Eaton: Do you have any memorable moments in the studio?
Fabry: Oh yes, there are times when I'll narrate a character and make a fluff, and then it's off on my own storyline for a minute or two. You have to have trust in your editor to do that, but it keeps things loose and gets the endorphins going.
Eaton: How long does a narration take you to complete in the studio?
Fabry: Depends on the book, of course. Something 40-50 thousand words could take a couple of days. I try to record in concentrated time segments to keep the flow, just like the writing process.
Eaton: Do you find it hard to get back the same tone day after day when a recording takes a few days?
Fabry: Fiction is harder for this than nonfiction, but if you stop at the right place and the writing is good, it's not difficult to jump back in.
Eaton: How far in advance do you receive the text and what do you do with it? (Do you read it, mark it, leave it until the day off, etc)?
Fabry: I try to become familiar with the style of the writing before I start, but not all the content. I look for hard-read-words and look those up, but at some point you have to dive in and just do it.
Eaton: What do you think of audiobooks as a medium?
Fabry: I love audiobooks and think it's an untapped resource. My children also enjoy them as well and I try to encourage them to read as much as they can, whether they're looking at the words or listening. A good narrator can really take you into the world of a story in a different way than reading it yourself.
Eaton: When reading for leisure, do you find yourself using your "narrating" voice? How has narrating audiobooks affected how you read them in your leisure time?
Fabry: Not when I'm reading, but when I'm writing I'll hear Frank Muller's voice--really. I'll write a sentence, hear his voice reading it, then edit it quickly.