Interview with narrator Ava Erickson

With Yael Waknin

Questions for author Ava Erickson

1 – How did you come to narrate romantic novels?

I had been working as a narrator on young adult novels and a well known romance author heard my voice and offered me a book of hers. That audiobook ended up being really successful and it pretty much launched my romance audio career!

2 – Have you narrated books from different genres?

Romance has a ton of subgenres and I’ve worked in many of them. I particularly love doing romantic comedy and chick-lit.

3 – What was the most fun \ easy book you narrated?

I love The Yes Factor by Emma Sable and Erin Spencer! I co-narrated it with Andi Arndt who is a good friend and also insanely talented. It’s a comedic book about best friends and trying to find love.

4 – What was the most difficult book \ character you narrated and why?

I struggle with “bully” books and dark romance. I really have to take a close look at the manuscripts in those genres before I accept those jobs. Sometimes I just not in the head or heart space for that kind of content.

5 – What are the preparations you make before each project? Do you read the whole book in advance? Do you rehearse out loud before the recording itself? or maybe something else?

I don’t always read the book in advance. Especially if in a series where I’ve done other books and I already know the characters. But I generally review the manuscript and skim. I’m also very good at asking authors the right questions to get as much information from them as I can before I even start.

6 – Is there a genre \ book \ character that you won’t agree to narrate? If so – why?

It’s really all about my mood and about context. As I mentioned in a previous question, I don’t love working on bully or dark romance. But, I have done them after reviewing. A great example is Pam Godwin’s DARK NOTES. On paper, that checks many of the boxes of things I won’t do, but it’s so well and beautifully written that I felt good about doing it.

Ultimately, it comes down to the writing, how the triggering content is delivered and how I’m feeling at the time.

7 – How long does it take you to record an entire book?

I record about 2-3 hours 4 days a week. So, depending on the length of the book, about 1 week per book.

8 – Are you working on more than one book at a time?

I don’t like to do that. I like to keep my emotional energy invested in one story and those characters. It gets too confusing to jump around!

9 – What is the genre you like to read in your free time?

I really like memoirs and literary fiction.

10 – Is there a writer you particularly like? To read or to work with

I love author’s, they are my favorite people, so I can’t think of just one!


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About the narrator

After sailing around the world and watching nearly a thousand sunsets from the bow of her boat, like a true Viking, once she settled down she started telling stories. 

Those stories can be anything from the sweetest romances to ones with a more erotic twist.  When she found out she was nominated for an Audie in the Erotica category, she called all her girlfriends together and went to Provence, France, where they drank rose´ and ate lots of bread and butter.

She now lives in Los Angeles, California and has been narrating audiobooks for nearly 10 years.

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