Book Review: Nightlife: A Stories from the Shadows Short Story by Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard

A Short Story from
Nightlife: Stories from the Shadows

A Seattle Homicide cop works nights – and that is a good thing – she is half-vampire. Detective Lilah Evans gets called to a dead body found just blocks from a nightclub where a girl went missing only hours before. She must find out if there’s a connection, and do her damnedest to solve the crime, all while protecting her secret.

Amazon Customer Reviews

5 stars  Way to go Gwendolyn Jensen by Jennifer Baratta 
Amazing wow. Hard to put down. Will definitely read more from you Second one will be worth the wait. Jennifer Baratta

5 stars  Not Sleeping in Seattle by Pepper 
This is a very good short story by a new(ish) author. The story kept my attention and kept me wondering at the same time. I am usually an HP Lovecraft and his school freak, which, so far, this is not; and I am looking forward to more of these stories, even without tentacles. There is obviously a great deal of background to this story and only a small part of it has been revealed.

Has some (good) resemblances to Juliet Blackwell’s “Witchcraft Mysteries,” a personal favorite of mine.

5 stars   Great introduction of characters by Andrea R. 
Great introduction of characters. I’m already attached to Lilah and I look forward to more of her adventures. Appreciate the attention to detail that allows me to stay with the story instead of questioning the author’s intentions.

About the Author

Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodward lives in the Pacific North West with her cats, her husband and her youngest daughter, (the eldest making her way in Spokane Wa). In her free time, she likes to play video games, chat with people world wide, and work as a voice over and audio book actress. She writes mostly fantasy, but has been known to dabble.

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Author Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard

Gwendolyn lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. She writes various forms of fantasy, reads voraciously, and is a voice actor and producer in her spare time.

Do you work on more than one novel at a time?  

Often, yes.  I try to finish one first, but sometimes, another idea strikes and I just have to get it on paper. Otherwise,  I might forget a great new story.

How many books are in your office or home?

This must be a trick question, right? I’ve never counted them, but I’d say well over 200, most likely much more (and I’m not counting my youngest daughter’s, 17, books. This would be nearly 100 themselves).  I love to read, and I love to re-read. We have a lot of fiction, mostly fantasy, some non-fiction (from my college days), and comics/gaming books.

Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing. 

Outside of writing, I enjoy voice acting. I volunteer voices for many online plays, and run my own Podcast company of different shows (ok, I admit, I write a few of them). I think Audio Drama is great medium today, harkening back to the days of Old Time Radio.  And I find it very important to have a strong female showing, of people running these podcasts, writing them, and being a part of the whole process


(note from Chelle)
Gwendolyn is a voice-actress and co-owner of Gypsy Audio. She did a superb job and audio recording on four of my novels Hostage Heart, Bartlett’s Rule, Karma Visited, and Final Sin. Read an earlier interview I did with Gwendolyn in July 2013.

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Where to find Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard online



Twitter: @gjensenwoodard




Meet Voice Actress Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard

Hi everyone. Today I’d like to introduce you to the talented Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard – Gwendolyn used her magic to help turn my EMS suspense Final Sin into an audio book. She was willing to sit with me for a few minutes here at the Potpourri Parlor and talk about what she does.

Hi Gwendolyn, let’s enjoy some iced cappuccino (it’s sooo hot out) and oatmeal raisin cookies (my favorite) while we chat.

What is a “Voice Actress” and how did you decide to become one?

A “Voice actress” is the same thing as a “voice over actress”. I mostly work for volunteer companies on the internet (not exclusively however). When my disability kept me from working as a nurse, I found out I could do my first love, acting, by finding various auditions. Since I started, seven years ago, I’ve now done over 300 voices.

That’s a really impressive list of credits. I think you read Final Sin exactly as I intended it, it was really a great job. When you are reading for an audio book, how do you achieve the author’s “voice”?

That is a hard question. I read the book as though I were reading it for entertainment/fun first, and find what feels comfortable for character and scene. And pull in some of my own writing knowledge. And then hope I did it right 🙂

Oh you definitely did it right, I really liked listening to Final Sin after you recorded it. Is there anything you would like to say about the story?

I really enjoyed “Final Sin”. I loved the red herrings, and the final confrontation scene. It was a blast to read.

Do you perform under a pseudonym and if so, how did you come up with it? What do your friends call you?

I use a pseudonym on occasions, when the material may not be appropriate for my children or if I just think it’s funny (I have an odd sense of humor). My friends, mostly call me Gwen.

Have you taken any voice training? What happens when you have a cold – any tricks of the trade?

Although I had drama training, I had to learn the tricks of voice acting on my own. It’s been fun. And if you have a cold? Tea with lemon, straight lemon juice (but don’t do this one for long) or hot cider sometimes help. And sadly, sometimes, you just have to rest your voice.

Since you’ve been a Voice Actress for so long, I’m sure you’ve had a few surprises along the way. Can you tell us about any of them?

While doing my first audio book “Murdered by Human Wolves” by Steven E. Wedel, I was surprised to learn that he found my accent to be nearly perfect for Oklahoma. Funny: there have been a few times my cats wanted to read along. Sadly, they can’t pronounce Chelle correctly.

Oh wow, you have cats, so do I. Please, introduce us to your felines.

I adore my cats, I have two: The Princess Buttercup, a white and ginger tabby (we used to have a Dread Pirate Wesley, that’s how she got her name). Also “Lilah Morgan”, a tortoise shell tabby (named after a character on the series “Angel”). Buttercup is a very loving, albeit older cat (she’s 13) Lilah spends her time acting crotchety, and irritable, but she loves attention when SHE wants it. They keep me happy.

Tell us a little bit about the rest of your family. What does your significant other and family think of your career?

I’m married to Dedrick, and I have two amazing daughters from my first marriage: Rhiannon and Bridget. My husband says he’s proud of the work I do (and has even listened to some of it). When Bridget was younger, we actually got her to act in a few shows, though now that she’s a teenager, she’s not interested. I think, though they don’t say it, that they’re proud of me too. That I found something I love to do.

Is there a special time of the day/night you like to work?

I prefer to record in the mornings, the earlier the better. I live in an apartment, and there is always less noise.(And I feel more accomplished the rest of the day)

I’m always nosy about the person behind the voice, what group did you hang out with in high school?

In High School I was the ultimate Drama geek. I spent as much time as I possibly could on stage. I never loved anything as much as I did being in front of an audience.

What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Artistic. Determined. Frustrated.

What do you do in your spare time to unwind and relax?

To unwind and relax, I listen to music, play video games and/or cross-stitch. And watch TV with my family.

Your Facebook page says you are a writer and a voice actress- what have you written?

I’ve written one novel “Shadows of Blood” (which I haven’t yet sent to a publisher), and a write a lot of the shows on my audio drama website, as well as various episodes for other companies. “TamLynn PI” is one on Gypsy Audio that is all mine.

What is the hardest part about being a voice actress/narrator?

Just like an author or other types of actors, it’s having the thick skin, not just for the rejections but also for the inevitable negative reviews. I still take these things to heart, even when I know I shouldn’t.

If you weren’t a voice actress, what would you want to be?

Hard question. Before I got so sick, I was a Registered Nurse. I think, if I could still do the work  that’s what I’d do. If I wasn’t about to be a VA, and can’t be an RN, well, I’d keep writing. I love it 2nd to acting.

Please tell us about some of the other books you’ve recorded and where can customers buy them?

I’ve recorded two supernatural thrillers for Steven E. Wedel “Murdered by Human Wolves” and “Seven Days in Benevolence” both of which can be found on and

What are you working on now?

Why, thank you for asking *grin* I’m narrating Chelle Cordero’s “Hostage Heart” (and loving it!)

Aw gee, now I have a big smile on my face. Gwendolyn, where can your fans find out more about you?

My website is : which is my audio drama company Gypsy Audio. There is a fan facebook as well:

Readers can reach me through the above sites.

To my readers/listeners: I hope you enjoy what you hear. And know the foremost reason I do this, is for you. To entertain (and every now and then, to educate 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me here today, Gwendolyn. And thank you so much for the terrific job you did reading Final Sin. I’m really looking forward to hearing Hostage Heart when you are done with that also.

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