Interview // Moira Todd, Narrator for Extraordinary Lies
How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
I used to narrate audiobooks as a side hustle to fill my schedule when I wasn’t acting on stage. Now that nearly all live events are canceled for the foreseeable future, I feel very lucky that I have the ability to transition to audiobook narration full time.
A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
An important part of narration, particularly fiction narration, is pacing. A background in theatre certainly helps with that, but it’s not the only thing that can.
What type of training have you undergone?
I have a Bachelor of Fine arts in Theatre.
Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
Yes, I love audiobooks. Maybe because after reading in the studio all day, it’s nice to sit back and listen.
What would you say are your strongest narration abilities?
I think my strength is first person narration.
Who are your “accent inspirations”?
I did a lot of new accents for this book. I mostly used a lot of youtube videos for inspiration. The accent tag has been a super useful internet trend for me.
How did you decide how each character should sound in this title?
Jennifer wrote great descriptions of how the characters sound into the book. We also talked a bit about how the main characters sound before I began recording.
What types of things are harmful to your voice?
A respiratory virus!
If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
I’d like to travel to the future, find out how we solve our climate crisis, and come back to get the ball rolling.
If you could narrate one book from your youth what would it be and why?
The Phantom Tollbooth. I record books for my mom, just sending her chapters whenever I get a chance, and that was one of her favorite books to read to me. I’d like to record it for her.
A teenager still lives inside author Jennifer Alsever. She spent two decades as a professional journalist, contributing to such publications as Fortune Magazine, the New York Times, Inc Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, before letting her imagination run wild in 2016. The result is Ember’s story told in the three-book Trinity Forest Series, her first published fiction work.
When not absorbed in writing, Alsever enjoys a good hike, doing some yoga, hanging with her boys, some moguls on skis, a rigorous mountain bike ride, or indulging in the simple pleasures of life. Her favorites: untouched snow, frozen chocolate chips, savasina on a yoga mat, and yes, bowls of pan-fried brussels sprouts. She is currently working on her fifth novel titled Déjà vu.
Moira Todd is a Washington, DC-based actor. She originally hales from Mt. Hood, Oregon where the trees are always green, the mountain is always pointy, and the weather is usually rainy. It was there that she learned the secret arts of alpine skiing and whistling at the same time as you hum. While neither has proved useful in her theatre career, she remains hopeful. These days she spends most of her free time swimming, baking bread, and watching whale documentaries.
View the tour schedule for Extraordinary Lies by Jennifer Alsever via Audiobookworm Promotions here.