I am a ham. I like getting up in front of people and holding forth. My first career goal was to become a big Broadway star. I still watch the Tony Awards acceptance speeches for hints about what to say when I win for best leading performance in a musical.
When I speak in bookstores or libraries or sisterhood luncheons, I sometimes read a few pages from one of my books. The reviews are generally good. “Do you record your own books?”
I know better. It takes a very good actress to give voice to many characters and maintain consistency for 250+ pages.
But when I was invited to record a passage for The Drum, an online “Literary Magazine for your Ears,” I coudn’t resist.
It’s okay. I’m not mortified, but even more certain that it’s better left to the professionals.