Roxanne Willis
Award-Winning Author, Editor & Ghostwriter

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“I should really write my life story.” “I bet this topic would make a great book.” “I’ve always wanted to be a published author.”

These are phrases that are often uttered, but rarely pursued. If you are considering writing a book, however, your should! And you don’t have to do it alone. If you need an author, Roxanne Willis has experience ghostwriting, writing nonfiction, and creating biographies and memoirs. If you want to author something yourself, Roxanne can be your coach, your editor, and your guide to publication.

Roxanne has written or ghostwritten books for prominent, busy, and private people. Some clients want bestsellers. Others simply want to leave life stories for their families—an inheritance more valuable than antiques or money. Still others have a topic that they want someone to research and write about. With Willis Writing, anything is possible.

Roxanne has created compelling stories from many kinds of sources. She has experience doing interviews, searching for information online, and deciphering scrapbooks and personal papers. She has also visited libraries all over North America, from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to the Iñupiat Heritage Center in Utqiagvik, Alaska.

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About Roxanne Willis

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Roxanne Willis grew up in a small town in northeastern Wisconsin. She received an A.B. in Anthropology, summa cum laude, from Harvard University in 1997. She received a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 2006. Roxanne completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard University Center for the Environment in 2008. In addition to her experience in higher education, Roxanne has worked in the private sector, for nonprofits, and in the healthcare field.

As an author, Roxanne has won awards for her ability to put facts together to tell a compelling story. As a developmental editor, she has helped writers publish over 25 books, many of which went on to win their own awards. Roxanne frequently gives presentations on nonfiction topics and has been invited to speak to professors about how to improve their writing.

Feel free to contact Roxanne with any questions, even if you are just in the dreaming phase of your project. She is happy to brainstorm and offer advice, with no obligation on your part.

Roxanne lives and works near Chicago, Illinois.


“Roxanne’s insight and advice provided the spark my book project needed. Roxanne was an advocate for me as a writer. I’m forever grateful for her work.”

D.M., African Scholar

“Roxanne’s ability to master the details of any topic in an amazingly short time makes her an ideal author. She is a skilled researcher and was immensely helpful in uncovering the material I needed to complete my book.”

C.P., Memoir Author

“Roxanne’s talent as a writer is beyond what I expected. She can magically transform random facts into a story that is both clear and beautiful. Not to mention, she has a great personality and is fun to work with.”

G.B., Visual Artist

“Hiring Roxanne stands as the single best decision I made during the long journey of bringing my book to press. Not only is my book better because of Roxanne, but I’m happier because I know someone with her talent is on my team.”

B.H., Theater Critic

“I was very pleased with Roxanne’s services. I felt that she gave excellent suggestions and adapted quickly to my requests. I also liked that she gave warm words of support when I was feeling overwhelmed.”

A.B., Ivy League Professor

“I found Roxanne’s experience in writing for a broad audience, her talent with language, and her expertise in editing of great value when writing my book. I recommend her enthusiastically.”

L.B., Scientist

“Roxanne has consistently impressed me with her knowledge and her amazing capacity to communicate. I admired her dedication to her craft, her passion, and her friendly professionalism.”

K.F., Publisher


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