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The Not So Dead (The Dead Series, Book 1) by Isaiyan Morrison, narrated by Samantha Turret, released in March in the Young Adult, Paranormal genre.
All Faye wants is another chance at being normal: hanging out with friends, playing video games, or reading the latest manga. As a wraith, her craving for a normal existence seems forever out of reach.
When she makes the move to the small town of Hueman, Texas, with her not-so dead nomadic family, she prays this fresh start will be the one that sticks.Until, one of her kind is murdered by a mysterious man in a black mask.
With only Carter, an unlucky human witness, by her side, Faye must find a way to prevent the body count from rising and protect her family’s secret identity.
As the man in the black mask lurks in the shadows waiting to strike again, her choice becomes a matter of life and death.
In the face of true evil, being normal is overrated.
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About the Author: Isaiyan Morrison
Isaiyan Morrison was born and raised in Minneapolis, but her heart is in the impressive magical worlds she dreams up. She hopes to share her love for world-building with her readers and help guide them through the extraordinary settings she creates.
Her other passions include reading, and researching historical events. She also enjoys gardening, gaming, and spending quality time with her three cherished cats and beloved pitbull.
About the Narrator: Samantha Turret
Samantha Turret is an LA-based voice artist, actress and comedian who absolutely loves working on Isaiyan Morrison’s books. Other favorite narration credits include: Bestseller Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World as Mary, Queen of Scots (Audible) and Pearl the Magical Unicorn (Macmillan). She’s voiced many other audiobooks and also lends her voice to animation and commercials. Samantha is also an onscreen actress best known for her role as Ms. Jingles on Nickelodeon’s TOP ELF. Check out her website for more!
Hi Samantha, and thank you for being here!
When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?
Funny enough, I wanted to be an audiobook narrator since I was very young, before I knew it was a profession! I’ve always loved reading aloud to others—especially children. I love reading in general, but there’s something so magical about creating a world out loud and sharing a story with my voice.
How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
I 100% stumbled upon it. I started out as solely an actress and voice actor. I had already done some professional voiceover work when a friend of mine said, “Did you know you could audition to be an audiobook narrator?” It honestly hadn’t even dawned on me.Tweet
Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
Yes and no. I pretty quickly started narrating books for royalty share when I first started off, however it was difficult to assemble the equipment and tools necessary to produce a really good quality audiobook from home. The most helpful tool when I just started was definitely ACX.com. That’s how I met the amazing Isaiyan Morrison and a bunch of other brilliant authors! It’s a great mechanism to bring narrators, authors and rights holders together.
What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
My favorite part of narrating is character work and learning new things. I love creating characters with different sensibilities, pacing, and vocal qualities. I also love immersing myself in the world of the book and learning things I didn’t know about. My least favorite part is having to steer clear of certain foods/beverages that aren’t great for your voice (ex: coffee, sugar).
What would you say are your strongest narration abilities?
My strongest narration abilities are YA, children’s books, multi-character books, dialects, accents, character voices and comedy.
Who are your “accent inspirations”?
Ooooh I like this question! Jim Dale, Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig, and Kristen Schall.
What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?
Read out loud as much as you can. Go on ACX and audition. Have the best time! YOU CAN DO IT! I believe in you.
What’s next for you?
I just recorded a radio spot which should start playing soon and I have a show I’m likely going to be a part of this summer. Other than that,I’m auditioning, taking classes and of course reading and listening to great books!
Any funny anecdotes from inside the recording studio?
One time I was recording and my boyfriend bust through the door and started sing/ screaming The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze. I still have that recording somewhere, it always makes me laugh.