Between the Sheets with Ava Erickson
Romance Narrators: You were Audie-nominated this year in Erotica for JA Huss' TAKING TURNS along with Joe Arden, Tad Branson and Sebastian York. How was that whole experience for you?
Ava: JA Huss’ TAKING TURNS was Audie nominated and is now up for a SOVAS award as well! JA wrote a really sexy book – so there is that. Plus, I was cast with some of the hottest guys in the genre. I will say though, after I read TAKING TURNS I reached out to JA and was like, “Girl, this book is HAWT!” I think the fans all really got in to that audiobook and between JA Huss, the writing and the narrators – it’s a winner.
Romance Narrators: Lola Leighton's BEDFELLOWS has been getting a lot of love lately, which you co-narrated with Jacob Morgan and Jason Clarke. What can folks expect from that listen?
Ava: Lola Leighton is the pseudonym for a best selling author and BEDFELLOWS was a departure from her usual style. It’s got a MFM relationship, which leaned more erotica than romance. That said, it’s not just about the sex. These characters are exploring what it means to love more than one person at once. Lola take us on a journey of breaking down boundaries and challenging social expectations when it comes to loving, intimate relationships. Plus, ménage is hot.
Romance Narrators: Why do you think you're so often paired with multiple men? Is that too forward of us to ask?:)
Ava: That is a great question! I read a review recently that said, “Ava has found her niche in ménage.” I think it’s one of those things that once it starts it just takes on a life of it’s own. I wasn’t seeking ménage titles but lucky for me, they keep coming my way. I also think the fans have a lot to do with that. Authors really listen to the fans and the input they give. Listeners ask and they shall receive. I really have the fans to thank for all of it. Thanks, guys!!!!
Romance Narrators: You seem like a gal who enjoys a bit of luxury. What makes you feel luxurious?
Ava: I love to travel. Nothing is more luxurious than sitting alone at a table for two in a foreign country, drinking an expensive glass of wine, eating whatever your heart desires and then the waiter bringing over a dessert from a handsome man at a nearby table.
Romance Narrators: What's the most romantic thing that's ever happened to you?
Ava: I was in Amsterdam minding my own business when I popped into a pizza-by-the-slice place to get a quick snack. While in there, I spotted this extremely attractive man (like model hot) and he spotted me and we had one of those ‘zingy’ moments. But, of course, I acted like it was nothing. Playing hard to get and all that. So, I leave the pizza place and he starts walking next to me and speaking to me in Dutch – which I don’t speak. Luckily, he spoke English, so it wasn’t over before it began! Anyway, we walked straight into the Van Gogh Museum and looked at art (and each other) – which was just magical – then we ended up on his boat on the canal under the stars. It was just perfect – like, movie worthy perfect. And it was just the one evening. I never saw him again. But, I’ll always wonder what happened to Luuk and I wonder if he ever thinks of me.
Romance Narrators: Halloween is coming up. Will Ava be dressing up this year?
Ava: I’m going as Liquid Platinum. Obscure, I know. But, I had all the supplies and didn’t want to go out and buy anything so there ya go! I’ve wearing a sparkly leotard and then covering the rest of my skin in a ‘platinum’ body paint and then draping myself with all the fake rhinestone ‘diamond’ jewels that my great aunt gave me years ago.
Romance Narrators: Tell us about your adventures sailing around the world like a true Viking. Where did you go? What did you see? Did you wear one of those sexy, pointy Viking helmets?
Ava: I have a thing for boats (see Luuk) and find the entire lifestyle very romantic. I’ve been many places, but there is SO much more I want to see. I just need to figure out how to put a booth in a boat!
Romance Narrators: What was the last audiobook you listened to that knocked you out?
Ava: It’s a completely different genre, but if you haven’t listened to the Illuminae Series by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman then it’s a must! It’s unlike any audiobook out there. Truly a movie for your ears. Jay and Amie are very talented authors, but the audio version takes it to a whole other level. It’s a Y/A Sci-Fi with a very large and talented cast. The series will blow your mind!
Romance Narrators: You've worked a great deal with Kendall Ryan. What is it about Kendall's writing that keeps you coming back for more?
Ava: I’ve done nearly 20 of Kendall’s audiobooks and I hope to do more! I really like working with her both as an author and a person. We communicate well and it’s an easy process. Her writing and her characters are just, well, kinda ME! If that makes any sense. I just ‘get it’ when I read her stuff. I innately relate to her characters so their voice is easily found within myself.
Romance Narrators: What does Ava Erickson do for fun when she's not in the booth?
Ava: It’s really important to me to have a healthy work/life balance. Spending time outside my booth makes me a better actress and more inspired to read so I stay busy in life! I never say no to a delicious meal – so I’m always up for an adventurous dining experience. I’m also very into salsa clubs right now. My girlfriends and I put on our hottest outfits and go dance the night away with strangers at these Latin clubs all over Los Angeles. It’s quite the scene and an amazing workout!
Romance Narrators: What exciting audiobook projects do you have on the horizon?
Ava: So many audiobooks! Well, as of today, I’ll be working on an M. Never project that should be coming out towards the end of 2018. I have a few S.L. Scott projects in the works as well. Oh, and my favorite author duo – JA Huss and Johnathan McClain have a new series coming out with the first book titled TRIANGLE, about….yep.. ménage! My specialty!
Romance Narrators: Where can people keep up with you online?
Ava: I’m not super active online but I love when people contact me on Facebook or whatever. Folks can always find me though! Twitter - @avaundercover Instagram-@avaundercover