Roxanne Willis:
Award-Winning Author, Editor & Ghostwriter

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“Someday I should write my life story.” “I bet this story would make a great book.” “I’ve always wanted to publish a book.”

These are phrases that are often uttered, but rarely pursued. If you are considering the idea, however, you probably should write a book. Especially if you have had a unique and interesting life. If you want someone to do it for you, Roxanne Willis has experience ghostwriting or writing about others. If you want to try writing 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—a legacy worth much more than antiques or money. Anything is possible.

Have a topic that needs investigating? Roxanne knows how to research as well as write. She has experience doing interviews, searching for information online and in scrapbooks, and working in libraries and archives from Washington, D.C., to Nome, Alaska. She researched, written, and edited on a wide array of research topics for over a decade.

Memorable Books for Distinguished People

About Roxanne Willis

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

She has won awards for her ability to put facts together to tell a compelling story. She can write in many voices and for diverse audiences. Roxanne has worked as a researcher, writer, and editor for dozens of prestigious authors across the country.

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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