The pandemic has seen a rise in people writing family biographies and thankfully there are some page-turning professionals on hand to help…
‘There’s no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” And if there’s one person who should know, it’s Maya Angelou. After all, the late poet and civil activist wrote seven autobiographies during her incredible life, one that inspired millions around the world.
While few can fathom such far-reaching influence, each of our stories – however seemingly small – is precious and deserves to be treasured. And perhaps now more than ever before, as the world reels from you-know-what, preserving those stories for generations to come has never been so important.
“I will forever regret not asking my beautiful grandmother more questions about her incredible life. I thought we had all the time in the world,” reflects Nick Boulos, award-winning writer and founder of boutique biography service Master Storytellers.
Of course, the idea of sharing important such recollections is nothing new, something that goes back to the very dawn of time when rugged cavemen etched pictures on scabrous walls.
A lot’s changed since those primitive days but stories remain at the very heart of humanity and while this strangest of years may well be remembered for Zoom quizzes and doorstep applauding, another trend has also been gathering pace.
“As we all reflect on what’s truly important in life, there has been a huge surge in people wishing to document their lives, both personal and professional, in a bid to preserve them for generations to come,” explains Nick.
Personal life stories put together by publishing pros
After two decades writing for the world’s most respected publications, including the Sunday Times and Washington Post, he started Master Storytellers to help ‘ordinary’ people tell their extraordinary tales.
From moving memoirs and alluring adventures to rousing romances and tear-jerking tributes, the family biographies concept is as impressive as it is innovative. Led by a handpicked stable of true publishing professionals, the fun begins with online interview sessions designed to be revelatory yet relaxed, much like talking to an old friend.
But this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. The journalists at Master Storytellers have chewed the fat with everyone from Madonna and Meryl Streep to Sirs Richard Branson and David Attenborough. Chapters are then carefully crafted by bestselling authors before every page is spruced up and polished perfectly by designers who spent years at Conde Nast, publisher of Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair.
And while we all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, why take the risk? You can even choose to have a celebrity photographer capture your portrait to ensure your story has style as well as substance. So, with all that in mind, there’s really only one question left to answer: what’s your story?
Master Storytellers can be contacted on 020 3951 8615
or visit: www.master-storytellers.com
This article appears in the winter edition of Premier Magazine