Ghostwriting, Collaboration, and Memoirs

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Ghostwriter and Collaborator, Cheryl Ricker

Last week’s episode with Linda S. Clare on Lit Up with Angela Breidenbach opened the door for part 2 this week as  Cheryl Ricker joins Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, to talk about ghostwriting memoirs with the person whose story needs to be told. Tips on ghostwriting, how to collaborate on the story, and how to tell the story using plot points rather than the day-by-day. This episode is a perfect dovetail off of last week’s Writing Memoir topic. Memoir is a tough genre to write even if you’re a trained author. What if you aren’t? What does a contract look like for collaborators? How do you get to the nitty gritty of the story and transfer that to the page for the reader? Listen to Lit Up with Angela Breidenbach episode 37.

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About Angela’s guest: Cheryl Ricker has a degree in Creative Writing from York University in Toronto, Canada, and studied Theology at Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX. She has written or contributed to six books. She ghostwrote and collaborated on two memoirs:

Books Mentioned:

Rush of Heaven: One Woman’s Miraculous Encounter with Jesus (Zondervan)

This miraculous encounter is more than an inspiring, compelling story that will capture your attention. It is an unforgettable rush of truth that will open your heart to find lasting joy and peace, no matter what you’re going through. You will see your life from a whole new hope-filled perspective.


Josiah’s Fire: Autism Stole his words, God gave him a Voice (BroadStreet). Autism stole his words, God gave him a voice.
First-time parents Joe and Tahni Cullen were thrust into the confusing world of autism when their toddler, Josiah, suddenly lost his ability to speak, play, and socialize. The diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder. In their attempts to see Josiah recover and regain speech, the Cullens underwent overwhelming physical, emotional, and financial struggles. While other kids around him improved, Josiah only got worse.

Five years later, Josiah, who had not been formally taught to read or write, suddenly began to type on his iPad profound paragraphs about God, science, history, business, music, strangers, and heaven. Josiah’s eye-opening visions, heavenly encounters, and supernatural experiences forced his family out of their comfort zone and predictable theology, catapulting them into a mind-blowing love-encounter with Jesus.

The Good Gift Giver: 21 Days of Blessings

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Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach, a show for creatives and those who want to know what makes them tick!
Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach, a new show for creatives and those who want to know what makes them tick!

About Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She’s the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also.

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach

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Angela’s memoir is Gems of Wisdom: The Treasure of Experience

 Written to help women become courageous, become who God meant them to be, and become a woman of confidence.


Published by Angela Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach is an author, genealogist, screenwriter, speaker, and radio personality.