What We Do Tell Your Story
Our expert writers work one-on-one with every storyteller or couple during intimate interviews and create completely custom, one-of-a-kind life story books. If a loved one has passed away, our writers interview family and friends in order to create a tribute book that captures the life lived.
Raconteur was born out of the desire to preserve parents and grandparents' life stories. Co-founder, Olivia Spallino Savoie, documented her grandmothers' memories. After seeing what the keepsake memoirs meant to her own family, she began writing life story books for families everywhere.
The saddest sentence I know is 'I wish I had asked my mother about that.'
~ William Zinsser
"...It [the interview questions] refreshed memories that I almost forgot. It brought up things I hadn’t told my family before... I thought Olivia was very, very good. The whole book is very informative and sounds very much like me telling about my life. My family loves it. I liked every bit of the book..."
"It was a joy working with Raconteur. I always dreamed of writing my story, but I couldn’t sit down and write it myself. Olivia Savoie being there made my dream come true: to put my life story down on paper to give to my children and grandchildren. Without her, I never could have gotten all my memories in order. Olivia asked me about so many things I never would have thought to put in the book. Now, I can look at the book and reminisce. As I get older, my memory isn’t too good, but the book keeps me going. I can check it to remember trips or special times. Raconteur did a great job."
"Because we've [my wife and I] had such a varied background and been to so many places, a lot of them before the children were born, I thought it would be nice if it
[our life story] was in writing. I had always thought that I would do it. But I could not have imagined anything that I would
do would turn out to be something like this [book]. She [Olivia Savoie] has just done a marvelous job... I got the distinct feeling when I was reading
it that I was talking. She had a knack to put me right in the middle of this. I think when my kids read this, this is going to be Dad talking."
"We love the book. [We are] so happy that you could do this for Mimi and for all of us. [The book is] such a special memory we will be able to share for many generations."
"My thought from the beginning was to produce a written manuscript with which I might surprise my children—that would somewhat describe what life was like in my early years… It is with a great deal of relief and appreciation that I thank Olivia for her focus and leadership in helping bring this task to fruition."
Dr. David F.
"Olivia was amazing throughout the entire process. The book came out better than anyone thought, and her ability to capture the details and deliver an exceptional product comes naturally to her. I cannot say enough good things about the process and her ability even when dealing with difficult circumstances. I highly recommend her services."
"I have really enjoyed working with Raconteur on my parents’ tribute books. Olivia Savoie helped me in so many ways. I had a wonderful experience in reliving their past, and so will my boys and grandchildren."