” ~Patricia D. Eddy (pdeddy.com)
I also just completed a short audiobook that just went on Audible: 3 Coyote Tales by Gini Graham Scott: 3 folktales as told by Native Americans. It is targeted toward young audiences and teaches lessons through morals.
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With my new recording area set up, Secrets in Blood audiobook is back in recording! I practice the Italian accent by reading Italian, so that when I switch back to English, it sounds as natural as possible. I also speak in it all day. My husband and friends have accepted it as pretty much normal with me, and have stopped even mentioning it. They know I’m practicing an accent. I’m looking to narrate some short stories in Italian, and in Spanish, legends and fables, to add to my repertoire.
Recently I filled out the survey for ACX University this year. I must have joined ACX just shortly after the one for 2015, as I had missed it. I can’t wait for this next one, where hopefully I can pick up some more tips about audio engineering, to make my processing better and constantly improve.
I’ve also been writing a lot for my other books, particularly the one on home landscape design. In Plan to PLANted, I give professional tips and tricks for planning and designing your landscape. While the plants I talk about are local to southern California, the planning guidelines can be applied anywhere.
When I lived in Italy in a Fall of 2004 study abroad, I kept a daily journal in Italian, and later translated it to Enlish and elaborated in parts, originally intending to publish it as a young girl’s account in Italy. However I did not publish it then for a few reasons, or eve now many years later. From time to time I return to it and add things, remove others. The plan is to finally publish it this year and make it an audiobook as well: La Viaggiatora (The Traveller).