courtesy of Library of Erana
Audiobook Narrator Interview Number Six – Lynelle Bennett
Lynelle Daliah Bennett
*Tell us a bit about yourself:
I consider myself a very creative person. My family kind of pursued the military route and I ended being more of the artist out of all of us. I draw a lot, write stories, poems, play video games and dance for fun but my passion became singing. I grew up training myself as a singer and hoped to one day become a star like most little girls. I was self taught for a long time and went to college for Audio & Media Technology where I wanted to learn how to record and mix my own music and eventually sell it. I then kind of went on a hiatus from singing in the studio and started to sing in community choirs.
How did you become involved with audio book narration and production?
Well, eventually I kind of hit a snag in my career and really thought about what I really wanted to do. I knew that I really wanted to use my voice in some way but I didn’t find the music industry as appealing anymore. I then met a very awesome woman named Diana L. Wicker who shared her stories with me. I then noticed there was a side to my voice that I had always ignored but when I thought about voice acting, I realized how much I really enjoy reading and how I tend to create different voices for the characters. I write a lot too and I usually voice my own characters in my head so I thought that perhaps this route would be promising. I reached out to Diana who was interested in making her stories into audio books but found that she wasn’t really able to do them herself so when I introduced the idea of me starting to pursue the voice over path, she was excited because now she had a way of getting her audio books.
Do you have a preferred genre? Do you have a genre you do not produce? Why is this?
I really enjoyed doing “The Dreamweaver’s Journey” because of all the different types of characters that I had to create. It was fun figuring out what a Unicorn or Owl or Dragon would sound like. It was especially intriguing trying to voice a goddess-like character like Lady Kali. Fantasy was really fun in that regard. However, I am open to anything really. I would love to do a murder mystery or romance as well. I really love the tones in those types of stories and feel that it would challenge me in a good way.
What are you working on at present/Just finished?
I just finished “The Dreamweaver’s Journey” and I am probably going to start recording the next book in Diana’s series called “The Guardian Child’s Return.” I’ve already read it and figured out the voices of the characters in that book so I’m hoping to record that soon.
What aspects do you find most enjoyable?
Inventing voices for all of the characters was both challenging and fun. I really had to test my range and even play with changing the tone of my voice that I never really thought of before. Characters like Lord Hyatt for example. The male characters in particular were most challenging but I actually grew most fond of them over the female characters such as Lord Grypos and Nolan.
*With many people owning MP3 players do you think this is the future of storytelling?
Absolutely! There are many individuals who prefer to listen to a book while driving or even walking perhaps a pet or just getting some exercise or whatever. I personally know that even visually impaired people most likely utilize audio books. Why not?
Why do you think audio books are becoming so popular?
As I previously stated, people can listen to books the way that they listen to music and the fact that they can pretty much take it anywhere makes it very convenient. I think that may be the main reason why they are growing in popularity.
Have you ever had a negative experience producing a book?
So far, my production process can still use some work. I thought that I would finish Book 1 in one month but here we are, three to four months later and it’s finally been released. I hope that it gets faster for the next time around.
Please tell us a silly fact about yourself.
I think that I am a major geek. I get so nerdy into games that a lot of people just can’t help but smack their heads. I got so into a video game that I made a music tribute video based on my main characters and even drew, and painted a portrait of my main characters in the game as well. It was an RPG so I was able to make up what the main hero looked like. I don’t know if this is considered silly or obsessive.
Where can we learn more about you?
So far the best place is Facebook. I hope to get a website soon! Also, the Dreamweaver’s Official Site is a good place to get more info on the books by Diana.