About Marnie

A people person

Born and raised in Whitstable in the UK, I started my journalistic career in my local newspaper in 2001. I loved meeting people, sharing a cup of tea and letting the conversation flow. Within a few years, I was freelancing for national newspapers, writing for 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.

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 HRH The Duke of Cambridge.

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.

And as much as I enjoyed my time as a national journalist, I didn’t get to spend as much time with people and connect with them as deeply as I wanted. Now, thanks to technology, I can spend time and share a cuppa with my authors, wherever they are.

If you want me to 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. We will work together to ensure the book is an accurate and authentic telling. You are the author, and when we are finished you will feel as if you have personally written every single word.

As well as being a ghostwriter and editor, I am an encouraging memoir mentor who enjoys collaborating and helping people learn how to write. I have been described by my authors as "genuine, insightful, instinctive, heartfelt, sensitive, professional and compassionate". One author recently described me as her “memoir midwife!” You can read my testimonials here.

When your book is finished, whether you want a few copies for family and friends, or to find a wider audience, I can help.

An international reach with a local approach

In my 11 years as a ghostwriter, I have worked on more than 100 memoirs with authors aged from 22 to 92, who live within walking distance of my home as well as across America, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Germany, Lebanon, Nigeria and South Africa. 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, living while dying, success in business, finding family, the Battle For Crete (WWII), overcoming suicide, mental illness, activism, recollections of life in a coma, disability, family mysteries, reunions with happy endings and without, forbidden love, spiritual connections, life with a famous parent, parental abandonment, social work, surviving genocide, and so much more.

 

I have also written many books with authors who have had what they call "ordinary lives". To me, every life is extraordinary, unique and precious. If you've thought of leaving your mark on the cave wall in this way, don't delay. You don’t want to regret not doing this, now that you’ve thought about it.

Maybe you're here because you wish your parents or grandparents would write their memoirs. I offer gift vouchers so that they can work with me as a gift from you.

You DO have a story to tell

If you're here because your family want you to write but you're thinking, "Nothing much has happened to me," then I ask you this: do you wish that your parents or grandparents had written down the details of their lives, however ordinary? I think I know the answer so be brave, swallow your modesty, and do this for your descendants. Whatever you leave behind will be treasured.

Maybe you want your family and your descendants to read your story? Perhaps you want closure or to surprise and entertain people? Perhaps you want to help others? No one else can say what it is like to be you in this world. So, whatever your reason, and whatever your story, you’ll need an experienced ghostwriter interested in detail, accuracy, structure and style, who is a warm and sympathetic listener.

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 07851 548 522 *. I will gladly call you back or meet or Skype with you with absolutely no obligation. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Dear Marnie

My memoir is written from different points of view. Marnie recommended adding more of my own emotions, that I sew the story together using my voice and feelings as the thread. She is open-minded and encouraged me by understanding the atmosphere I am trying to convey about a sensitive topic that informs the lives of…
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Dorothea Paiva

Working with Marnie was a dream come true! She as so helpful and encouraging with my memoir, we corresponded a year before we started working together and she gave me very helpful advice from the start. We worked together editing my memoir over seven months. Marnie is very patient, understanding and kind, traits that are…
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Amanda June

I found the entire process with Marnie as my ghostwriter to be cathartic in every way. Where I had felt nervous and anxious about putting pen to paper, I found myself feeling optimistic and often excited.
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Sally Woodmansee

I wouldn’t have managed to do it (the launch or the book) without Marnie. If you know the story of Dumbo who thought he could not fly without holding the feather in his trunk, well I call Marnie my feather.
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Jane Bloom

Marnie conducted my interview at the Whitstable Book Festival with skill and sensitivity. She was a good listener and took a genuine interest in her subject. We had a capacity audience for what was a very successful afternoon.
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Terry Waite CBE

Once I had decided that I needed to write a memoir, the next question was: where on earth do I start? I am so grateful that it was Marnie’s website that caught my attention first, as from the very moment I spoke to Marnie, I knew I was in good hands.
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Joanne James

I first met Marnie when she interviewed me at Harbour Books, Whitstable about my book Kill The Black One First – a memoir. I found her a very warm and helpful person. She was very well researched and her questions incisive and pertinent. She certainly helped make the event a success.
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Michael Fuller QPM

Throughout the whole editing process I felt both expertly held and simultaneously challenged to push my memoir to rewarding new heights. Marnie instinctively knows how to inspire with insightful suggestions whilst marshalling disparate strains of thought into cohesive order. My project was particularly exposing on a personal level and Marnie handled everything with extraordinary insight…
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Paul Beech

Although I met you when the book was almost finished, you were a breath of fresh air, who helped me dig deep and bring the suppressed memories to the surface in a couple of the most difficult chapters I had to write.
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Hana Ali

I was delighted when Marnie agreed to provide a workshop for the 2018 Kent Festival of Writing. Zuihitzu, the Japanese art of following the pen, proved a very attractive proposition for our delegates and we were oversubscribed. Neither Marnie or I wanted to turn anyone away, so it was a packed event!
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Sue Bassett

Thank you for your help in making this happen, and for putting Neil’s words together so accurately. We were so pleased that the first draft arrived in time for us to read it as a family to Neil. I know he really enjoyed his couple of days with you. Thank you. Sarah Vines, brother of…
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Sarah Vines

In the run-up weekend to our 2018 festival Marnie hosted a very well attended day of memoir-writing events, beginning with a moving, eloquent discussion in which she talked to author Sarah Pullen about her memoir A Mighty Boy. As an interviewer Marnie is a true professional, asking thought-provoking yet sensitive and heartfelt questions, and putting…
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Amanda Dackombe

My darling, I have read the book from cover to cover out loud. It is a wonderful book. My excitement is so great darling, you’re a star. Let’s write another one! Lady Sandra Bates, seventh bunny at the original Playboy Club, London, and author of How To Be A Kept Woman
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Lady Sandra Bates

It was a pleasure working with Marnie on the Writer’s Weekend. She was approachable, professional and communicative in the lead-up to the event and during the weekend she was wonderful. All delegates commented on her kind manner, her knowledge, and her ability to bring out the best writing in them. I can highly recommend collaborating…
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RedDoor Publishing

While reading your feedback yesterday the hairs were literally standing on my arms because I knew you were the right person to make this manuscript the best it can be…
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Tony Barbieri

A couple of weeks after the Memoir Writing Weekend, I am reflecting on what a difference it has made. For a long while I have had a desire to share my story, I did not have a clue how or where to start. All I knew is that there was at least one story there…
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Rose Smith

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.
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Anthea McCarten

This was a brilliant weekend – way above my expectations. Marnie just knows about memoir and her presentations were superbly focussed and paced. It’s rare to find someone who combines a high level of professional knowledge with the relational skills that make it all work. If you are needing support with your writing, hire this…
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Edna Murdoch

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

I have been lucky enough to work with Marnie on several occasions where she has interviewed, hosted and compèred events I have been managing. Marnie is a joy to watch at work. When the lights dim and she takes the microphone, I feel totally at ease knowing that everything will be safe in her hands.…
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Nancy Clark

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.
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Anon

Marnie interviewed me about my memoir Have You Been Good? for Whit Lit in 2015. Before we met at the festival, we had a long telephone conversation and I was struck at how quickly she understood my book. Her intelligence, warmth and sensitivity made the interview on the day feel more like a conversation with…
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Vanessa Nicolson

(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.
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Anon

Thank you for interviewing me for my event at the London Fashion and Textile Museum in November, 2018. You made me feel so relaxed and I appreciate your unerring and priceless support. You made the talk possible for me and I’m incredibly grateful. Liz Wilson, owner of Eclectica Vintage
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Liz Wilson

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.
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Mollie and Peggie

I attended the Red Door Memoir Writing Weekend because my daughter was one of the organisers and I wanted to support her and the Red Door publishing house. I was a little interested in memoir writing but now… I’m passionate about it.
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Alastair Burtt

Thank you Marnie for sharing your insightful and inspirational creativeness with me – well, and all of us. I loved the weekend and have come away full of excitement to write write write. Actually perhaps it’s more to organise organise organise! Oh well somehow I am determined to get my ‘stuff’ together. Thank you again.…
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Penny Wadsworth

Absolutely loved every minute of this amazing memoir writing retreat, and the time spent with such lovely people, sharing their deeply touching life experiences. Special thanks to you Marnie for all your encouragement, support and know how. Marnie helped me with my first book and now I am going to write the sequel myself. Feeling…
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Sally Woodmansee

I found the memoir retreat very inspiring. I was touched by Marnie’s professionalism as well as finesse in her comments. A truly enlightening weekend. Thank you so much for all the encouragement. Mona Radwan
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Mona Radwan

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.
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Suzannah Ridgway

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.
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Sam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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