Life Stories book (Oral History)
. . . spoken words, transformed into a book
Imagine that you could create 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, and transform that interview – and a part of a someone's life – into a compact, bound book.
You also will receive an 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 your story? That's up to you. You can bring a topic to your interview session – or let David suggest a few possibilities – or just start talking, and see where in your life it takes you.
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.
Getting started . . .
where you are located
when (approximate date) you would like to be interviewed
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)
any questions you have