Who is Patty Hansen?

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Divorce and Recovery

Who Is
Patty Hansen?

Patty Hansen, with her writing partner Irene Dunlap, coauthored Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul 2, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2, Chicken Soup Christmas Treasury for Kids, Chicken Soup for the Child’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul — all books that kids love to read and use as guides for everyday life. Patty is also the coauthor of Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul and Out of the Blue: Delight Comes into Our Lives. She has written some of the most loved stories in many of the books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Prior to her career as an author, Patty worked for United Airlines as a flight attendant for thirteen years. During those years in the air she received two commendations for bravery -- the first when (as the only flight attendant on board) she prepared forty-four passengers for a successful planned emergency landing, and the second for single-handedly extinguishing a fire on board a mid-Pacific flight, which averted an emergency situation and saved hundreds of lives.

Until April of 2008, Patty was the president of legal and licensing for Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc., and helped to create an entire line of Chicken Soup for the Soul products and licenses. She remains an active part of Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC.

Patty shares her home life with her daughter Elisabeth, twenty-three, Elisabeth’s husband, Chris, and their son, Seth, age three-almost-four, and newborn daughter, Kira; daughter Melanie, twenty-one; mother, Shirley, ninety; housekeeper and friend, Dora; two rabbits, five horses, four dogs, three cats, four birds, thirty-two fish, eight pigeons, thirty-six chickens (yes, they all have names), a haven for hummingbirds, and a butterfly farm.

If you would like to contact Patty:

Patty Hansen
P.O. Box 10879
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
e-mail: [email protected]

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