At Evalogue.Life we are a professional network of life story interviewers, writers, and coaches that help people tell their story. Our professionals offer oral history interviews; life story writing services including biographies, family histories, and memoirs; and one-on-one coaching. We also offer online classes to teach individuals how to preserve personal stories, and we mentor the professionals in our network to run successful independent businesses. If you are interested in joining a group or growing a life story business, please reach out because we are enrolling new cohorts.
A few organizations who have hired us:
We usually talk mostly about our family storytelling, but through the years we’ve had the privilege of working with some neat organizations and nonprofits on historic research, youth storytelling, national register nominations, coaching on books, and writing family business stories. Here we proudly share some the organizations who have hired us:
We’ve also had the honor to work on many book projects, some that have been published and others just for families. Our client interview list is extensive and we’ve done literally thousands of interviews combined during our careers.
Nice to Meet You
Rhonda Lauritzen, Founder/Writer
Rhonda has been telling stories since she was a young girl. She received a cassette recorder for Christmas when she was 10 years old and followed her six older brothers around constantly, asking questions. Now, those moments are held dear because they are the only recordings of her maternal grandparents’ voices. In 2007 her family history writing journey began with the story of her parents, which became her first book, Every Essential Element. Most recently she was the writing coach to Rob A. Gentile, author of the #1 bestseller, Quarks of Light – A Near-Death-Experience (What I saw that opened my heart).
Today, Rhonda Lauritzen is a professional biographer with multiple published books. She believes that when you tell your story, it changes the ending. This is why her passion is teaching, coaching clients, and presenting at conferences. As an author, she specializes in writing life stories, collecting oral history, and historical storytelling. Before she founded Evalogue.Life she served as a college Vice President and a CEO.
Rachel Trotter, Writer/ Senior Editor
Rachel has been telling stories since she could walk and talk. As a little girl, she would draw for hours and make up stories to go along with her artwork. Before coming to Evalogue.Life, she worked as a newspaper reporter for 17 years at Ogden’s local newspaper, The Standard-Examiner. She reported on heavy topics ranging from heated city elections to local school issues. But her love for writing about people’s life stories and their triumphs over tragedy captured her heart.
She loves family storytelling. A graduate of Weber State University, she has had articles featured on LDSLiving.com, lds.org, FamilySearch.org and Meridian Magazine. She has been a speaker at RootsTech, Weber State University Family History Conference, Conference on Family History at BYU and the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. She helps people tell and write their life stories and has written six life stories with several more in production. She has also helped several others write their own stories. She and her husband Mat have six children and she recently became a grandma! She and her family live on the East Bench in Ogden, Utah.
Milan Lauritzen, In-House
Milan is a professional in photo restoration and preservation. Really, he is a born artist who dabbles in every medium: photography, oils, sculpture, and even carpentry as he restored the 1890 Historic Victorian where our offices are located. His “dream job” after his youngest daughter was born was stay-at-home dad.
Milan’s philosophy is that every image should tell a story. He says, “It’s my firm belief that good art is something you would love to display on your wall and share with others. Art is life. Art is an expression. Art is a story.” Professionally, he specializes in the following work:
- Digital media services
- Photo restoration
- Photography services
- Video production
- Graphic design
Bruce Reimers, Australia Family History Consultant/Evalogue.Life’s Partner Down Under
Bruce lives in Australia and has been a passionate family history researcher for over thirty years. He loves researching additional information, recording interviews, and assisting Clients to compile the ‘pile of files and photos’ that most people gather over time into a professionally published book with an easy-to-follow content page and super helpful index pages.
Bruce has completed a Diploma of Family History at the University of Tasmania in Australia and his name was added to the 2019 Executive Dean’s Honour Roll for the School of Arts, Law, and Education. This Diploma covered many subjects but the subject that was of most interest to Bruce was Oral History. He says, “Future generations will be brought to tears at the sound of their Great Great Grandparent’s voices telling their own personal stories. This experience is truly priceless for all involved.” Contact Bruce at Bruce@FamilyTreeSearch.com.au if you have family members in Australia or see his work at www.FamilyTreeSearch.com.au.
Esai Arasi, Content Writer/Marketing Consultant
Esai is a tech-savvy content writer and marketing consultant from Chennai, India. She specializes in creating business strategies for entrepreneurs, especially those who offer courses and memberships sites. Currently, she is working with clients from 4 continents and 7 countries, and loving it! She has a special heart for the work at Evalogue.Life and is helping lay foundations for future growth.
Having been a storyteller since the age of 3, she also loves writing and has been a participant of NaNoWriMo since 2007. She is an MBA graduate with multiple certifications in the online education industry including LinkedIn Thought Leader, Experience Product Specialist, and Conversion Copywriter.
You can connect with her on LinkedIn here: https:/linkedin.com/in/esaiarasi
Eva Barnett, Administrative Assistant/Staff Writer
Eva is a Bolivian-American author, singer-songwriter, and visual artist from Davis, CA. Since junior high, she has been jotting uplifting song lyrics and musings in the margins of her homework or whatever spare paper she could find. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Performing Arts at Southern Virginia University, but now calls Utah home where she homeschools her three wonderful kids, sings, and writes.
After publishing a personal essay about her dear, terminally ill father, in My Dad Is My Hero: Tributes to the Men Who Gave Us Life, Love, and Driving Lessons, Eva knew she wanted to share more of her story. She went on to write two self-help memoirs reflecting on her battles with anxiety and depression, Think Yourself Healthy and Learning to Smile Again: 5 Simple Steps Toward Joy. Today Eva keeps a blog that’s been a creative outlet for over a decade where she shares encouraging insights inspired by everyday moments. Whatever the medium, her work is centered on the themes of optimism and family. Eva says, “Telling your story is healing and hope-inducing.” She feels honored to be part of the team at Evalogue.Life where she can help others find the resources to tell their stories too.
Interested in what we do?
In 2020 as our growth began to outpace personal capacity, we made a strategic decision to begin mentoring other professionals. In this way, we can share how we have created a thriving oral history/writing business without having to take on the complexity of hiring and managing each project. In essence, we open the books and teach exactly how we do it. We are passionate about the importance of this work, and want to help as many people as possible preserve their stories. Teaching is the best way we can further the cause without doing everything ourselves.
We invite you to preview our next professional interviewing course:
Click here to preview it and see the next start date for our professional class: https://learning.evalogue.life/courses/professional-interviewing-bundle
Currently, over 60 percent of the students who take this course continue with our ongoing mentoring membership.