After all my squealing with joy on Twitter about how madly in love I am with this audiobook, I am SO EXCITED to announce that Ghost City is now officially available as an unabridged audiobook on Audible and Amazon! (Coming soon to iTunes!)
I love all of my books, but Ghost City holds a special place in my heart as a work that was produced during a time of profound healing and letting go, themes that, not coincidentally, ended up imbedded in the text. It was so important to me that the voice for this project be perfect–that Kiddo and Noah’s story be told by someone who loves them (*almost*) as much as I do. I honestly could not have asked for a more talented, professional, and captivating narrator than the actress I connected with through ACX, just a few months ago.
So! To celebrate the release of Ghost City, I’ve done a little Q+A with our brilliant narrator, Maria Marquis!
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Tell us a little bit about your acting career. How did you start acting? What are your favorite or most memorable roles?
I was the kid that couldn’t stop playing pretend so my mom signed me up for theatre camp, and that was the beginning for me. I acted throughout school, and have been acting professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2008. I specialize in Shakespeare, but do a lot of new work as well. One of my most memorable roles was Rosalind in As You Like It at Impact Theatre – she’s a great character and I loved the challenge of passing as a man!
What drew you to audiobook narration, and what was your first project?
I’ve been listening to audiobooks since I was a little kid, and I drive a lot for work so audiobooks have been a great way to make me feel like I’m not wasting that time in the car (in addition to keeping me company!). The more I listened, the more I wanted to do it too. My first audiobook was Cat Magic by Whitley Strieber – a retro story of witches in upstate New York.
Do you listen to audiobooks yourself? Do you have any favorite narrators?
I love audiobooks, and listen to them all the time. Jim Dale who narrated the Harry Potter series is an absolute master, but I loved Melanie McHugh’s performance of Sarah Lotz’s The Three as well.
Can you tell us a little bit about your recording studio/area?
My studio is actually inside my closet! I lined it with foam (and big coats), and have a comfy chair inside. I’m pretty proud of my shoe string budget solution!
Tell us about your experience recording GHOST CITY. Who was your favorite character to voice?
I loved narrating Ghost City because I really identified with Kiddo. She’s strong, but also incredibly vulnerable, and finding that voice and living inside her head was both a challenge and a blast. As for scenes, my favorites were the ones where we get glimpses of the character’s memories – that inner landscape and the mystery there was so much fun to play with! The most challenging part was finding the Saver’s voice – he is a very complex person, but finding the right tone was worth it!
Are there any funny moments you remember from the recording process?
I have two cats, and one day they wanted to be in the book. They were meowing outside the studio so I actually have some clips with their additions. One of them even made it inside the studio when I went to grab some water, and I didn’t notice until she let out a meow during an important moment.
If you could narrate the audiobook for ANY book, what would it be?
That’s a tough one, but I think it would be the His Dark Materials trilogy. Those books meant a lot to me growing up, and they are books I can re-read over and over again – no question! [MCF: I literally SQUEED when I read this. My favorite books of all time!!!]
Do you have any upcoming projects, audiobooks or otherwise?
This is a busy year! I am currently working on a time travel trilogy (The Daughter of Time by Erec Stebbins) and a Game of Thrones-esque novel called The Taking by Traci Robinson. I’ll also be in a three person play, The Voice of the Prairie, this summer. I’m not sure when I’ll sleep, but it should be a lot of fun.
Thank you so much for the Q+A Maria, and good luck with all of your upcoming projects!
Listen to the first chapter of Ghost City HERE
Maria Marquis is both a voice and theatre actor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an actor, Marquis’s goal is to foster intercommunication, mutual understanding, and respect by telling people’s stories; letting them be recognized, heard, understood, and appreciated. She specializes in character work and classical language, and when not on stage or in the studio, she can be found trying new recipes, rock-climbing, or playing boardgames with her husband and two cats. You can learn more about Maria at mariagmarquis.com
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