Bringing text to life

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based writer Erin Hernden (left) recorded her first audiobook, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, in Prince Albert five years ago. It is now available on her website. Her husband Don (right) provided illustrations. © Photo courtesy Erin Hernden

Ontario children’s writer journeys to Prince Albert to record first audiobook

In 2011 Erin Hernden travelled to Prince Albert to visit family, take in the sights and record her first audiobook.

The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based writer had been working on her children’s book, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, on-and-off for the past seven years, with her husband Don contributing illustrations. Once the story was finished, Hernden recorded herself reading the book, thought to herself, “This reads well,” and decided to enlist the help of some musical family members to bring the text to life. This month the final product was finally made available on Hernden’s website, weewidevoice.ca.

Hernden’s project brought her to P.A., where she recorded her narration at her nephew Rich McFarlane’s studio at Mosaic Music. McFarlane also contributed music and sound effects.

“I knew that if I asked him to, lets say, make a mouse’s ears wiggle, he could do that with the sound of a piano or his guitar,” she said.

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