Have you ever dreamed of writing your life story?

You don’t know where to start? You haven’t got enough time? You’re eager but you feel overwhelmed?

I can help you. My name is Marnie Summerfield Smith and I am a ghostwriter based in Kent in the UK. I set up Your Memoir in 2011 to help people like you tell their stories.

I became a ghostwriter in 2008. I had been a journalist for seven years, starting out on my local paper before going on to freelance for the National Press and women’s magazines. The transition from journalist to ghostwriter came when I realised that one of my stories could become a book. Home From War was published by Mainstream, an imprint of Random House, in 2009. It was the first book to have a foreword written by Prince William.

If you decide that I can help you write your story, I will sit with you and help you remember everything that you want to include. Then I will write your book as if I am you. You are the author, and when we are finished you will feel as if you have personally written every single word.

If you have already started writing your story, I offer a reading and editing service. If you want your memoir to go public I can give you guidance on getting published. Perhaps you would like to upload it as an e-book for Kindle, Amazon’s e-reader, or use a print-on-demand service. I can help you. Maybe you just want a few copies for family and friends, and I can advise on how to do that, as well.

Wherever you are in the world, we can work together. We can meet in person, talk on the telephone or chat on email, Skype or Google Hangout. In the last four years I have worked with authors in Kent, the Cotswolds and Scotland, as well as United States, Australia and Lebanon.

If you wish your parents or grandparents would write their memoirs, I offer gift vouchers for special occasions that might just encourage them to get started.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you write your memoir.

Dear Marnie

Thank you so much for the edit. It was actually perfect. There were places where I knew the words were not quite right but I somehow couldn’t find a way to fix it and it’s exactly where you edited so I’m chuffed about that.


(My life) was a living nightmare. Thanks for listening to it and helping me come to terms with it and enabling me to write this story.


A very good service. As well as helping us write our memoirs about our adventures as wartime entertainers, Marnie arranged for us to be interviewed on BBC Radio 4, and organised a wonderful book launch for us at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.

Mollie and Peggie

Marnie helped my father to edit his memoir Once A Sapper Always A Sapper. He really enjoyed working with her and looked forward to her visits.


This book that was written with Marnie, has totally opened the door and changed my whole outlook on life.


Marnie is a delightful lady and immediately made my Dad feel relaxed and start to chat about his life and wartime experiences.


I’d like to say how much I enjoyed reading my aunt’s memoirs that Marnie collated and wrote.


I’d just like to say a huge thank you for the dedication and passion you gave while ghostwriting with me.


I am amazed at what you’ve done. I’m excited. I think my memoir will be wonderful.


This is something I have been waiting to do for a long time, but when I lost my sight I thought that was it. And then I found Your Memoir.


All the books we ordered have sold and people are asking for further copies. People have been so interested! We’re really happy with everything Marnie did.


Marnie has the superb ability to write as if she is inside your head – and your heart. Marnie gave me new hope when I was struggling to write my own book.


I came to Marnie for editing and printing of my life story. I could never have hoped to do the excellent job that Marnie did.


Marnie ghosted our memoir of motorbiking around Europe for charity. The whole experience was very relaxed. Marnie was very friendly and accomodating yet professional.

Jane and Reg

Home From War is a very moving and touching story of love triumphing over all that life dealt this young soldier. A very captivating read, could not put it down. Would recommend this book.


Home From War is a truly inspirational and moving account of how love can conquer even the hardest things.


I received your book. It is absolutely fabulous. I really enjoyed reading the letters from my grandfather to you.


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