Local author's business Raconteur Story Writing Services preserves family memories

Posted at 8:18 AM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 10:27:32-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — "I've always loved to write and I've always loved history," said Olivia Spallino Savoie, founder of Raconteur Story Writing Services.

Savoie says she thought she knew her loved ones, then she started writing down their stories.

"I realized even though I had spent so much time with them growing up, I didn't know about their young married years, I didn't know about what they did with their parents on Sunday afternoons. I just didn't know so much," she said, "I started to write my grandmother's memoir and then I thought 'Other families need this. It meant so much to my family.'"

She turned her love of writing into a business. She makes house calls, sits down a few hours at a time and starts at the beginning.

"What's your earliest memory," she said.

Savoie says she asks more than 200 hundred questions, digs through old pictures and re-discovers the dormant.

"Sometimes they are naturally a storytellers, they love it. And sometimes they're more reserved. They think they don't have that much to say but it always turns out they have so much to say," she said.