Do You Do Something Unique and Fascinating?


Would you like to tell your story for a book?

The aim of the book:

Simply to tell the stories.

What counts as unique and fascinating?

Something other people find riveting. Something unusual. Either something you do or something that happened to you.

Stories I have so far:

A young woman who rides freight trains
A young man who interprets for Spanish speaking people in emergency medical situations
A young woman whose near-death experience changed her life

The procedure:

I will listen to your story via telephone or Skype and record it. Then I will transcribe it and make it into a readable story, using your words. You will look at the story and approve it or suggest changes. The book will consist largely of such stories.

Confidentiality:

I will not reveal your identity, unless you wish to be known. Your name will not appear in the book. Identifying information in your story will be changed to protect your identity. You retain the right to approve your story before the book goes to an agent or publisher. I will give this confidentially pledge to you in writing and sign it.

Interested?

Write me with a brief description of your unique thing. I will write you back. If I want to interview you, we will set a time to talk via telephone or Skype.

Contact information:

Prof. Cliff Williams: cwilliam@tiu.edu
Department of Philosophy, 2065 Half Day Road, Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL 60015

About the editor:

I am a college professor. I did a similar book about hoboes: One More Train to Ride: The Underground World of Modern American Hoboes, published by Indiana University Press in 2003, and I am currently doing an interview book about people who have attempted suicide.

What’s in it for you?

You get to see your story in print. You get the satisfaction of contributing to a book that pictures unique and fascinating slices of life.

Schedule:

I expect to be collecting stories for the next year or two. It is now March 2, 2013.