Many life writing projects need additional research to provide social context for the story. As one memoirist put it:
“Never take it for granted that anyone is familiar with what you are writing about. The people and the culture of your childhood are as foreign to some of the readers—children and grand children—as are the people and culture of Outer Mongolia. Context helps the reader understand what people did and why they did it. Setting—place, time, atmosphere—are essential if the reader is going to properly interpret the story. Details, details!”
As someone not intimately knowledgeable of the storyteller’s life, our interviewer/editor identifies areas where additional context would be helpful, conducts the necessary research, and incorporates it into the manuscript.