Future Generations Are Waiting To hear From You

About Me

Thank you for visiting my site!  Hearing stories about the lives of my friends and family has always been a treat for me.  From dad's army days and mom's early childhood to grandma's recipes and auntie's disco days, I love to hear the stories that make up people's lives and shape who they are today. It is a great pleasure to be able to combine this passion with my love of writing.       

My fascination with writing began before I could read.  As a young girl, I would copy verses from the Bible and make my own books, complete with illustrations. This love of writing continued through college where I received an MA in psychology and wrote a compelling thesis on the importance of the mother and child bond.   

I have spent over 20 years in the social services field working with individuals with developmental disabilities and the elderly. This work enhanced my listening skills and bolstered my belief that everyone truly does have a story to tell.    

I reside in beautiful San Rafael, California with my husband, Dominick and eleven year old son, Vinny.

The Process

The process of creating a written Personal History is an unique endeavor and therefore completely customizable.

Step one: The Interviews   

Interview sessions are usually in one to two hour sessions in your home or another quiet, comfortable location. Using a digital recorder, I ask questions about your life that elicit your memories and stories. The choice of events to include and the level of detail are up to you. The number of interviews required for a full history vary depending on the narrator's talking speed, level of detail, recall ability, number of events narrated, amount of thinking time, and many other factors. As a result, a full history can take as few as two to three interviews or more than twenty.

Step Two: The Transcript   

All interviews are transcribed. This transcript is a record of the interview sessions. This is the raw material used to create the narrative of your story.

Step Three: Writing the Narrative 

The Transcript is an account of the interview sessions. I work with the transcript to transform your interviews into a narrative story preserving your distinctive voice. Final decisions about what to include and exclude belong exclusively to you. You will receive a draft for review before final printing.   This narrative will be professionally bound in hardcover for you.

Cost of Creating a Personal History  

Creating a Personal History is an investment in a priceless legacy.  Costs vary depending on the number of interview hours and length of project.  In general, the cost of a Personal History is comparable to a vacation or a down payment on a new car.    

Please contact me for a no obligation discussion of your project.

Contact Me

I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about saving your family history


Shannon Stallone, Personal Biographer

(415) 686-2094