Life is funny.
Your memoir should be, too.

You want a ghostwriter to pen a memoir that reflects your thoughts and feelings, life story, and philosophy.

It would be a dream come true if that amazing memoir could be finished in six months and take very little effort from you.


My name is Ruby Peru.
I’m a ghostwriter, and I’m here to write your memoir.

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I am the very best at what I do for one simple reason: I’m the only ghostwriter working for the public who uses a humorous writing style to heighten and explore the events of your life.

I don’t write stand-up routines.

I don’t write jokes.

My memoirs entertain with an easy-going, novel-like style that brings out the best in your personality. This style is also termed “narrative nonfiction.” I use humorous writing because it keeps readers reading, and it’s the most natural style for me. In fact, I consider this humorous writing style a strength of mine—a unique take on the world that few other biographers have mastered.

Events of the past can’t be changed, yet how we look at those events can. By taking a lighthearted view of life’s ups and downs, we insulate ourselves from the tendency to let triumphs go to our heads and failures, to our hearts. That said, I don’t know of another biographer or ghostwriter working for the public who exhibits my unique understanding of irony and playfulness. This style elevates the meaning of each scene, enabling readers to laugh even as they cry.


I’ve cowritten or ghostwritten more than twenty memoirs, and if you’ll allow me, I’m ready to offer memoir help by honing the poignant, powerful, and hilarious moments of your life into a focused story.

Writing this book with Ruby has enabled me to be honest about my lifelong struggle with dyslexia. Her research also taught me some of the benefits of dyslexia, so I learned a lot along the way. Most importantly, I’ve been told my book inspires others, and that means so much!

Larry Vaughn
Business Cards and Shoe Leather

Writing this book with Ruby has enabled me to be honest about my lifelong struggle with dyslexia. Her research also taught me some of the benefits of dyslexia, so I learned a lot along the way. Most importantly, I’ve been told my book inspires others, and that means so much!

Larry Vaughn
Business Cards and Shoe Leather

I’ve had clients ask me to craft their memoirs with styles like:

  • David Sedaris
  • John Krakauer
  • Tobias Wolff
  • Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Cheryl Strayed
  • Glennon Doyle Melton
  • Jeanette Walls
  • PG Wodehouse
  • Daniel Silva

Together, we can look at these writers’ styles and find aspects of them to incorporate into your memoir, combining different elements to create a style that’s all your own.

As a ghostwriter or co-writer, the memoir-writing style I typically use is called “narrative nonfiction.” That means your memoir features the suspense, interesting characters, and complex plot elements of a novel, yet it’s telling a true story—the story of your life.


What style to do you have in mind?

I always knew that I’ve had unique life experiences, which could be hard to capture because my journey has been a very long one. When I met Ruby here in NYC, I instantly sensed her talent as a writer, and she captured my journey and life experiences. Now, I am publishing a book with the most prestigious publisher: Knopf A. Alfred / Random House Kids. Thank you my friend, Ruby.

Ger Duany
actor, UNHCR goodwill ambassador, author: Walk Toward the Rising Sun, published by Knopf

I always knew that I’ve had unique life experiences, which could be hard to capture because my journey has been a very long one. When I met Ruby here in NYC, I instantly sensed her talent as a writer, and she captured my journey and life experiences. Now, I am publishing a book with the most prestigious publisher: Knopf A. Alfred / Random House Kids. Thank you my friend, Ruby.

Ger Duany
actor, UNHCR goodwill ambassador, author: Walk Toward the Rising Sun, published by Knopf

Being a Ghostwriter is a Calling

All our lives, we seek truth and meaning. We delve deep into life’s mysteries to form unique viewpoints and philosophies, then we feel deeply compelled to share what we’ve discovered. However, many folks just don’t have the writing ability to make themselves understood. That’s where I come in, as your ghostwriter.


Everyone has the Right to be Understood.

My job is to learn about the experiences that led to your conclusions, philosophies, and beliefs, and then to write a memoir that helps the public understand who you are and how you got to be that way. In this way, a memoir celebrates your life’s triumphs as well as its failures and reveals the person you’ve become.

I studied my craft with masters such as best-selling novelist David Foster Wallace, the celebrated novelist Kurt Vonnegut, award-winning memoirist Thom Jones, actor Alan Arkin, and New York Quarterly founder William Packard. From these brilliant teachers I learned how characters change and grow through the transformative moments they experience. Each of my mentors coached me in using humor, dialogue, and description to make stories come alive.

I’d like to pass on my coaching system, which really teaches kids the meaning of teamwork. Ruby helped me do that in a way that’s fun to read and also very informative about coaching, baseball culture, and the changing culture of California high schools, as well. Hopefully, one day, the true spirit of teamwork will return to baseball. This book might help, so thanks for listening, Ruby.

Ron Standard
Just Call Me Coach

I’d like to pass on my coaching system, which really teaches kids the meaning of teamwork. Ruby helped me do that in a way that’s fun to read and also very informative about coaching, baseball culture, and the changing culture of California high schools, as well. Hopefully, one day, the true spirit of teamwork will return to baseball. This book might help, so thanks for listening, Ruby.

Ron Standard
Just Call Me Coach

My Clients

Those who hire a ghostwriter know they have dramatic stories to tell and important reasons for setting them down on paper. For my clients, I’ve written:

  • prison memoirs
  • business memoirs
  • political memoirs
  • coming-of-age memoirs
  • spiritual memoirs
  • war memoirs
  • rags-to-riches memoirs
  • child soldier memoirs
  • business and financial advice books
  • self help and personal development books
  • and many more

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Ruby, you listened, really listened, and told my story back to me in a way that was insightful but also really entertaining. Sometimes I laughed and cried on the same page. Having you tell my story as an epic romance, which it really was, made me feel like everything I have been through was for a reason.

Martin Kraidin
Broken Contract: A Love Story

Photo of Martn Kraidin

Ruby, you listened, really listened, and told my story back to me in a way that was insightful but also really entertaining. Sometimes I laughed and cried on the same page. Having you tell my story as an epic romance, which it really was, made me feel like everything I have been through was for a reason.

Martin Kraidin
Broken Contract: A Love Story

You don’t have to be famous to hire a ghostwriter or to write a successful memoir people will want to read.

Sure, some fans of memoir are drawn to the life stories of the rich and famous, but just as many readers seek out the interesting life stories of ordinary people. For example, all the following memoirists earned accolades for their great memoirs and skilled writing alone, not because of any previous fame:

  • Beverly Donofrio
  • Mary Karr
  • David Sedaris
  • Jon Krakauer
  • Tobias Wolff
  • Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Cheryl Strayed
  • Glennon Doyle Melton
  • Jeannette Walls
  • Joan Didion
  • Maxine Hong Kingston

Shall I go on? Here’s proof that you don’t have to be a famous movie star, corporate leader, or political figure to write a successful memoir. True stories are intrinsically interesting.

Ruby, I feel like you really understand my Arabic-speaking voice. The coarseness. And I’m very blunt. You got that. These chapters sound just like the way I would write if English was my first language, instead of the third. And you really bring across the way we live, always in the moment, always celebrating. That’s a very Lebanese thing.

Elie Nakouzi
TV news anchor, producer, CEO, author of a four-book memoir

Ruby, I feel like you really understand my Arabic-speaking voice. The coarseness. And I’m very blunt. You got that. These chapters sound just like the way I would write if English was my first language, instead of the third. And you really bring across the way we live, always in the moment, always celebrating. That’s a very Lebanese thing.

Elie Nakouzi
TV news anchor, producer, CEO, author of a four-book memoir

I’d love to bring your true story to the book shelves.

Ruby, I just went off! I said everything on my mind, everything from my heart, and you took those ideas from raw recordings to organized chapters. You treated my experience of coming up from nothing with a lot of love, and wrote a book with great insight.

Charles Major
Become a Mogul

Ruby, I just went off! I said everything on my mind, everything from my heart, and you took those ideas from raw recordings to organized chapters. You treated my experience of coming up from nothing with a lot of love, and wrote a book with great insight.

Charles Major
Become a Mogul

Co-writing a Memoir

More and more, clients choose to engage me as a co-writer, rather than as a secret ghostwriter. There are several reasons why this benefits clients, but the main one is that I have my own following based upon my novel Bits of String Too Small to Save, my co-releases Business Cards and Shoe Leather, with Larry Vaughn, and Money Isn’t Everything. Everything is Money with Tom Shepard, and other titles. Sharing credit can help clients find more readers and book buyers, if they wish.

My childhood during the war was magical, horrible, heroic, and not really a childhood at all. Early on, I learned to laugh at the most horrible things, because how else can you live? Ruby wrote a book that made people understand my dark sense of humor.

Dao Chien
Burning Bright

My childhood during the war was magical, horrible, heroic, and not really a childhood at all. Early on, I learned to laugh at the most horrible things, because how else can you live? Ruby wrote a book that made people understand my dark sense of humor.

Dao Chien
Burning Bright

The Process of Writing a Memoir

Month One: The Interview

We’ll begin the writing process with interviews. While recording our sessions, I’ll ask you to talk about the events of your life you wish to include in the memoir; then, I’ll ask for more. It’s important for me to know the events that built up to the decisions you made, so we’ll go back in time and talk about each important decision that led to a dramatic outcome. You may also feel free to share any written material or journals you have.

As your ghostwriter, I’ll also ask for details of the people in your life that are characters in your story. Some will be major characters in the memoir, while others play a lesser role. These things are determined by your preferences as well as the specific demands of an interesting and suspenseful plot. Typically, this information-gathering period lasts one month, where you’ll need to be available for thirty to forty hours of interviews, but after that, you can relax. I’ll take it from here!


Month Two: Timeline and Outline

The second month of the project, I’ll organize all the information I’ve gathered (hundreds of pages). I’ll transcribe the interview recordings and organize the information by subject matter. I’ll then create a timeline of events that shows the progression of your life, year by year, event by event. Next, I’ll write an outline for the book. Sometimes the book outline follows the timeline, but usually we use some tricks of the writing trade to make the memoir more interesting and suspenseful, such as:

  • Beginning in media res
  • Flashbacks
  • Highlighting conflict
  • Emphasizing interesting settings
  • Plot twists
  • Finding metaphorical parallels
  • Creating a mystery

Months Three through Five: Writing

For the next three months of the project, I’ll send you an eighty-page (20,000-word) segment of the manuscript at the end of each month. Clients sometimes make their edits as we go. Other times they wait until the editorial month.


The Final Month: Editing

Clients may participate in editing the manuscript a lot, a little, or not at all, as they choose. Some clients like to get in there and rewrite specific passages to make sure every chapter feels exactly like their own voice and vocabulary. Other times there are simple factual corrections that need to be made, but by this point, because we’ve planned so well, there are seldom many of those. Other clients have very few edits and prefer to simply leave this process to me, as I go over the manuscript once more with a fine-toothed comb. I’ll give the whole 240-page manuscript a final once-over and perform a final edit on the project by the end of month six. That’s how I write a full, publication-worthy memoir manuscript in six months. Finally, you have a manuscript ready for publication.

Ruby, This has been quite an adventure: spiritual, physical, emotional, and everything. I have a strong feeling we’ll be working together again on another book after this one makes the best seller’s list!

Durg Stan Singh
God’s Little Brother

Ruby, This has been quite an adventure: spiritual, physical, emotional, and everything. I have a strong feeling we’ll be working together again on another book after this one makes the best seller’s list!

Durg Stan Singh
God’s Little Brother

Working as a Publishing Liaison

I have been involved in publishing from every angle, from working as an editorial liaison at McGraw Hill to self publishing and marketing books myself. So, I know what your options are in the world of publishing. I don’t publish books, but I do know most of the ins and outs of that profession, so, rather than push clients through a cookie-cutter publication process (as many book writing/publishing mills do) I prefer to help clients figure out their specific publication goals and connect them to the right types of publishers for them. Meanwhile, I’ll write your back cover copy and book description, too, so you’ll be ready to use those, no matter which publishing style you choose.

If you are seeking commercial publication and would like my help, and if I feel your topic is something publishing agents might bite on, I’ll help you seek a publishing agent. But first, I’ll explain the positives and negatives of going this route, so your expectations, timeline, and need for control of the process are reasonable. I’ll also explain the full range of other options out there: self publishing, hybrid presses, independent presses, and the like. This type of publishing can be quite simple or complicated, depending upon your aspirations, and I can inform you as to what would be the best path for your goals and what to watch out for.

I’ll discuss how to work with book cover artists, book interior designers, and book marketers and be your liaison to these people so that the true theme of your book comes out in its ultimate design. I can help you navigate the world of independent publishers of all kinds as well as Amazon and IngramSpark self-publishing houses. Essentially, I will be your liaison to the world of indy publishing. Since I have no stake in the choices you make and no partnership with any of the freelancers or companies you use in this process, you can rest assured I’m just there to tell you the truth and make sure you stay safe and successful until you hold your beautiful book in your hands.

My brother and I were a couple of unsavory characters, growing up, but we had a hell of a lot of fun. Ruby brought out the fun and danger of growing up on the streets and in the back woods of the deep south. ‘Bama Blues could be the next great southern novel!

Carson Whit
Bama Blues

My brother and I were a couple of unsavory characters, growing up, but we had a hell of a lot of fun. Ruby brought out the fun and danger of growing up on the streets and in the back woods of the deep south. ‘Bama Blues could be the next great southern novel!

Carson Whit
Bama Blues

My Confidentiality Policy

The testimonials you see on this site are completely real, but to view my work, you’ll have to reach out to me directly at (505) 310-5546 or ruby@rubyperu.com.

Because I work with many clients in total confidentiality, I can only provide simulations of the books I’ve written on this website, not the actual book covers. However, certain clients have given permission for their ghostwritten or co-written memoirs to be viewed by potential clients, so I can share those with you upon request.

Ruby is really tapping into my sense of humor in writing this book and has definitely gotten what am looking for here. . . really fun!

Kim Whiteford
Wink and a Smile: True Stories of Online Dating

Ruby is really tapping into my sense of humor in writing this book and has definitely gotten what am looking for here. . . really fun!

Kim Whiteford
Wink and a Smile: True Stories of Online Dating

Biographer’s Fees

You want to get your memoir on bookstore shelves right away.

All you need to know is how much it will cost and when we can get started.

My standard fee is $50,000 for a 240-page memoir, finished in six months.

This is mid-price for a biographer. I’m certainly not the cheapest, but I’m less expensive than some of the ghostwriters charging “corporate rates.” At this price point, I tend to attract the most interesting clients and stories, which makes me love being a ghostwriter more and more every year.

Please call or email me right away for a free consultation where we’ll discuss your story, your unique needs, and the whole writing process.


My mission, as a ghostwriter, is to bring out the dramatic, funny, quirky, and meaningful moments of your life story.

This is how, together, we craft an incredible memoir.


Let’s Get the Ball Rolling!

I’d love to hear the story you’re burning to tell. Send me a quick message and we’ll set up a time for a phone chat!


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