Nancy Dorman-Hickson

Nancy Dorman-Hickson
Diplomacy and Diamonds: My Wars from the Ballroom to the Battlefield, The Real-Life Texas Socialite Behind Charlie Wilson’s War
Nancy Dorman-Hickson is the co-author of Joanne King Herring’s memoir.

Jacket description about Herring and the book:

She’s been dirt poor; she’s been filthy rich. Rich was more fun. She married three times, divorced twice, found her true love, and lost him to cancer. At twenty-one, she was told she would soon die. She lived. Doctors said she’d never be able to have children. She had ’em. She’s bargained with God, dictators, and Democrats. She’s partied with princes, presidents, premiers, Barbara Walters, Anwar Sadat, Margaret Thatcher, Tom Hanks, and Francisco Franco…though not all at the same time. She captivated powerful men with her feminine charm, and then persuaded them toward unlikely political alliances through her formidable intelligence. She waltzed with Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace, dressed in men’s clothes and smuggled herself in a barrel across the Pakistani border, threw a Roman-themed party so extravagant it was featured in Life magazine, and survived a Soviet gunship attack in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Joanne Herring, the Houston socialite portrayed by Julia Roberts in the film Charlie Wilson’s War, is far more colorful, funny, and likable than any screenwriter could have guessed. The former Texas television anchor is known for her improbable fight with the mujihadeen against the former Soviet Union. But her full story–with all its God, guns, and Gucci glory–has never been told. Born in the man’s world of Texas in a time when women had limited choices, Joanne Herring blazed a trail with allies as unlikely as Charlie Wilson, Pierre Cardin, and President Ronald Reagan…and in so doing forged new paths for women in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and America.
Nancy Dorman-Hickson was the ghostwriter for this title:

Family Secrets: my experience with family violence
Birmingham, AL/USA
The co-author of Diplomacy and Diamonds, Nancy Dorman-Hickson is a former editor with Time Inc.’s Southern Living and Progressive Farmer magazines. As a freelancer, she is an author, an editor and a writer for print, web, and public relations clients, and a speaker. She grew up in Sturgis and Starkville, Mississippi, real-life versions of the postage-stamp patch of land that famed Mississippian William Faulkner cited. She has won multiple national writing awards, but her most memorable recognition remains a handwritten thank you note from Harper Lee for an article Nancy wrote about the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.
She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband Mark and their twin teenaged son and daughter, Josh and Brennan, as well as the family’s misnamed, sweet-natured cat, Rocky. See www.NancyDormanHickson.com.
I love to tell the story. Literally. All Southerners worth their sweet tea and grits know how to talk and talk well. I am available for speaking engagements on the following topics. Or suggest one and I’ll accommodate.

On Ghostwriting/Co-Writing Books

A Ghost Story: My Experience as a Co-Writer
The Business of Ghostwriting
Winning Work as a Ghostwriter
Co-Writing, Collaboration, and Collecting Your Fees
How Ghostwriting Can Build Your Business
To Make a Short Story Long…Stretching Anecdotes into a Life Narrative
Writing a Book by Phone and Email
Techniques for Capturing a Life Story/Memoir Ghostwriting Secrets: What To Do (and Not To Do) as a Co-Writer
Be a Memoir Guru
Can a Yellow Dog Democrat and an Arch-Conservative Republican Collaborate On a Book? (Or any other opposing pair): Getting Along With Your Expert/Celebrity
Demystifying Ghostwriting
The Fun Stuff: Book Titles, Backflap Bios, and Book and Brand Promotion
On Writing in General (book, magazines/newspapers, corporate, and web)

Techniques for Capturing a Personality
Words (Don’t) Escape Me
Word Nerd Herding … or Saying What You Want to Say
Sample description of a presentation:

Searching for new ways to make money as a writer? Want to write a book?

Learn tips when veteran writer Nancy Dorman-Hickson talks about her collaboration on Joanne King Herring’s memoir. Described as a “world-changer,” this Houston woman was portrayed by Julia Roberts in the movie Charlie Wilson’s War. Nancy will share how and why she was approached for the project; her “audition” for the job; the “anyway-that-works” method she followed to complete the manuscript (including the strangest places she took her laptop to write); how co-writing differs from other writing; and what she’s doing now to further her “brand” and expand her freelance opportunities.



“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10