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Monday, June 17, 2019

Right Side of Wrong Cover Reveal and Surprise Announcement


It’s not too often that I get an opportunity to do this for myself, but I can’t keep quiet about it any longer.

It may seem like I’ve been laying low for a while, but I’ve actually been rattling away getting several projects completed.

For one, my novel, The Right Side of Wrong, has been revised and a second edition will be published soon with a new cover!




But the truly exciting news is that my first audiobook will also publish through Audible® with an amazing, talented, lovely, young actress performing the narration, Ms. Dana DiAngelo.



She has an extensive résumé in theater and television, along with a wonderful voice and infectious smile. Doing an audiobook with Ms. DiAngelo was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It reminded me why I wanted to write in the first place. Her intuitive ability put a voice to my words, conveying aloud what I could only express in pages. I was literally in tears, sobbing like a baby as she seemingly pulled every emotion imaginable from the depth of her soul to bring my novel to life.

The most incredible thing though about this process which I recently learned was that this was her first-ever audiobook. I'm sure that when you listen to it, you will not believe it either, but there you are.


Dana also took some time out of her busy schedule to allow me to interview her, and I was truly enlightened by her experiences and accomplishments.


So, without further ado, the interview:


Tess Burnside: Dana, thank you so much for taking the time from your busy schedule to talk with us today.  Please tell us a bit about yourself and why you decided to become an actor.
  
Dana DiAngelo:  I am a born-and-raised New Yorker and was lucky enough to have the opportunity from a young age to be exposed to live theater and performing.  I have been performing since I was a child and love bringing characters to life.  I wouldn’t necessarily be able to pinpoint a moment I “decided” to become an actor but rather that at some point I realized that acting and performing is a part of who I am and I am very proud of that.

TB: What do you find challenges you most as an actor? How do you feel accomplished?

DD: Exploring the life of a character and discovering the motivations and what drives them to make the choices they make in a piece is always a challenge.  Finding those little moments (which an audience may not even notice) which make a character unique and really create a fully realized portrayal is an amazing feeling.  Seeing a cast or team come together and bring a finished product to an audience gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

TB:  What are some of the voice overs that you have done?  Which is your favorite?

DD: I’ve done some corporate promos and training videos but I have to say that audiobooks narration is probably my favorite because I get to create a whole world in my head that (hopefully) comes to live through my voice.

TB:  Please tell us about your other talents.  You mentioned that you sing and dance?

DD:  Yes, I’m a trained dancer, singer, and actor.  I can usually be found in rehearsal somewhere in Brooklyn preparing for my next opportunity to perform in front of a live audience.  



(Check out this video performance with Dana, singing, "Poor, Unfortunate Souls") 

If I’m not on stage performing, I can be found offstage directing or stage managing, which I also love. Other than that, I bake and decorate cakes and play softball for fun. 

TB:  You mentioned that your audio recording of “The Right Side of Wrong” is your first-ever audiobook recording.  What challenges did you face performing the recording?

DD:  This was definitely a learning process for me but it was also a joy.  The biggest challenge was learning to trust the work I was doing and having confidence in the character choices I was making. I am very happy with the end result and can’t wait for the next one.



(Just for the record, we are ecstatic with the end result. Hear a sample by clicking here!)

TB:  What projects are on the horizon for you?

DD:  I have a few things in the pipeline.  I’m not at a point where I can announce anything yet but for more information on my upcoming projects, you can check my website, www.danadiangelo.com

TB:  Describe the perfect day.

DD:   It’s sunny and 75.  I spend the day riding my bike to the park to play softball, grab an outdoor lunch with a friend, head into the city and catch a show and then meet up with some friends for a round of Karaoke.

A huge thank you to Dana DiAngelo for taking the time out of her busy schedule to be interviewed.  Dana’s extensive résumé can be found by checking out her website.

The second edition novel will be available next Monday, June 23, 2019 as an ebook and paperback, and the audiobook will be available at the end of the month.