I'm so excited to interview Sally Sharpe, of Sounds Sharpe.
Sally Sharpe is the amazing narrator of my Lolo and Winkle Go Viral audiobook. I had several narrators to choose from, but none held a candle to Sally Sharpe. If you haven't heard the audio version of Lolo and Winkle Go Viral, you're missing out. Her narration takes the story to another level. I call her a master storyteller. :)
How did I get started recording audiobooks?
I used to be a teacher. When I left teaching I wanted to embrace one of my favorite parts of connecting with kids which was by reading aloud. I investigated the audiobook industry, and learned how to make it happen. I’ve been recording now for about a year and love it.
What was your favorite part of narrating Lolo and Winkle Go Viral?
Just as L.B. Anne writes from her own experiences, I was drawn to a familiar experience in the story. I loved reading about Winkle being on fire because, hard to believe, but it happened to my brother too! He was messing around and the “Stop, Drop and Roll” saved him…with no lasting injury.
Is it hard to switch up your voice for characters?
I have a number of voices I can do and I have to remember which one to use. The narrator’s voice is my own, as recommended in the industry. Lolo is based generally on the middle school girls I used to teach. Winkle is based on my brother, when he was young.
How long does it actually take to record a book?
You read the book 4 times. Once before you start, to prepare for the overall tone and any voices you will need. Next you read it into the microphone, and then you listen to it back to the words to make sure you recorded it exactly the way the author wrote it. Lastly, you listen carefully and edit out any unwanted noises. This means a two-hour book will take a minimum of 8-10 hours to turn into an audiobook.
What genres do I narrate?
I have recorded kid’s books, non-fiction and romance books so far. I am open to new projects.
What is my favorite genre to narrate?
My passion is kid’s books and I loved that Lolo and Winkle reached out to middle school kids with positive, relatable kids. The humor made it fun too :)
Thank you for your interest. If you’d like to know more, follow me on Instagram @soundssharpe .
Thank you, Sally Sharpe, for allowing us to get to know you, and for giving us a behind the scenes glimpse of the audiobook process.