About Sheridan Hill
After 25 years of writing, editing and publishing (McFarland Publishing, The Chronicle, Wake Forest University alumni magazine, Guilford College magazine, Parabola, Reader’s Digest ), Sheridan Hill founded Real Life Stories.
A passionate memoir writer, Sheridan Hill works with clients internationally to create a biography that is beautifully written, impeccably researched, and professionally printed. As founder of Real Life Stories, she works with a small stable of publishing professionals hand-picked for their expertise, efficiency, and ability to deliver.
In addition to authoring more than a dozen personal biographies, Sheridan Hill co-authored the 100-year corporate history of Jefferson Pilot Corporation. She has written thousands of newspaper feature articles. Celebrities Sheridan Hill has interviewed and written about include director Ken Burns, author Edward Albee and actor Sydney Poitier. Previously, Sheridan worked in corporate and nonprofit public relations.
Sheridan Hill’s paperback, My Name As A Prayer, is an intimate memoir of the healing journey between Hill and her eccentric mother during the final year of her mother’s life. Charlottean Troyanne Ross, her mother, founded the city’s first modelling and charm school (TRIM). New York Times best-selling author William Forstchen called My Name As A Prayer “a must-read!” Hill’s journey with her mom in that last year led her to volunteer for the local hospice, playing the harp and singing for the dying for about three years. Sheridan Hill addressed the gift of grief in a support booklet, A Brighter Day: finding hope in challenging times.
In Winston-Salem in the late 1980s and early 1990s, you would find the name of Sheridan Hill as editor of the employee newsletter for Wake Forest University/ Bowman Gray Medical Center (15,000 employees) and as public relations coordinator for the organ donor department of the hospital. In the early 1990s you would see Sheridan Hill’s name as editor of a weekly newspaper in Winston-Salem (The Chronicle). Hill also managed public relations for the Tarheel Triad Girl Scout Council,and worked in public relations for private firms. Before launching into professional writing, she studied Special Education and Business Administration at Appalachian State University.
Memberships are critical for networking and keeping abreast of changes. Sheridan Hill is a member of:
- Association of Personal Historians
- Editorial Freelancer’s Association
- North Carolina Writer’s Network
- Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce
- National Association of ProfessionalWomen
For spiritual nurture, Hill attends the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting. Volunteer commitments Hill has honored include three years on the Town of Black Mountain Planning Board, three years as a death-and-dying volunteer for CarePartners Hospice, and donations of time for local nonprofits including the Welcome Table (free lunch and nutritious food give-away program) and Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries.
Sheridan Hill speaks to enthusiastic audiences across the U.S. about the joy of memoir, including at the Virginia Festival of the Book and the Blue Ridge Book and Author Showcase. Sheridan Hill attempts to discuss memoir writing and how the memoir process works in this video from 2010.
“I am endlessly curious. I want to know everything you wish to tell me before I begin to tell your story. Memoir writing is my great joy in life.”
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