I know all of you have been breathlessly waiting for Part 2 to post today –  Mary Robinette Kowal talking about tips for reading fiction aloud.  This part is much more in depth with some vocal exercises/tips that reminded me very much of my old vocal music lessons on voice placement.  It may seem like a lot of work for a reading, but considering the potential impact, and the importance…you should watch this video.

For those of you who may not be familiar, Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010). In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story “For Want of a Nail” won the Hugo Award for Short Story. She is a professional puppeteer and voice actor, and has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

The section on “attitude” is PRICELESS.

Special thanks to S. James Nelson for posting the videos to YouTube

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.