Kevin Quirk

I’ve always enjoyed writing people’s stories. During 12 years as a journalist, I would often interview an interesting person for a day, or even an hour, and then write an engaging profile about them. After I left journalism, I discovered a new challenge: writing about myself. Using journals to record my dreams, recapture childhood memories, and explore an early life transition, I began to appreciate the many benefits of writing about our lives.

Author & Ghostwriter

My first book NOT NOW, HONEY, I’M WATCHING THE GAME (Simon & Schuster) was featured on ABC’s 20/20, National Public Radio, Redbook, the Washington Post and more than 100 other media forums. This first-of-a-kind guide for the spouses of “sportshaolics” led me to other professionals needing help with their books in religion & spirituality, self improvement, business, politics, health, and popular culture. But more and more, people were turning to me with one major goal: to help them tell their life story.

Life-Writing Specialty

I began teaching my Writing Your Life Story classes and launched my professional ghostwriting service – Life is a Book. As personal historian or ghostwriter of memoirs and autobiographies, I have assisted clients from California to Massachusetts, as well as Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, and Brazil. Every day I am reminded how there may be nothing more powerful than telling our stories and putting them together. As one client told me, “You are like the weaver of a lovely quilt.”

YOUR LIFE IS A BOOK – AND IT’S TIME TO WRITE IT is the title of my recently published guidebook on writing your memoir or autobiography. Here’s what a few readers have said about the lessons and tips that I provide:

  • “Kevin Quirk really knows how to motivate a person to write his memoirs!  He gives us so many ideas as well as the tools to do it.”
  • “Kevin is encouraging and illuminating, and he keeps you focused.”
  • “Learning the many techniques Kevin taught will enhance my life story.”
  • “Kevin Quirk has a talent for making anyone feel comfortable enough to really produce the stories they want to tell.”

Brace for Impact

Usually, clients contact me to write their stories, but sometimes I see a story that I just have to tell myself. That happened on January 15, 2009 when Captain Sully Sullenberger issued that calm command to “brace for impact” seconds before his heroic landing. I wanted to know how all those passengers got out alive, and how this stirring event would impact their lives. So I reached out to 25 survivors and became co-author of BRACE FOR IMPACT: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life.

Here’s what Jack Canfield, Co-Creator of the New York Times bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, said about our book: “Brace for Impact is one of those books that reminds us that life can be made better, by our own awareness and our own choices. Twenty-five people became better people after their ‘Miracle on the Hudson.’ Reading their stories and the positive themes woven throughout this book remind us that we can all become more grateful, have more faith, love more fully, and live lives of meaning.” Renewed interest in our book was recently stirred by the hit movie “Sully” with Tom Hanks.

Personal & Professional Background

I earned a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University in 1976 and an M.A. in English (Writing) from the University of New Hampshire in 1988. I’m a member of two professional writers’ organizations:

In addition to my writing degrees, I earned a Masters in Spiritual Psychology and formerly maintained a part-time counseling practice, providing me an added appreciation for our life’s journey. After growing up in central Massachusetts, I lived in Vermont, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California, and New York before settling in Charlottesville, Virginia with my wife Krista and son Aibek. As well as writing autobiographies, I also assist other authors with nonfiction books designed to make a difference in our lives and in our world through my service Your Book Ghostwriter