Writing your memoir

There is nothing more valuable to leave your loved ones than a record of your life. Writing a memoir or autobiography allows you to highlight the events, ideas and values that you want remembered most. It will be something your family will treasure for generations.

Putting your life on paper can feel overwhelming: Where to start? What to include? What if I can’t remember? Working with an author who has experience writing life stories can make all the difference. This partner in your project can help by asking the right questions, highlighting the key turning points, and organizing your stories into a compelling narrative that you can be proud of.


A memoir co-written by Jane Constantineau and her dad, Jack Hood Vaughn: Kill the Gringo

Published by Rare Bird Books.  Nominated for a Foreword INDIES award for best memoir/autobiography of 2017.

Read an excerpt from Kill the GringoRead a review of Kill the Gringo in the Arizona Daily Star.

Watch Jane talk about Jack’s life on San Diego’s NBC 7.

Check out an op-ed by Jane on the importance of ambassadors in tumultuous political times.

 Praise for Kill the Gringo

“Jane Constantineau took up the unfinished manuscript and filled in the details and context missing from her father’s colorful account. Together they produced a fine read for anyone with an interest in U.S. history and an ear for a story well-told.”

Arizona Daily Star

“…engaging eyewitness history….and a textbook for those seeking a career in public service. You must admire a man whose career advice included, ‘I often say it’s a gift to be fired at least once,’ and ‘it is always better to be rumored to work for the CIA than to actually be employed there.’”

“To [Constantineau’s] credit, Vaughn’s distinctive voice and sense of humor remain.”

Kirkus Reviews


Share your stories or capture the memories of a cherished relative—write a memoir

If you would like my help writing a life story, explore this site and contact me. I can write your story with you based on interviews and documents that you provide, or edit a story or book that you have already written.  Learn more about the process.