Ellen Roddick

Writer and Editor


Client Memoirs

"It's not only who gets the grandfather clock,

but who was Grandfather?”
—Tom McMillan
Denver estate-planning attorney, Family Giving News



Writing Clients' Life Stories


When you and I work together to preserve your life stories, I tailor the process to fit your investment of time and money. After a free consultation, I send you a proposal outlining the process we agree to follow. As soon as you approve the proposal, we begin our interviews.

Your memoir can be any length, with interviews lasting for an hour or two at a time on a number of days over a period of weeks or for a few hours on a single day. You can start with just one story, if you like, and then decide whether to share more of your life.

Some clients ask men to interview a sibling or old friend and include their memories of shared experiences. One client asked me to work with his attorney, who had the final word about what to include. As a personal historian, I am flexible about how to achieve your goals.

Reading the manuscript of your memoir, you —
  • Note any changes you want.
  • Add photographs, news clippings, and other artifacts if you wish.
  • Decide if you want your memoir to be available as a book for sale and to local libraries.
  • Select your format as bound photocopies or paperback or hardcover books.
  • Choose the number of copies you want to order.

  • Editing Memoirs

    If you write your own memoir, I will add professional editorial polish while preserving your voice as the narrator.