Between the Sheets with Cris Dukehart
Romance Narrators: First things first. What is the "Post-It Note Cottage"?
Cris: We, my daughter and I, live in a little Tudor cottage, complete with plaster and beams, ivy covered walls, and unruly and misbehaved gardens full of roses and mint and other things that, like its gardeners, never seem to grow as intended... It is plopped right in the middle of a number of larger, much more stately, Tudor homes.
For reasons known only to them, the previous owners painted the house a pale yellow... the neighbors, we like to think, AFFECTIONATELY, called it "Post-it Note Yellow".
When we moved in, the lovely woman who lives across the way, a tiny spitfire of a gal who calls herself my daughter's "Cuban Abuela," said "Oh, you've moved into the Post-it Note Cottage!"... and it stuck.
It's a constant work in progress, our little cottage, and we weren't terribly surprised to find, when two years ago, after we painted the pale yellow an appropriate and traditional Tudor white, our little home was still known about our small town as the "Post-it Note Cottage".
Romance Narrators: Let's talk about the Cold Fury Hockey Series you narrate for Sawyer Bennet. Eleven books! Will there be more?
Cris: It's been such an exciting series, the Cold Fury series, and my book boyfriend, that Graham Halstead, is just the loveliest man, but, you know, Sawyer has a new hockey series that began in August, the Arizona Vengeance! It's my understanding that there is some crossover between the teams, so it isn't the absolute END of the guys and gals from the Cold Fury series... and who knows what the future and the fabulous writing mind of Sawyer Bennett holds :) There just may be another Cold Fury book yet!
Romance Narrators: You also have a lovely collaboration going with author Melinda Leigh. Tell us about the Morgan Dane Series and Scarlet Falls Series.
Cris: Oh, goodness, that series haunts me! It began with the Scarlet Falls trilogy, and continued as it follows Morgan Dane, the sister of Stella Dane from Seconds to Live, the last in the SF trilogy.
After the death of her husband, Morgan, an attorney, returns to Scarlet Falls, and her family, to raise her three girls. But Scarlet Falls isn’t always the peaceful small town it appears to be, and Morgan along with her new fellow, Lance and his partner, Sharpe, uncover secrets long hidden and unravel mysteries that keep me positively on the edge of my seat!
Romance Narrators: Your website boasts a whole lot of adorable rubber duckies in a washing machine. How did you land on this bit of visual awesome?
Cris: Nancy Wolfson of Braintracks Audio spent time branding me... picking images and colors that felt like "me"... the ducks worked, I think, on many levels, but mostly, I think, to cheekily suggest my last name, Dukehart.
Like all good things though... the time of the ducks is almost at an end as I'm working on an exciting web update. Do keep an eye out :)
Romance Narrators: This is going back a few years, but Dancing With the Stars fans everywhere will thank us for asking about the Cheryl Burke memoir you narrated. How did that come to you? Can you now ballroom dance with the best of them through osmosis?
Cris: I actually DID take a ballroom class when I narrated that book! When time presents, I like to research my books... and that was such a FUN one to research! That book was cast in the very beginning stages of ACX, and I was positively OVER the MOON to have been chosen for it!
Romance Narrators: What is it like living in rural Pennsylvania? What is the art scene there? Do you have any narrator pals in the area?
Cris: The "art scene" in rural Pennsylvania? You know, surprisingly, just a hop skip and a jump from me is York, Pennsylvania, where a fairly bustling art and theatre scene flourishes. While I am fortunate to be "central" to Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia and even NYC, the narrator folk in the immediate area are few and far between. Years ago, in school, when asked to explain what her mother, a narrator did, my daughter replied, "My mom just sits in a little padded room and talks to herself... all day long."
And... well... that's pretty much the truth of it :)
Romance Narrators: What do you love most about being an audiobook narrator?
Cris: Audiobook narration has allowed me the privilege of working, largely, from home… READING of all lovely things I could do, while still being able to, along with my daughter, explore some of the most exciting cities in the country and to meet and experience the very best community of creative folk... ALL of the people, from the listeners and publishers to the actors and tech magicians of audiobook community!
On Monday, I might save the universe from a dark elven race, and by Friday, find myself a 12-year-old girl, in historic rural Virginia, and every morning and evening after 3 or so, I am my favorite role... “Mom”. I am never, ever bored!
Romance Narrators: What exciting audiobook projects do you have on the horizon?
Cris: There are always new and exciting stuffs happening, but most recently, with the arrival of cold weather, I've been getting so very COZY! I worked with author Tara Meyers on a charming new cozy mystery series, "The Secrets of Sanctuary, You Can Lead a Horse to Murder"...to be followed shortly by Ellery Adams' follow up to this summer's NYT Bestselling audiobook, "The Secret Book and Scone Society", published by Dreamscape Audio, "The Whispered Word", to be released just after Thanksgiving, on the 27th!
Romance Narrators: Where can people keep up with you online?
Cris: I'm working on a website update at www.crisdukehart.com, and I can also be found on Instagram: @crisdukehart I'm on Twitter a bit... @CrisDukehart and also on Facebook.
Links to people mentioned in interview:
Sawyer Bennett and the Cold Fury: https://sawyerbennett.com/2018/05/22/is-this-the-end-of-the-cold-fury-😭😭😭/
Melinda Leigh: https://melindaleigh.com/
Ellery Adams: http://elleryadamsmysteries.com/
Nancy Wolfson: www.braintracksaudio.com