Tanya is a professional narrator with nearly 600 titles to her credit. She's narrating the intro and credits of NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED. She's also the editor of the project and has included two or her written pieces, MY NAME IS NOT LOLITA and I LOVE YOU LESS.
"Storytelling to me is important. I think it's one of the few ways that we can teach empathy. When you're listening to a story, when you're immersed in someone else's point of view, it helps you imagine a life outside of your own. Hopefully in your real life, when you meet someone who has different experiences than you, this empathy-training can help you connect.
"I wanted to create a project where writers and narrators could come together to share words that make us feel. Maybe they're sad, maybe they're funny, maybe they're uplifting. NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED has exceeded my expectations. It's truly a beautiful collection with voices from across the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and India participating.
"I had narrators read pieces blindly (without author names) and comment on pieces they connected to. Every poem, story, and essay was claimed by a narrator who felt a deep connection; many of the pieces claimed again and again. Then I assigned based on those connections to even out the pieces between the narrators.
"My friends and colleagues have supported this project with their talent and expertise:
Kim Hindman of 10 Digit Press, designed the cover.
Troy Otte of Featured Audio has donated his engineering and post work.
Stuart Poltrock of Sound Post Studio recorded two Michigan writers (Gina Dawe and Nancy Wagner).
Rachel Wisley-Schulz donated her legal services.
Nick Shillace and Jenny Knaggs added their music.
A dozen people have donated funds.
And 34 writers and 30 narrators are participating.
"This project has warmed my heart. I hope it will warm yours too."
Find Tanya on Twitter. She posts random thoughts, audiobook updates, stupid jokes, and sometimes pictures of food she makes.