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Narrator Interview: Holly Adams

Hi Holly, tell us a little about yourself.

I am a voracious, hungry reader, and I am curious about everything, all of the time! My beloved children say that my inner self is five years old, and it's true. I have to run around the house sometimes, I think worms are cool, and I love adventure, sharing stories, and being outside doing whatever. Professionally, I am a full-time performer (including my work as an audiobook narrator!) and teaching artist. Oh, and I think tea and super dark chocolate are daily food requirements.

What were you like at school?
Extremely shy, nerdy, and goofy! Being involved in theatre provided me with a safe place to be and a way to talk to people. It literally saved my life.

Were you good at English?
Yes. I have always loved books -- as a child I would take a book and a sandwich and wander off into the woods and gullys for hours at a time, perfectly content. In school, sometimes we were assigned books or short stories no one wanted to read because they were somewhat inaccessible to young rural Americans, like Bartleby the Scrivener (which I loved). One day, my friends and classmates asked me to read them aloud, since they knew I was an actor.... I tried to bring the stories to life, share what made the characters meaningful for me, and it became a way my awkward shy self could connect with my peers, and they much preferred listening to the story being performed than reading it. Everyone, including me, was able to ask deeper questions and have more interesting discussions as a result. It became a thing. I actually had forgotten that until I had to answer this question!

Author Interview: Jeff Deischer

Jeff DeischerHi Jeff, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
We moved around a lot when I was growing up. This probably helped turn me into an introvert. I grew up watching adventure TV – Zorro, Batman, Star Trek – and at about age 10, began reading Marvel Comics and Norse myths and Doc Savage, all of which have shaped me as a writer. I write mostly adventure fiction of all kinds, mostly pulp, whether in the 1940s, space, whatever, a little of everything. Superheroes is my other big love. I also have written some non-fiction, dealing with the chronologies of famous stories such as Dracula, Tarzan, James Bond, and Doc Savage.
What were you like at school?
I liked school, but not the classes so much. I was more interested in learning about what I was interested in, so I’d go to the library and check out as many books on a topic as I could find, consume them all over a few days. I was very interested in “occult” literature, UFOs, conspiracies, etc. Witchcraft, not so much.
Were you good at English?
Oh, yeah.