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.