ALEXANDRIA, VA – Nicole Lacroix can be heard every weekday afternoon on Classical WETA 90.9 FM. She has that familiar, soothing voice that tells listeners the stories behind their favorite pieces. Now she has a part-time gig: audiobook narrator.
Recently, she completed her recording of Alexandria author John Adam Wasowicz’s new thriller, “Slaters Lane.” On Wednesday, October 21, she will headline a virtual discussion of her work on the book from 7-8 p.m. The event will be hosted news broadcaster Nora Raum and feature Wasowicz and cellist James David Jacobs. Jacobs composed music for the audiobook.
Lacroix told The Zebra that when she received an email from Wasowicz asking for her help, she took the opportunity immediately. She was an Alexandria resident for seven years and recognized places mentioned in the novel.
“Narrating my first audiobook was an adventure. I’d always wanted to record a book because I so enjoyed listening for the five years I commuted from Baltimore to Virginia,” she said. “I even took a course on audiobook recording at a studio, and some acting lessons at the Little Theatre of Alexandria.”
While Lacroix is looking forward to Wednesday evening’s event, she admitted to feeling a bit intimidated. And not working in the same room as the author because of the pandemic presented some challenges. When side by side with someone, questions can be answered immediately. Discussions take place.
Yes, there are similarities between radio and a recording studio – such as mics and other equipment used. However, there are important differences, too. For instance, radio is live, so there is more pressure. In the recording studio, mistakes can be corrected.
“I guess the biggest difference is that I’m myself on the radio and hosting special programs like NSO Showcase, WETA’s National Symphony Orchestra programs,” she said. “In ‘Slaters Lane’ I had to create different characters. That was the fun and challenging part.”
Hear Lacroix, Wasowicz, and Jacobs by clicking HERE on Wednesday night. This free event is sponsored by the Harvard Club of Washington D.C.