Publications

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Storytelling

How to Write an Inspiring Memoir, Oral History, or Family Genealogy

In her new book, Kristin covers the features she has incorporated in the past 20-plus years for her clients, who include Oscar recipients and a Kennedy Center Honoree.

Kristin shows how she gathers stories from her celebrity clients and researches their history for custom-bound heirloom books, with clear guides on how to capture stories for memoirs about yourself, someone else in your family or your ancestors.

This book is meant to make writing a memoir fun and fairly easy and something anyone can do.

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“I just finished it. I loved it . . . easy read yet full of valuable information. This book could easily be retitled Storytelling For Dummies!! You did a great job.”
— Michael Fitzgerald
Additional Work

Smokey Robinson

by Duffy Jennings

“Write On”

Like many others around the country in 1970, I was a huge Motown fan, and the Miracles were performing in town, so I cajoled Daily Datebook editor John Stanley into letting me interview Robinson. After making arrangements with his publicist, I saw the show that night and then went to his hotel room the next morning. Smokey answered the door in a white terry bathrobe, invited me in and asked if I minded waiting while he excused himself for a quick shower. “Sure,” I said, trying to act nonplussed while I’m pinching myself that I’m in Smokey Robinson’s hotel room. A few moments later his unmistakable falsetto voice carries from the shower; he’s singing his most popular song to date:

I did you wrong, My heart went out to play,

But in the game I lost you, What a price to pay

I’m cryin’

Ooo baby baby

Here I was, a 22-year-old copyboy who’d wangled a freelance assignment with one of the most popular pop singers of the day and he’s singing in the shower. I wanted to call somebody and tell them but I couldn’t. It was like making a hole in one by yourself, with no one around to verify it.

When he finally came out to talk, he was polite, sincere and genuinely engaged in our conversation. It’s interesting to look back at his comments about race relations more than four decades ago and see how things have – or haven’t – changed.

I went back to the Chronicle and wrote the following, published April 1, 1970.

Oral Histories

Buena Vista Café

San Francisco’s landmark bar-restaurant famous for developing and serving the first Irish Coffee in the United States.

This history resulted in an extensive public relations packet.