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Books & Reading

How Oprah Saved My Life

by Memoir Mentor on June 15, 2009

If the title of this post snagged your attention, good! It was meant to. Actually, I fudged a bit on the truth here…for effect. It really wasn’t Oprah who saved my life, but Oprah’s magazine, and it was my writing life, not my life life. To be specific, it’s the July issue that worked the magic on me, [...]


Hook Your Readers from the Get-Go

by Memoir Mentor on June 1, 2009

I just returned from a week in Illinois, where I attended a conference in Springfield and had the good fortune to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. It was fabulous. I have been to a number of presidential libraries, but none so beautiful, interesting, and inspiring.  You should all put it on your “Places I [...]


Turn Genealogy Data into an Interesting Story: Part 3

by Memoir Mentor on March 15, 2009

In previous blogs I’ve discussed some of the first steps you need to follow to transform genealogy data (names, dates, and places) into a family history that breathes life into those people, places, and events and tells an interesting story. This is not an easy project, but if you’re interested in family history, you likely [...]