Earlier this week I enjoyed a highlight of my career, attending the 2020 Audies as a Finalist for my contribution (writing & narration) to the anthology Never the Less We Persisted: Me Too (Blunder Woman Productions). This title has taken on a life of its own, winning a Voice Arts Awards in November as well as an Earphones Award just a few weeks ago. It’s been wonderful to be a part of something so potent and meaningful, that keeps growing.
So many people had a hand in creating this piece; it was so great to see many of them in person at the awards show! The special surprise of the night? When our title was announced, the names of each and every writer and narrator involved with the project (there were a lot of us!) was read aloud. Thunderous applause filled the room and just kept rolling. The love and support coming from our colleagues was palpable; it felt like a kind of spontaneous healing ensued. Though we didn’t take home the Audie, there was unified acknowledgement and celebration, a testament to our loving audiobook community.
Another highlight of the night was Joe Hill presenting his father, Stephen King, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Joe spoke about his family’s great love and affection for audiobooks and oral storytelling and how it’s always been a part of their lives. As a huge fan of both Joe and Stephen’s books, this was a special treat for me. By the way, have you heard Kate Mulgrew on Joe Hill’s NOS4A2? A riveting listen!
I’ll close out with a few pictures.
Here I am with Tanya Eby, fellow narrator and Founder/Editor of Blunder Woman Productions.
And with my bestie narrator girls, being silly on the red carpet.