Why Write Your Life Story ?

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Funny you should ask, this is why I got started:

When I was in my twenties, my mother handed me a copy of our family tree that dated back to 1648 when my ancestors came from France to settle in an area known as “Acadie,” now Nova Scotia. “That’s nice,” I replied and put the papers away in a drawer.

In a move some twenty years later, I came across the yellowed sheets held together by a rusty staple. Looking at the names and tracing the path down to my own name, I now longed to know more about the people whose births, marriages and deaths were listed before me. Unfortunately, by that time, all those who held pieces of our family story were long gone. I missed my opportunity. My ancestors’ stories died with them.


Since then I’ve devoted much time and effort to helping others avoid the mistake I made, assisting them in preserving their stories for themselves and their families.

Through ghostwriting memoirs on behalf of others, co-authoring, editing and teaching, I have assisted hundreds of people in creating a written legacy for their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and generations to come.

I hold an M.A. in creative writing from the University of Central Florida and a B.A. in journalism from Louisiana State University and have worked as a memoirist, writing coach, editor, writing instructor, journalist and photographer.


  1. Janet Evans says:

    I am still having difficulty signing in…for 7 day prompts.

    Did sign up for teleconference call for jan 28th 7:30 pm

    Does that automTically sign me up for prompts…?


  2. Jeanne Sullivan says:

    Thanks for helping me sign up for seven day challenge. Can’t wait to get started.

    • You’re very welcome. I’m looking forward to you being a part of the challenge. I’m sure you have wonderful stories to write.

  3. Barbara Powell says:

    I can’t sign into the Challenge. Error on home page.

  4. Hi
    I am coming to class Jan 16th haven’t been to classes for a long time. My membership expired. Trying to sign in to the free seminar for Jan 24th. Tried to sign in using old sign in information then switched to word press still could not get connected. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow and bringing a friend.

  5. garybob309 says:

    It also wouldn’t take my username or password. I think I’m finally in.

  6. stephenie says:

    I am writing about my life, and for some reason I am only focused on tragic times? how can I get out of this block?ste

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    Every time I try to sign in, it says that my email is not valid, or isn’t in the system. Can you help me sign up for the seven day challenge?
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  13. Kathleen Hughes says:

    Well I wrote it! TWICE! But where is it? I submitted it twice. Had to rewrite. I used the enlarge screen button so that my old eyes could see. Used the return button to go back and submit. Poof! I wrote it again to be sure. POOF! I submitted it, but is there a place to look at it after submission? This is Day Two Prompt. Thank you.

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