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When I wrote my first book about my grandfather more than 10 years ago, I started with a set of questions I planned to ask him. I called him on the phone and did an interview. The interview only lasted about 40 minutes. Those 40 minutes turned out to be the best conversation my grandfather and I ever had. The result was a book that is both a family heirloom, as well as the very book that founded this wonderful company.
Now, over 10 years later, I decided it was time for me to interview my mother. I planned a visit last August at her home in Los Angeles. We talked on the beach and in the restaurants we stopped at. This time I had printed and used our Heritage Makers “LIfe Story Map” to conduct my interview. How well do you think I knew her story? After all she is my business partner, my best friend, my mother. Well, I was amazing to discover I got the first three questions wrong…
“When where you born?”
“Where were you born?”
“What are your parent’s names?”
(I assumed for 30+ years my granny’s name was Ruth. My mother informed me my grandmother’s real name was Olga. You see, when Granny was dating a fellow he didn’t like the name Olga and introduced her as Ruth.)
There is so much we can learn from our parents and grandparents no matter how well we think we know them. As the holidays approach, I challenge each of you to interview a loved one.
Look at the Story Maps Heritage Makers has available for some great interview questions.
I have to admit…it feels a little “awkward” at first, sitting there with a paper and a pen, but give it time and the stories start to flow.
I am here to tell you that interviewing your loved ones is the best investment of time you can make. I promise that you will find yourself saying, “I never knew that.”
After the interview, Heritage Makers makes it easy for us to then create wonderful books about our loved ones. We can all create beautiful cornerstone storybooks that will bind our families, teach our children important values, and remind us about what really matters in life. These storybooks will become your family’s greatest treasures.
Oprah Selects Heritage Makers Storybooks as one of her All-Time Favorite Gifts
Heritage Makers storybooks appear on December 2008 O List
Provo, Utah – November 5, 2008 – Heritage Makers, the leader in personal publishing, today announced it has been chosen for Oprah’s exclusive O List of great gifts under $100 in the December 2008 edition of O, the Oprah Magazine. Appearing on the list below the headline “Oprah’s All-Time Favorite Gifts,” Heritage Makers storybooks are noted as a “beautiful” way to “Make History.”
Heritage Makers first received attention from Oprah Winfrey when one of its independent consultants, Brenda Kruse of Waterloo, Iowa, made a storybook celebrating the life of Oprah’s beloved dog, Gracie. Upon receiving this gift, Oprah was so touched that she personally called Brenda to thank her for the book. A few months later, magazine editors selected Heritage Makers as a featured gift for December.
“It’s an amazing honor to be featured in O Magazine,” said Chris Lee, CEO of Heritage Makers. “This recognition is a testament to the power of our personal publishing consultants. With thousands of consultants helping consumers turn their digital memories into story books, Heritage Makers offers a product and business opportunity that is unrivaled. In difficult economic times for families, a work-from-home opportunity to help others tell their stories is timely. And as Oprah shows us, Heritage Makers’ affordable products have the power to touch lives.”
Anyone can easily design hardbound, custom-cover, coffee-table-style storybooks in a variety of sizes with Heritage Makers’ web-based, personal publishing platform. Heritage Makers’ products are completely customizable with photos, journaling, and a wide array of background and embellishment art. With the guidance and expertise of a personal consultant, customers can begin with one of the hundreds of creative templates available, or they can design something beautiful from scratch. Individual scrapbook-style pages, calendars, posters and greeting cards are also available. Once a project is complete, customers can order unlimited copies of their projects and receive them within about a week.
To create one of Heritage Makers storybooks and other products, go to www.heritagemakers.com and open a free online account. Heritage Makers’ publishing platform runs on a Mac or PC. Heritage Makers enables anyone to preserve family stories, strengthen relationships, and build self-esteem with unique, creative and personalized heritage-building products.
To learn more about the storybook that Oprah received, visit www.heritagemakers.com . The December issue of O Magazine is now available on newsstands.
About the Company
Heritage Makers is a company and a community that believes in the power of strengthening family relationships through storybooks. Heritage Makers publishing platform is easy-to-use and simple enough to help anyone make a book-families, photographers, creative professionals, artists, writers, or anyone else with a story to tell. With Heritage Makers unique online publishing process, these stories can be preserved forever in custom hardbound books and related projects. In addition, Heritage Makers offers a unique income-building opportunity for its consultant sales force and anyone interested in binding families together.