is an Audie nominated and Earphones Award winning audiobook narrator. She has over 100 titles listed on Audible. com. She is looking forward to new audiobooks coming out soon, such as Little Wolves by Thomas Malt Man and Rwanda, Inc by Patricia Crisafulli. Hillary is also a character (if you don’t believe me, her submission is proof!). She was with us at the Blogger/Narrator luncheon in New York City in June and she kept the conversation going. I have a feeling if I spent any amount of time with her I would end up in a lot of trouble and wouldn’t regret one single minute of it – not even from behind bars.
I had a lot of fun looking through Hillary’s audiobook listings. As an adoptive mother, I’ve had my eye on The Red Thread by Ann Hood for quite some time. It’s now a must in audio. As I’m beginning to believe that audio is the key to short stories for me, I really want to pick up Boys and Girls Like You and Me by Aryn Kyle. I also enjoy memoirs about growing up within different religious traditions, so Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen has caught my eye. If vampires are your bookish kryptonite, she narrated the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian to much acclaim. Finally, if you’re worried about the impending Mayan Apocalypse, Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control by Medea Benjamin might just take your mind off of 12/21/12.
My earliest Christmas memory is a sound — the jingle of bells as Santa alit on the snowy peaked roof of my house in Westport, Connecticut. Little did I realize, my Dad, intent on delighting his only daughter and ignoring my Mom’s warnings, had climbed onto the slippery roof, lashed himself to the chimney and was now clambering about, Ho-Ho-Ho-ing and ringing those bells. It was an intoxicating moment for a three year old—filled with magic and the promise of goodies under the tree.
I love the sounds of Christmas — the crackling fireplace, the jingle of bells, the oohs and aahs as the tree is lit. But mostly, I love Christmas music. And I play it incessantly (much to my family’s dismay). From the Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping” to Bing Crosby crooning “White Christmas” and everything in between. Ok. Maybe not the dogs barking “Jingle Bells.” I can do without that one.
About five years ago, I came up with a concept for my own Christmas song interpretation. A duet with actor Eddie Deezen. You’ll recognize him from “Grease,” “The Polar Express,” and countless other movies, TV shows, cartoons and voiceovers. Bless his heart, I asked and he said “SURE HILLY, I’LL HELP YOU OUT HILLY!” It took Jennifer Conner’s “Baby it’s Cold Outside” blog feature to finally get me to record — you got it, “Baby it’s Cold Outside.” So here ya go. Merry Christmas!