What's a Raconteur?

rac·on·teur
/ˌräˌkänˈtər/

A person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way; a storyteller; a narrator

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Raconteur

Meet Olivia

Co-founder / Life Story Writer / Chief Editor

Olivia Savoie grew up in the South, surrounded by incredible storytellers. Grandparents, neighbors, and relatives shared captivating stories around the dinner table. Her grandmothers both spoke French as their native language and would sprinkle French words into their stories. They referred to story time as “Raconteur Time,” which meant “Storyteller Time.” 

After graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Arts in English and history, she knew that she wanted to find a career that blended her two passions. Then, her grandmothers made her remember a third passion: family stories. 

Raconteur was born out of the desire to preserve Olivia’s family’s stories. She interviewed her Mimi and Granny and became engulfed in their tales of childhood adventure, early married life, and overcoming obstacles. After the interviews, she wrote and published their life stories for her family to enjoy. 

And then she wondered if other families had access to this invaluable gift—if other families could open a book tomorrow or in 20 years and read about their beloved family members.

She writes life stories and works with the team that creates lasting family heirlooms. The stories Raconteur documents are breathtaking, beautiful, one-of-a-kind, and immeasurably important to families.   

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Meet Joshua

Co-Founder / Project Manager

Joshua Savoie, a native of South Carolina, graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Business Administration in both finance and management. After losing two grandparents unexpectedly, Joshua realized how little he knew about their life stories. Now, he is honored to help other families avoid his regret by capturing memories that would otherwise die with their owner. Joshua corresponds with our storytellers and their families, schedules interviews, and ensures our clients have smooth life story preservation journeys.

Meet Mary

Book Designer

Mary Karnath Duhé earned her Bachelor of Arts in history and Master of Arts in public history from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has been designing books since 2012 for the UL Press and since 2018 for Raconteur Story Writing Services. Laying out and designing life story books bridges her loves for history and design and allows her the opportunity to create gifts that will always be cherished.

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Meet Cortney

Life Story Writer

Cortney Delhomme graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in both psychology and percussion performance. While doing mission work in Naples, Italy, she began writing heavily. Upon returning to her home state of Louisiana after two years abroad, she taught high school English. She then earned a Master of Arts in English from UL. At Raconteur, she loves preserving stories that otherwise would be lost.

Meet Taylor

Proofreader

Taylor Girouard can’t remember a time when she wasn’t absolutely in love with reading. Over the years, she gravitated toward the grammar side of language. This Louisiana native is meticulous and detail-oriented, so the proofreading role fits her flawlessly. She especially loves proofreading life story books, finding it richly rewarding to achieve excellence in lasting family heirlooms.  

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