A person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way; a storyteller; a narrator
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.
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.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in philosophy from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s in philosophy from Ohio State University, and another Master’s in library and information science from LSU. Emily is the author of two novels, Louisiana Saves the Library and Ava’s Place, and has worked as both a reporter and a features writer. As a life story writer, she is fascinated by the people she encounters and the stories she is privileged to preserve for their loved ones.
Cheré is an award-winning journalist and author living in Lafayette, Louisiana. A native of New Orleans, Cheré began her career in communications at the 1984 World’s Fair. She has written for or currently writes for magazines such as Variety, TravelAge West, AAA, Forbes, and many other publications and blogs. She has also authored more than a dozen novels and history books. Despite her diverse writing capabilities, she is especially enthusiastic about life story writing. Cheré has worked with countless people to capture their stories by teaching life story classes, editing manuscripts, and now, by joining the Raconteur team.
Valerie Andrews is an editor living in the greater New Orleans area. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in
journalism from Northwestern State University and a Master of Journalism from LSU. She has
worked extensively in PR and advertising, as well as held editorial positions for two magazines and
faculty positions at various universities. She has been published in textbooks, academic journals, and
national and regional magazines. Valerie is honored to be part of the process of documenting life
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.
Abby Meaux Conques is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana who holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass
communications and advertising and a Master of Arts in creative writing. A graphic designer with 16
years of experience, she loves weaving her penchant for design with storytelling. Although she was
always intrigued by stories of human connection and believed that every family's story holds points
of interest and captivation, after losing her father unexpectedly in 2019, she gained an even deeper
appreciation for the art of storytelling and memory documentation. She is honored to have a hand in
the process of crafting other families' legacy books.
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.