I can answer questions on all aspects of writing memoirs, biographies, family histories, and corporate histories including handling sensitive issues, interviewing, editing, self-publishing, and setting up a business as a memoir writer.
I have more than twenty-five years of experience as a radio and television news reporter, author, freelance writer, and workshop presenter. I present a free monthly library class, "Your Memories, Your Book: Writing Your Life Story." I'm a member of two speakers bureaus: Missouri Writers' Guild and Missouri Center for the Book. I have had three books published and I'm writing a fourth. My articles and book reviews on a variety of topics have been published in national magazines and on the Web. I was a senior-level college administrator for twenty-seven years, including nine years as a vice president, during which I wrote newsletters, brochures, magazine articles, and published and edited an alumni magazine.
Missouri Center for the Book, Missouri Writers' Guild, Springfield Writers' Guild, Greene County Historical Society, Christian County Historical Society.
Books: Witnesses of Hope, Faith, Love and Healing; Dumb Luck or Divine Guidance; The Pastor's Guide to Fund-raising Success; Levell-Drew Family History. National magazines including CASE Currents, Congregations, Ozarks Mountaineer, Your Community Hospice, Power and Light series of Sunday-school curriculum for adult learners.
"It is not enough that we write to be understood. We must write so we cannot possibly be misunderstood." Robert Louis Stevenson.
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