Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The Voice Behind Darwin's Paradox

For those of you who haven't already visited the Darwin's Paradox site, competently run by the indomitable Karen Mason, and where you can read or listen to the first six or so chapters of my book, click on this link for a taste (...not to worry; I'm not subjecting you to my cranky alien's voice). This podcast of Chapter One is professionally done by Heather Dugan, an accomplished voice-over artist (more on Heather below). I think you'll really enjoy it. Let me know what you think.

When Karen Mason persuaded me to let her create and run the Darwin's Paradox website showcasing my book, I had no idea how much talent she would bring into this project. Besides being a shaman of incredible power, she runs Starfire World Syndicate and is herself an accomplished writer, private pilot, and cryptologist. We had discussed doing a promotional podcast of the book over some virtual drinks and ** presto! ** Heather Dugan appeared! More of that persuasive shamanism, if you ask me... If you want to know why I was so overwhelmed, listen (and watch) the video, of Heather reading Chapter Two of Darwin’s Paradox, here. Heather is magic to your ears. Lyrical, sensitive and genuine, her fluid and clear narrative flows like a bracing mountain brook. Evoking emotions and touching your heart. I am proud and honored that she has joined the Darwin team.

Heather Dugan is a voice-over artist and on-camera talent (see her website: http://heatherdugan.com/). Born in Ann Arbor MI, Heather resided in beautiful Ohio, state of rivers and streams, most her life. She received a BA in Communications from Indiana University, Bloomington. After making a splashy entrance in the media field as Miss Columbus (“Sshhh,” says Heather. Sorry! I just had to!), Heather went into radio sales where she was discovered as a talent in “voicing”, which jumpstarted her varied career that included community theatre, radio/TV commercials, industrial films, narrations, phone network commercials, and talk show co-hosting. She has done voicing for Nationwide, The Columbus Dispatch, Bank One, Verizon, Honda of America, Cintas, Lazarus, The Truberry Group, among many other prestigious clients.

Heather is also an accomplished writer, photographer and musician (keyboardist). She wrote and co-wrote several documentaries, plays and musical compositions. You can see her photography on her travel blog, “Footsteps”. Her first poem, written when she was seven years old, was framed by her mother and sits on her desk. Heather is herself a devoted mother of three children. An avowed passionate traveler, Heather loves the outdoors and adventure. She keeps fit by running in races, kayaking, biking, swimming and weight-lifting. Heather currently lives in Lewis Center, Ohio, with her three children and chocolate lab.

Thanks so much, Heather. Your dedication, professionalism & excellent work ethic, and remarkable voice are truly appreciated.





Nina Munteanu is an ecologist and internationally published author of novels, short stories and essays. She coaches writers and teaches writing at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. For more about Nina’s coaching & workshops visit www.ninamunteanu.me. Visit www.ninamunteanu.ca for more about her writing.

8 comments:

Modern Matriarch said...

awesome! I am so excited to get a peak at your book!

Modern Matriarch said...

or a peek even . . . lol . . . must have caffeine . . .

Jean-Luc Picard said...

This was really interesting, Nina. Darwin's Paradox seems so wonderful.

Thasnks for connecting on Facebook with me, my friend.

Karen said...

Kudos to Heather for making Darwin's Paradox come alive!

sfgirl said...

LOL! Go have your coffee, Tricia! Then tell me what you think! :) ... Jean-Luc! Great to have you around on Facebook.

zephyr01 said...

Wow this is phenomenal. I was mesmerized by Heathers rich voice. Masterfully done. You make an awesome team!

sfgirl said...

Thanks, Zephyr! I think so too! Isn't she fantastic?

burja said...

great blog. comming back again! Cheers