More than twenty producers/narrators auditioned for Blue Hydrangeas. I chose Elinor Bell because of her professional approach to the audition and because I liked her voice and the way she read the sample script. I was looking for a mature reader, without any regional accent, and someone who appreciated the story of Jack and Sara. Elinor met all of my criteria and more. We had a lovely discussion on the phone to finalize details of our contract and I learned she has first-hand knowledge of dementia as her mother suffered with it. She also loved the book, which is very important to me as the author. Elinor has extensive experience on stage, in film, and in commercials, voiceover, and audiobook narration. She also swims and sings (mezzo soprano), which are talents I greatly admire.
Production has started and I am waiting for Elinor to deliver the first fifteen minutes of the book, which should be a good indicator of what I can expect for the remainder. We will work closely together throughout the process, communicating chapter to chapter, with her recording and me reviewing and revising as we move along. Our goal is to finish within sixty days.