Whether it concerns a research project, a company history, or a personal memoir, a story can be big and unwieldy, with many moving parts and tangled logical threads. In these examples, my clients came to me with brilliant story ideas. I helped them transform those good ideas into compelling books.

With Grit and By Grace: Breaking Trails in Politics and Law.

By Betty Roberts with Gail Wells.

In the 1950s, Betty Roberts did what most of her contemporaries considered audacious and inappropriate when she returned to college as a 32-year-old wife and mother. This was only the start of Roberts’ lifetime commitment to overcoming obstacles to women’s equality. With Grit and By Grace follows Betty Roberts’ rise from a Depression-era childhood on the Texas plains to become a teacher, lawyer, state legislator, candidate for governor, and eventually Oregon’s first woman Supreme Court Justice. In this memoir, Justice Roberts reflects on her role as a mother, wife, and political trailblazer. Her story is important to the history of women’s struggles to challenge prevailing stereotypes, but it is also a deeply personal story of a life sometimes stark, sometimes humorous, often exhausting, and always brightened with friendships and family.

Toward One Oregon: Rural-Urban Interdependence and the Evolution of a State.

By Michael Hibbard, Ethan Seltzer, Bruce Weber, and Beth Emshoff.

When Oregon became a state in 1859, its role in the nation and the global economy was quite different than it is today. Boundaries that made sense in the nineteenth century don’t always serve twenty-first century needs productively. Current times demand a new, strategic understanding of the state and its role in the nation and the world if its people—all of its people—are to thrive. Toward One Oregon examines the prospects for uniting one geographically diverse state in the years ahead.

Partnerships for Empowerment: Participatory Research for Community-based Natural Resource Management.

Participatory research has emerged as an approach to producing knowledge that is sufficiently grounded in local needs and realities to support community-based natural resource management (CBNRM), and it is often touted as crucial to the sustainable management of forests and other natural resources. This book analyses the current state of the art of participatory research in CBNRM. Its chapters and case studies examine recent experiences in collaborative forest management, harvesting impacts on forest shrubs, watershed restoration in Native American communities, civic environmentalism in an urban neighborhood, and other topics.