Your Life Story in a Beautiful Book

Personal Biography Services

Through interviews,targeted research and unparalleled writing talents, we create a compelling narrative to tell your story as it has never been told: completely, precisely, perfectly.

How It works


You get a minimum of 12 hours of personal interviews, either in person or videoconferencing. (We can set up your account, if you prefer, and make this process easy for you.) While many folks are unsure of how they will like the interview process, every one of our clients has found it invigorating, pleasant, and many have found working with us a healing experience. With more than 20 years’ experience, we are often hired by the adult child or grandchild of a lovely person who is humble and does not want to be interviewed; in every single case, we quickly developed a friendly, warm rapport.

Gathering and Writing

We gather your photos, documents, recipes, letters, awards, and other materials you choose in creating your book. Next, the various events of your life are woven together in the most compelling narrative to tell your story completely and powerfully.We conduct research to set the stage for your personal stories, adding just enough background on the time, place, and cultural milieu to give context, to afford deeper meaning.

Design and Printing

Our graphic designers are experienced professionals who take the memoir we have written for you and blend it together with photographs, documents and records to make a print-ready file that you review. When you are satisfied, we turn that file over to one of our partner book printers, who then print and ship to you your hardback, archive-quality heirloom books.

RealifeStories in Partnership with LifeTime Memoirs

Love Our Clients

For more than 20 years, Real Life Stories, LLC, has specialized in personal biography and memoir, which some people call the work of a ghostwriter. Our books are precisely researched and thoughtfully written in an enticing style to showcase the trials and triumphs of your life.

Our clients range from a 95-year-old West Virginia grandmother to a multi-millionaire in Geneva, Switzerland. They are the most interesting people you never heard of. They are often innovators in more than one field. Every one of our clients has overcome the odds stacked against them and not only thrived but enriched the lives of those around them.

We hold our clients’ lives in utmost confidence and treat each personal biography and each client with individual attention. We stand above the rest in the beauty of the writing we offer you. It is an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with the intimate details of a person’s life and create a book.

You have one life. It’s more amazing than you think. Let’s turn it into a book.
~ Sheridan Hill

About Sheridan Hill

After 25 years of writing and editing (McFarland Publishing, The Chronicle, Wake Forest University alumni magazine, Guilford College magazine, Parabola, Reader’s Digest ), Sheridan Hill founded Real Life Stories.

A passionate biographer and 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 confidentiality.
LifeTime Memoirs, a key partner of Real Life Stories, is a global private autobiography service designed specifically to make the journey of creating your memoir simple, straightforward and, most importantly, fun. Learn more

What Our Clients Have to Say

Zach Levow

Cofounder, Barracuda Networks

We are so thoroughly pleased with the biography Sheridan wrote about my mom that we hired her again, this time to write my dad’s biography.

Tom L

App Developer

Sheridan did a lovely job at building trust with my mother and allowing her the space to tell our family story. She found details and historical context unknown to our family and ultimately crafted a thoughtful narrative that will last us generations. Thank you!

Bill Crews

Virginia statesman

I am impressed with the extremely high quality of Sheridan's work. I gave away 50 copies of the book and everyone raves about it. Once they start reading they can’t put it down.
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