Janina Edwards narrator of The Wedding Date
Q&A with Janina Edwards, Narrator of The Wedding Date

Award-winning narrator Janina Edwards is the voice behind many of our favorite romantic comedies, including The Wedding Date. She perfectly captures the wit, romance, and fun of Jasmine Guillory’s latest novel, resulting in a joyous summer listen.

To celebrate the launch of our new Volumes Book Club—and its inaugural selection, The Wedding Date—we chatted with Janina to find out more about the audiobook—and other seasonal celebrations!

Tell us a little about The Wedding Date.
In The Wedding Date, Alexa and Drew meet cute in a hotel elevator and go through their unique gauntlet of romantic challenges, based on the truth that she’s a smart, sexy, full-figured black woman and he’s a smart, sexy white doctor. The book is sexy (though not raunchy). It has a sense of humor, and as a black woman, the problems Jennifer explored rang true and weren’t the completely contrived stuff of most romance novels.

June is Audiobook Month, and we’re celebrating! Do you have a celebration ritual when you finish narrating an audiobook?
Depends. If I’m recording at an outside studio (not my home booth), I probably go have a nice meal or a chai latte and try very hard not to talk to anyone (i.e., rest my voice). If I’m home…umm yeah, pretty much the same thing. I use to shred my scripts, but since I work on an iPad now…

Which characters from The Wedding Date would you invite to a summer dinner party and why?
My immediate answer is Carlos and Theo. But the things I love about them are only uncovered in their books. Carlos loves to cook and is social, and Theo is a coffee aficionado who loves to dance. That’s half your party right there.

Is there a song that makes you want to get up and dance?
I’m answering these questions listening to old school Afrobeat literally bouncing in my seat. Fela Kuti and Femi Kuti, for example. Femi’s “Beng, Beng, Beng” rocks out. I also love Kirtan. Krishna Das’s “Hara Hara Mahadev” does it every time.

And in honor of Audiobook Month, what’s your next audio listen, and what made you choose it?
I’m a sucker for a good romantic series. A good friend has been pushing me to listen/read Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series. She got me hooked. Darn it. After finishing recording The Wedding Party, I was enjoying the characters so much, I’ve been working my way through the book series again, but reading, not listening to myself.

Listen to a clip of Janina narrating The Wedding Date:

“Edwards fully expresses all the sassiness, boldness, and romance of this story.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

“A romance novel that will make you believe in happily ever afters.”—Nylon.com

“What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel. I couldn’t put The Wedding Date down. I love a good romance and this delivered from the first page to the last…One of the best books I’ve read in a while.”—Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Hunger

Don’t miss the other audiobooks in this sexy, fun series from author Jasmine Guillory and narrator Janina Edwards. Check them out!