Contact Us:
tel: 1-800-864-9152

New Release:
"Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Pioneer Stories 1890-1950"
Read More

Mary Hatt. Writer, editor, interviewer

 I’m a associate based in London, Ontario. I am also a member of the Association of Personal Historians. As an experienced professional journalist who thoroughly enjoys listening to people and writing their stories, I’m happy to apply these interests to the business of helping you prepare your personal memoir or corporate history.
When you tell your personal or family story — or the story of a business you’ve built over the years — you bring memories to life and create a special legacy. These stories are living histories that become family treasures to pass down the line. A personal history truly is a gift that keeps on giving.

With the assistance of, most people find the process of writing their stories or corporate histories to be very enjoyable. In a relaxed interview format, I lead you through a series of recorded conversations. This is an opportunity for you to relive special memories and reflect upon the twists and turns your life has taken. Then I prepare a manuscript written in your own words. I can also help you organize and select pictures and diary and journal entries to be included in your published story.

 “Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.” These are words of wisdom that I hope will inspire you to think about preserving your personal or corporate history. It always amazes me how exploring the past deepens the understanding of our lives today. 

My training as an interviewer and writer began at the University of Western Ontario where I studied journalism, graduating with an M.A. Now, after many years of writing for a living, I can confidently say that everyone has a story worth telling.

I look forward to hearing from you. Call me at 519-672-9204 or email me
at and we can arrange a free, no obligation meeting.

"Without Philip's help, I could never have written and published my memoirs. Not only is the finished product much better than I ever could have imagined, but the whole process was very rewarding. Philip and his team are professional in every sense of the word, and I benefited first hand from his intuitive editing skills - his ability to rearrange a passage with skill and subtlety without sacrificing anything of the narrative. And all done with a lightness and humour that makes working together pure fun.

"He also taught me the satisfaction of discipline and deadlines! Now that the book is completed, there will be a sad silence at 10.00 p.m., when we had most of our working conversations - I'm a night owl and that's my prime time! Thank you, dear Philip!"

- Joyce Bryant, CM, BEM, author of Slender Threads.


Sample Publications



Read More... provides a broad range of services in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. These include freelance editor, freelance writer, ghost writer, publication design, book design, personal historian, transcription services, memoirs, family history, corporate history, life stories, biographies, autobiographies. Lifewriters is a member of the Association of Personal Historians and the Editors' Association of Canada.