Life Stories book (Oral History)
. . . spoken words, transformed into a book

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Imagine creating a document of some aspect of yourself – or of someone in your life, such as a parent, grandparent, or close friend – an actual book to keep, and share with others – and all the subject of that book would need to do is talk?

That's how simple it is to create a Life Stories book. You (or the person you are providing this gift for), known as the "narrator," would sit down and talk with David Maloof – an experienced interviewer, editor, published writer and teacher of life stories (also known as "memoir" or "autobiography"). 

David will record the interview, transcribe it into a computer document, lightly edit as needed, format it, send it to a printing company, and transform that interview – and a part of someone's life – into a compact, bound book. 

 

You also can receive an (optional) audio version of the actual, unedited interview (in mp3 format) that you can share with others, thus preserving not only the person's words, but voice. 

What will be the story? That's up to the person interviewed, who can bring a topic to the interview session – or let David suggest a few possibilities – or just start talking, and see where in life it goes.

Why create a Life Stories book?

In a sense, any time we tell a story about something in our past, we are creating an oral history: a spoken account from some time in a life, with people, a place, and some meaning either already sensed or to be discovered. 

 

But those stories exist only for the speaker and whoever might be listening. And then, usually, the stories disappear.

​​​A Life Stories  book will be there for the narrator (the person speaking the story), and the narrator's current family and friends, as well as generations to come – to read, understand, appreciate, and remember. It is a legacy that can link people, from one generation to another.

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How to get started:

 

contact David (through the Contact box below, via DFMwords@gmail.com or through this form) to let him know of your interest, and:

  • where you or the person to be interviewed is located

  • when (approximate date) you would like the interview(s) to occur

  • if you would like one interview, or a series of interviews

  • how long you would like each interview to last (usually one hour to 90 minutes)

  • when you would like the finished book to be available

  • any questions you have