Lorelei King is an actress who has appeared in films such as Notting Hill, House of Mirth and (as the voice of Muthur) Alien: Covenant. She has played regular and recurring characters in popular British television shows such as Chef, Cold Feet, and Emmerdale. A multi-award-winning audio book narrator, she is one of the first inductees into Audible’s ‘Narrator Hall of Fame’. Once described as ‘the best known American voice on Radio 4’, Lorelei has recorded more than 200 programs for the BBC. She writes for animation and video game companies, and is co-founder of the digital publishing company, Creative Content Ltd. www.loreleiking.com www.creativecontentdigital.com
Tell us what you do in 20 words.
Actress, voiceover, writer, publisher, classicist. Ooh! Fifteen words left. Make me an offer.
What was the last book you read?
Educated by Tara Westover. Someone recommended it on Twitter (you can get some GREAT recommendations there) – it’s terrific.
And what did you read it on?
A tablet, of course. I don’t do deadtree.
Do you have a favourite audiobook?
I’ve loved recording so many, it’s hard to choose. But there’s a special place in my heart for Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series (we’ve just done number 24). Fun characters, great dialogue, and lots of comedy.
Name your favourite app and why.
Hands down, it’s iAnnotate, which allows me to mark up radio and audiobook scripts on my iPad. I wouldn’t be without it. It even lets me put in sound clips for accent or character voice reference.
Go on, let us know your musical guilty pleasure.
I adore Little Mix! There. I’ve said it and I’m glad.
Which great novel have you tried to read but failed?
Lord of the Rings. I couldn’t get past the first two pages. But I love the movies and am grateful to Peter Jackson for putting it into such an enjoyable format!
What is the silliest thing you have on your desk?
At the moment, it’s an enormous grey cat I’m looking after for a couple of weeks. He loves helping when I’m at my computer. For example, if it’s getting late and my energy’s flagging, he might sit on the delete key. Which gives me a delightful burst of energy. Especially if I haven’t saved in awhile.
When was your first London Book Fair?
2010, not long after Ali Muirden and I started our digital publishing company, Creative Content Ltd. It was so exciting to be at the LBF, making contacts and forging great relationships with people who work in all aspects of the publishing business.
What piece of advice would you give first-timers at the Fair?
Wear comfortable shoes!
Lorelei King will be in conversation with Adjoa Andoh at Quantum: Inspiration Informed by Data on Monday 9 April 2018