The Love Story Project is about the dangers–and pleasures–of love stories. It’s a collage of research, memoir, and family mythology—exploring everything from the neurochemistry of love to the American myth of the cheerleader. It’s about how the stories we inherit shape our lives, and what it means when those stories break down.

For speaking and media inquiries, get in touch at mandylen (at) gmail .com or find me on Twitter @LenMandy


Mandy Len Catron: 

Mandy is a writer living and working in Vancouver, BC. Originally from Appalachian Virginia, she sometimes pronounces words like still, fill, and will with two syllables. But only when she’s really tired. Or she’s had too many IPAs.

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  1. What a great idea for a project, to give your memoir a theme like that. I’ve started to write down the stories of my family that I grew up with before I forget them all. My grandmother rowing across Lake Michigan to Canada during prohibition to buy beer. My grandfather working a year, going to school a year, until he earned his masters. My mother and father meeting in church when they were both in the Navy. I don’t have a focus yet. Maybe it will come. Meanwhile, I’m writing fairy tales for my kids. None of which should offend my multitudinous relations.

    • Wow–that sounds like rich material. I’m already intrigued! Even if you don’t know where it’s going, it’s been my experience that just writing it down will take you in some surprising–and surprisingly useful–directions.
      While I’m not sure I agree, Susan Shapiro did recently say in the NYT: “the first piece you write that your family hates means you found your voice.” So perhaps offending those relations is a good starting point😉

      • Thanks for your encouragement. I plan to keep working on my memoir proeject, a memory at a time. I also plan to get different takes on our family history from different relatives. I’ll look forward to reading more of your memories, too.

  2. I love your project. That’s wonderful. I’m not sure if God will ever bless me in that direction (with a significant other), but I deeply respect the occurrence of it when it happens and is respected by both parties. All the best Mandy!🙂

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  7. Hi,
    I was just wondering, even though you’ve probably gotten this question before, what if you experimented with the 36 questions and it definitely strengthened the relationship between us, but i don’t know if it is necessarily leading us to fall in love. I mean, how do you know if you’re falling in love?

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