London audiobook narrator, Susie Riddell, is a finalist in the Narrator of the Year category for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) annual Industry Awards for 2022. The awards celebrate the hard work and talent of any person, group or organisation who has championed the broad genre of romantic fiction in a positive way.

Susie is an actress and voice artist. She is an experienced audiobook narrator with over 50 titles to her name. Susie plays Tracy Horrobin in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, and has twice been a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. Her theatre credits include productions at The Old Vic, Birmingham Rep and Bristol Old Vic, and television includes Doctors, Emmerdale, and Gavin & Stacey. She co-produces and presents the podcast, Limited Time Only.When she’s not behind a microphone, Susie enjoys playing netball, singing with the City of London Choir, and swimming in the sea.

She commented, ‘The romantic fiction I have been lucky enough to narrate has been truthful, heart-wrenching and beautifully witty. I get immersed in the wonderful stories I narrate, becoming multiple characters, sharing their journeys, laughing and crying with them. It’s an emotional experience narrating an audiobook, and I always feel the pressure of doing justice to the authors’ work. So to be shortlisted for this award is a real honour. I’m delighted! Plus I spend a lot of time shut up in tiny recording booths so it’s really lovely to get out for a party!’

 Laura James, the RNA Industry Awards organiser, added, ‘I congratulate each and every finalist and thank them and the industry for the unwavering love they show writers and readers of romantic fiction.’

 The awards have been held for the past eight years and are highly respected in the UK publishing industry. The finalists are nominated by the full and probationary membership of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, with a panel of independent judges selecting the shortlists.

 The award categories are: The Romantic Bookseller of the Year, Inclusion Award, Indie Champion of the Year, Library or Librarian of the Year, Indie Editor of the Year, Cover Designer of the Year, Narrator of the Year, Media Star of the Year, Agent of the Year, and Publisher and / or Editor of the Year.

The winners of the ten awards will be announced during the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Winter Party and Industry Awards ceremony, which is being held at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London City, 8-14 Cooper’s Row, London EC3N 2BQ, on Friday 11th November 2022 at 6.30pm.

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This year’s awards are sponsored by ProWritingAid, a manuscript editing software programme with in-app video learning for writers.

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