Your Life Tales

    Your Life is a Story: How Might You Tell It?

“Life is filled with many 

memorable stories, just waiting 

to be told and shared."

Anne Middleton launched her personal histories business, Your Life Tales, after retiring in 2011 from a 40-year career in journalism, public relations, fundraising and teaching.

Since becoming a certified Guided Autobiography (GAB) instructor in 2011, Anne has taught introductory and advanced Guided Autobiography/Life Storybook workshops in 

San Diego and Orange counties; and north Lake Tahoe, where she spends the summer and fall. Anne lives in San Diego during the winter and spring.

Anne obtained a master’s degree in print journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1987, and then worked for several years as a newspaper reporter. Throughout her varied careers, Anne’s strongest passion was getting to know and write about other people's lives. Thus it was a natural transition for her to concentrate on her love of journalism in her retirement.

In 2009, Anne wrote her first life storybook, “Middie’s Memoirs,” which chronicled the life of her father, Arthur Warner "Middie" Middleton. The impetus for this book was a ledger her paternal grandmother used to track the family's expenses from 1930-1945. Subsequent

personal histories include "Our 20 Kraemer Cousins -- featuring #2 Stevie Brennan," "Happy '85' Birthday, Ed (Barthold)," and most recently, “From Teacher Incognito to Fundraiser by the Sea,” which highlights Anne's job experiences from 1972-2011. These books can be previewed at or on the "Samples" page of this website.