About Me

Born and raised in Kent, I started my journalistic career on our local newspaper, the Whitstable Times, in 2001. Within a few years, I was freelancing for National newspapers and wrote for the likes of the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Guardian and The Times, as well as magazines like Marie Claire, Woman and Woman’s Own.

My work took me to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Malawi, Canada and Greece where I interviewed refugees and soldiers, businesspeople and celebrities on subjects as diverse as war, grief, disability, adoption, relationships, mental illness and life-changing experiences.

When I transitioned from journalism to ghostwriting, I relished going from a 1,200 word article to a 96,000 word book – not just for the sake of it, but because a newspaper or magazine interview, however brilliant, can only ever tell part of the story. A book allows you to go into more detail.

What’s also better about writing a book is that the author has control over what they say. Too often in journalism an editor will over-dramatise a story. Once or twice this has damaged the trust I had built with people I had interviewed. When you have your story ghostwritten by someone like me, you are in charge.

If your book is published commercially an editor at a publishing house may ask you to expand on certain areas or change something, but it’s a discussion not a demand. As the author of a memoir, you have the final say.

As a local journalist I loved being out and about meeting people, sharing a cup of tea, letting the conversation flow and the relationship develop. This wasn’t always the case with National newspapers or magazines because deadlines loomed, and the celebrities I often interviewed were short of time.

Through Your Memoir, however, I get to spend quality time listening to people again – and drinking tea with them! Thanks to Skype I can do this even if my clients are on the other side of the world.

In the last four years I have helped 29 authors aged between 22 and 92. The projects have ranged from 10,000 to 160,000 words. Together we’ve told stories about sailing the world, adventures for charity, the British navy, unrequited love, showbusiness, equine advice, overcoming abuse, requited love, life after death, being a Playboy bunny and a mistress to the rich and famous, growing up as a Barnardo’s boy, the Dutch Resistance, adoption, self-help, life as a sex worker, imprisonment abroad, the Royal Engineers, fighting cancer, success in business, finding family, the Battle For Crete (WWII), overcoming suicide, mental illness, family mysteries  and so much more.

As you can see, very few subjects are off limits, and everyone has a story to tell. You might even want to write your autobiography and not just focus on one particular event or experience. The life you think of as ordinary will be really special to your loved ones, and you would be surprised at how eager they’ll be to read about it.

You might want your memoir written because you want future generations to read your story. You might want closure or to surprise and entertain people. Whatever your reason, and whatever your story, you’ll need an experienced ghostwriter interested in detail, accuracy, structure and style, who is a warm, compassionate listener. Please see my testimonials to read what my authors say about me.

What journalism taught me is that everyone has a story to tell. What Your Memoir taught me is that I love to help tell those stories.

Please email me at marnie@yourmemoir.co.uk or call me on 07710 721 389. I will gladly call you back or meet or Skype with you with absolutely no obligation.

Dear Marnie

All I knew was: I wanted to share my story, write my memoirs. I Googled ghostwriter and Marnie was the first person I contacted. Marnie made such a great first impression that I felt no need to look any further.

Anthea McCarten

I found Marnie to be such an affable person. Not only that, but she gave me the confidence to finish my memoir.

Martin Davies

Marnie is a truly special person with a wonderful gift. She is sincere and compassionate. I loved working with her. My book was rather complicated.

Suzannah Ridgway

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.

Anon

(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.

Anon

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.

Sam

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

Brian

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

Michael

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

Diana

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

Anon

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

JK

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.

Jan

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.

John

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.

SB

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.

Gerard

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.

Amazon

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

Amazon

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

Lloyd

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