Tuesday, 25 August 2020

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY - INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH GRACE, THE NARRATOR OF ELIZABETH OBSTINATE, HEADSTRONG GIRL AUDIOBOOK

 


Hello everyone and welcome to the fourth stop of Elizabeth Obstinate Headstrong Girl Audiobook Blog Tour. I'm glad to share with you an interview with Elizabeth Grace, the actress narrating the ten stories inspired to Elizabeth Bennet, the protagonist of Pride and Prejudice. You'll also find a sample of the audiobook and a giveaway. Time to start scrolling down now. Enjoy and good luck! 

Interview with Elizabeth Grace
 

What made you interested in narrating Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl for Audible? Have you read/seen/heard of any Jane Austen novels prior to this project?

When I asked to work on Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl I was in the middle of producing Green Card for Elizabeth Adams. She mentioned to Christina Boyd that she thought I would be a good fit to narrate her new book and Christina got in touch. As soon as I read the audition script I loved it. I had never narrated regency before and really enjoyed being able to use all my annunciation that comes with that and I also loved that each story had its own personality and tone despite the authors managing to hold true to Austen’s characters. While I am really just entering the realm of JAFF, I was familiar with Jane Austen’s original novels and obviously the movie/TV adaptations having had BBC at my fingertips my whole life.

Do you have a favorite Jane Austen novel? What do you like about Jane Austen?

I wish I could give you a niche, lesser known novel for this answer as I realise that saying Pride and Prejudice may sound so basic! But I have to be honest, I really love reading it. I am also certain however that working on OHG has given me a new affinity with Elizabeth Bennet. Jane Austen is so relatable and I believe that to be truly unique from others authors at the time. No other historical author I have read has quite the same wit and tone that somehow transcends decades – that is what I think is so remarkable about her.

While we absolutely adore all these anthologies by The Quill Ink Collective,  Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl holds a very special place in our hearts because of its focus on Austen’s best known and likely most popular female character. Can you share your thoughts about the theme and is there a message in this collection?

I cannot sum it up better than Tessa Dare in that glorious foreword – if you are a foreword skipper as I tend to be, I urge you to reconsider on this occasion. To echo Tessa, Elizabeth is such a notable character when we think of Jane Austen. She is smart, funny and caring but also self conscious, judgmental and, at times, pretty scathing. All the things we look for in a best friend! Tessa says, “Elizabeth is just like me, but awesome” and I think we all think that. This anthology for me, is a celebration of all women who relate to Elizabeth Bennet and a reminder that none of us ought to settle for second best, that we deserved to be loved and that we should always speak our minds because it makes us who we are.  

Elizabeth Grace

What is something you learned while recording Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl? Was there anything that surprised you?

I was surprised at just how much I do relate to Elizabeth. While I always liked her, at many points in these stories I really felt like she WAS me which is why I think you all will love it so much. I think the variety of stories and locations we find Elizabeth in during the course of book also made me remember that women like her, (like you and I) are not a new breed and how difficult life would have been at times for us without the progress we have made in our societies – though also how much more there is to do.

Name something that you would love about living in Jane Austen's time. Name something that you would find challenging about living in Jane Austen's time.

Like Miss Bennet, I would find it so difficult to hold my tongue. I am a very opinionated, out spoken kind of woman and I am sure that would land me in trouble from time to time.

I would however love the grandeur and civility of the society scene. Being ‘courted’ if you will and dancing in groups of pairs at parties. I also think the landscapes would be altered for the better if I could look out over my home town (which is in Derbyshire though I now live in London) and see rolling hills with people riding on horseback in their top hats and long skirts or in carriages to stately homes and farms instead of new housing estates and office blocks.

What was the greatest challenge about recording Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl?

The transatlantic accent for Love in the Limelight was the trickiest bit. It’s a new one for me so learning that and getting to grips with it in my mouth was a real toughy but I think I got there in the end.

What did you enjoy most about recording Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl?

I enjoyed that the book is an anthology of short stories. As a narrator, it’s really fun being able to start and finish a story in less than a couple of hours and be switching into something new the next day. It made the whole process feel really fast paced and exciting. In the same breath, getting to know the wonderful authors associated with the book has been fantastic. They are such talented women and the community they have built is so supportive and welcoming.

Out of all the Elizabeth stories featured in this anthology was there one that you felt a connection or partiality towards?

I loved them all and they each have their own merits. The one I remember enjoying narrating and editing most was Atmospheric Disturbances by Christina Morland which I have since done a video reading of across two blogs – Austenesque Reviews and From Pemberley to Milton. The whole story is really a quarrel between Darcy and Elizabeth and while there are moments of heightened anger there are also these wonderful interludes of levity and tenderness. 

About the narrator


Originally from the East Midlands in the UK, Elizabeth Grace now lives in South London (via two years in Amsterdam). She is a full-time actor, voice over artist, and narrator. 

 

Elizabeth began her professional performing career a little later in life and has been studying at Identity School of Acting in London since 2019. Prior to that, she had a career agency side in Marketing which explains her penchant for client services.

 

Since 2019, she has been growing her professional portfolio on top of the amateur theatre work she began in her formative years. She has now been a part of many projects from short films and web series to audio dramas and audiobook narration. Visit her website: https://www.elizabethgraceofficial.com/



About the book 


With timeless verve, the heroine of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet, bares her intimate thoughts while offering biting social commentary through a collection of romantic re-imaginings, sequels, and prequels, set in the Regency to present day by ten popular Austenesque authors. Foreword by NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Tessa Dare. “I think her as delightful a character as ever appeared in print…” wrote Jane Austen in a letter, January 1813―and we think so too!

Stories by Amy D’Orazio, Jenetta James, Christina Morland, Beau North, Joana Starnes, Karen M Cox, Elizabeth Adams, Leigh Dreyer, J. Marie Croft, and Christina Boyd.



Giveaway

The #OmgItsOHG (Oh-my-gosh, it’s Obstinate Headstrong Girl) Audiobook Tour began August 18 with voice actress reading and we hope you will continue to join us and connect at each stop for continued readings, narrator interviews, excerpts, and giveaways. We’ve included a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway, open worldwide, so be sure to participate. Simply comment on the blog stops to be counted for the giveaway (you need not comment everywhere to be entered in that drawing, but we hope you’ll have your share of the conversation.) It ends September 8.

                  

     ⭐️ Audible  ⭐️Amazon paperback,e-book, audiobook ⭐️ 

⭐️The QuillInk ⭐️  Goodreads ⭐️

For more info about the book, read also our previous post 


LISTEN TO A SAMPLE OF "A MATE FOR LIFE" by Christina Boyd. In 1855, an aged Elizabeth counsels her granddaughter about an impending betrothal, recounts key moments of her life, and how her life has been blessed by marrying the love of her life. (Victorian)




The audiobook will be released on August 31 on Audible


39 comments:

Chiara said...

I really appreciate the sample you prepared for us and I will, definitely, listen to the complete audiobook. Thanks for sharing it with us.

schilds said...

Lovely interview. I agree that we all find something of ourselves in Elizabeth Bennet. She is the inner voice that boosts your mood or condemns you harshly but with wit for overly judgemental thoughts.

Christina Boyd said...

I’m so excited! Thank you for shining your light on my own story in “Elizabeth: Obstinate Headstrong Girl” anthology with audiobook excerpt and your fabulous interview with voice actress Elizabeth Grace.

Eva said...

Thank you for the interesting interview. Green Card is a favorite book and got the audiobook the day it was published. So looking forward to this anthology as an audiobook. Thank you for the giveaway.

Christina Morland said...

I loved reading this interview, and I especially loved hearing this excerpt of Christina Boyd's story. Elizabeth Grace gives Boyd's older Elizabeth Bennet such a beautiful, distinctive voice. Very much looking forward to hearing the complete version of all the stories!

darcybennett said...

Enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the giveaway!

Christina Boyd said...

Thank, Chiara! I hope you enjoy it—this project has been so awesome to be a part of.

Christina Boyd said...

Totally agree!

Christina Boyd said...

Elizabeth Grace is a talented voice actress! Loved her performance in “Green Card”, and all her voices for the various settings and characters in “Elizabeth: Obstinate Headstrong Girl” are outstanding.

Christina Boyd said...

I agree with everything you said! In having heard the whole collection, I am so excited for listeners to enjoy her storytelling when it releases August 31.

Christina Boyd said...

DarcyBennett, thank you for joining us on this stop of the tour!

Mary Preston said...

I love the title. Sounds, literally, like a great way for me to get into audio.

Christina Boyd said...

I hope you do! I think audiobooks are perfect for tasks like folding laundry, running errands, weeding...makes the time more enjoyable. Especially if it’s a book I previously read and enjoyed—but also a book I may have struggled reading, sometimes the right storyteller really makes the book!

dstoutholcomb said...

Wonderful Q&A.

So many of us relate to Elizabeth and love Pride and Prejudice best, too.

denise

Jen D said...

That was most wonderful. I especially how there was little between the dialogue, which made it feel like a radio drama. Thank you for posting this.

Charlotte said...

I love Elizabeth, but must admit that I’m not much like her. Find it often difficult to speak my mind or defent myself. But Lizzie inspires me to work on that and try harder. So this book sounds amazing to me!

Deborah Ann said...

I enjoyed the interview and the sample. Thank you so much for sharing. I have read and listened to all the other books in this series.

Danielle said...

Loved loved loved the book!!!

Cyndy Henry said...

Thanks for sharing! Excellent sample.

Michelle H said...

I'm so excited this will be available in audio, in just a few more days! Eeee! Loved the collection so very much. Elizabeth Grace's voice is just phenomenal. I'm listening to Green Card today for the first time and I'm just hooked...on the story yes. but that voice! I so loved all these stories. Best of luck to Christina on the release of this audio collection, I'm waiting with bated breath for her next project (although I know she's been wildly busy this summer!! :D ) I am hoping this won't be the last time we hear Elizabeth's voice in JAFF.

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Buturot said...

Interesting interview. I think it is awesome to be able to put one's voice in different characters (esp if you have to change your accent).

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kaisquared said...

Enjoyed the audio excerpt and the interview. Tessa's forward rocks!

KateB said...

Great interview and the story is so beautiful, very sweet and touching. Wonderful narration.

Christina Boyd said...

Thank you! That is lovely to know.

Elizabeth Grace said...

Thank you, Schilds. I’m glad you agree :)

Elizabeth Grace said...

Green Card is fabulous! It was such a joy to do the narration as I could really flex my accent work from my posh British man voice all the way to a Southern American accent for Liz’s mum - it was a lot of fun. Let us know how you get on with the OHG audiobook too!

Elizabeth Grace said...

Christina Boyd’s story is so moving. I had to take a few breaks during the narration to compose myself! Glad you liked it Christina, I’m so excited for everyone to download the full audiobook.

Elizabeth Grace said...

Hi Mary! I echo Christina, they can be a great new way to absorb literature when your hands are busy with other things. Audible gives you credits each month too so they don’t end up breaking the bank.

Elizabeth Grace said...

That’s what I love about this too. Radio dramas are faves of mine and I love a lot of dialogue to get stuck into as an actress.

Elizabeth Grace said...

Yes! Let her inspire you! I don’t think we should all be like her - a world full of Elizabeth Bennett’s could be tricky to navigate. Ask my husband haha.

Elizabeth Grace said...

Thanks you Deborah, I hope you enjoy OHG the audiobook just as much.

Elizabeth Grace said...

Michelle! Your comment is so lovely to read, thank you. I’m so happy you’re loving Green Card m, that was such a fun book to narrate, E Adams and I had a blast. I can tell you for sure I have a few more JAFF projects lined up, Karen M Cox’s 1932: Pride and Prejudice Revisited has just been announced for release next month!

Elizabeth Grace said...

It can be tricky but I love it. It must sound like an exorcism in my studio though haha. Glad you found the interview interesting and I hope you enjoy the audiobook if you get around to hearing it :)

Elizabeth Grace said...

Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by.

Elizabeth Grace said...

Cannot agree with you more! It just highlights everything I knew but couldn’t put into words. What a fabulous writer she is.