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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times

Meet Our Authors

Susan M. Heim is a longstanding author and editor, specializing in parenting, women’s and Christian issues. After the birth of her twin boys in 2003, Susan left her desk job as a Senior Editor at a publishing company and has never looked back. Being a work-at-home mother allows her to follow her two greatest passions: parenting and writing.

Susan’s published books include Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Mothers; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Women; Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More; Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power; It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence; Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year; and, Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for Families with Twins, Multiples and Singletons. She is also working on a fiction book for teens and young adults.

Susan’s articles and stories have appeared in many books, websites, and magazines, including TWINS Magazine and Angels on Earth. She writes a parenting blog, “Susan Heim on Parenting,” at And she is the founder of TwinsTalk, a website with tips, advice and stories about raising twins and multiples, at

Susan and her husband Mike are the parents of four active sons, who are in elementary school and college! You can reach Susan at [email protected] and visit her website at Join her on Twitter and Facebook by searching for ParentingAuthor.

Karen C. Talcott is the co-author of the devotional books published by Chicken Soup for the Soul, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Women and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Mothers. Her work was also included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More. She has a variety of new projects in the works, including several children’s books and many more devotional short stories.

Karen’s experience in writing came from fifteen years in the classroom and a master’s degree in curriculum from Oregon State University. In addition to teaching classes in grades 3-6, Karen was instrumental in setting school curriculum at the school district in which she taught. While no longer teaching elementary school, Karen continues to share her experiences and knowledge through her writing and speaking engagements.

After the birth of her twins and caring for a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Karen decided to focus her attention on freelance writing. Her husband, Leland, and three children, Kara, Griffin, and Taylor, are very supportive of her writing, and for this she is thankful. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Born in the beautiful state of Oregon, Karen now resides in Florida. She finds her best inspiration comes in the morning on her long walks with her two Golden Retrievers. Story ideas and titles seem to flow as she communes in God’s world. In her spare time, what precious moments there are, she enjoys her children and their many sports and activities, gardening, walking, and faithfully attending her local church. She can be reached at [email protected].

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