I grew up
in a small town in Northern California and came from a family of
writers. My father wrote professionally in business and advertising as
well as writing fiction and non-fiction. My mother continues to turn out
poetry at age 90. As a child, I was obsessed with reading every
biography I could get my hands on in the elementary school library. From
there it was a natural progression to begin writing stories about my own
life. At age 16 I began writing more expressively and continued to do
that into adulthood. As a Marriage and Family Therapist I have written
numerous clinical articles.
Several years ago I began writing my own "Memoirs of a Baby Boomer"
which is an ongoing autobiographical process. In January 2003 I
introduced a column of mini-biographies called "Neighbors" in the
Healdsburg Tribune. It was not much of a leap from "Neighbors" to the
emergence of my memoir writing business, Sonoma LifeStories. Besides
writing personal and family histories, I do professional ghostwriting,
write and edit oral histories for the Healdsburg Museum and Historical
Society, write a column for the Healdsburg Senior Center and facilitate
memoir writing workshops in the Healdsburg community.
My passion is doing personal and family memoirs and local winery
histories through Sonoma LifeStories. I love all aspects of this work.
I love listening to people's stories which are always new and
fascinating to me. I love working with my interview notes to put the
pieces of the puzzle together into a cohesive and enjoyable narrative
that interests people. I love the detailed fine tuning of editing over
and over to produce just the result my client is looking for. And I
love ending up with that tangible finished product that brings joy to