It’s always pretty cool to get to tell someone I live in Astoria, Oregon. It’s really cool when I can pop in a DVD from the ’80s or ’90s like Short Circuit or Kindergarten Cop and point out the street I used to live on, or the school where my daughter went until third grade. But it’s a whole different level of cool when I get to narrate a book set in Astoria, written by an Astorian.
Local author Deb Vanasse reached out after reading an article about my voice acting in The Astorian newspaper. She moved to the Oregon Coast from Alaska several years ago and has written close to 20 books, the latest being the Tidewater Chronicles series under her pen name Vanessa Lind. It’s a dual timeline historical mystery series set in Gilded Age and present-day Astoria. Her two heroines are struggling to find their places in worlds 135 years apart, but they share a resilience and independence that I enjoyed bringing to life. Plus, Deb’s descriptions of familiar Astoria buildings and landmarks made it a cinch to put myself in the story!