Hi! I'm Kelly.

As a writer, I've always been interested in family stories. When I heard of a Satanic cult in my family tree, I thought I'd found the story of a lifetime. Read more.

Give Thanks for Family Stories with StoryCorps "Great Listen"

Give Thanks for Family Stories with StoryCorps "Great Listen"

Make this Thanksgiving more meaningful by taking part in StoryCorp's "Great Listen 2015." 

You don't even have to leave home. Just download the free StoryCorp mobile app and use it to record interviews with family members this Thanksgiving. Then upload recordings to the StoryCorps archive at the Library of Congress, or simply save them for your own family records.

The StoryCorps app contains a helpful guide and sample interview questions organized by people and topics. I wish I'd had it when doing family interviews for my memoir, The Skeleton Club. One day I hope to share those family interviews with my children and grandchildren, so they can hear firsthand accounts about the lives of their ancestors.

And a book recommendation...

If you like documenting family history but don't want to use a mobile app, or just want more inspiration, check out the book "Legacy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Personal History" by Linda Spence. I used it during my writing and interviewing process and I've found it enormously helpful. I even handed it out to family members, hoping they'd write down their own family stories. Buy a few copies for Black Friday, and maybe you'll get a few stories in return.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Researching Mysterious Family Legends

Researching Mysterious Family Legends

The Book Trailer is Here!

The Book Trailer is Here!