#5 What Makes A Memoir Compelling – Ray Richmond

A memoir is a personal account of one’s life. It can be a portion of his or her life, or span many years. Memoirs are a wonderful way for us to understand someone else’s story. They give us a slice of history and can help us empathize and relate to people who might be celebrities, athletes, journalists, players in historical events or even every-day people with extraordinary stories. Lessons learned and the moments that shaped one’s life are often the goal in writing a memoir.  

Why should we read them? What makes a memoir compelling? And, who should write them and what should they know about the process? 

We’re talking to Ray Richmond. A professional journalist and author, he was also a television critic, columnist and reporter fora number of publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, the Los Angeles Daily News and more.  

His books includeThe Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family (1997), This isJeopardy!:Celebrating America’s Favorite Quiz Show (2004), TV Moms: An Illustrated Guide (2000) and My Greatest Day in Show Business(1999).He contributed to the book TheMoment as well. 

Ray is also the founder of Family Sleuth Memoirs. It is his belief that working with others on their memoirs might help change the world—for the better—as we know it. 

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