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Meet Our Contributors

Linda Apple is the author of Inspire! Writing from the Soul. Her stories have appeared in eleven Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Linda is also a motivational speaker and currently serves as the Arkansas Regional Speaker Trainer for Stonecroft Ministries. Please visit her website at www.lindacapple.com or e-mail her at [email protected].

Teresa Armas has her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from California State University, Los Angeles. She is in the field of education. Her children’s book, Remembering Grandma, was a finalist for the Tomas Rivera Children’s Book Award. She enjoys traveling, writing and spending time with her children and family, who are her inspiration.

Ronda Armstrong and her husband enjoy ballroom dancing. They chase after two beloved cats and connect with family and friends. Ronda’s essays and stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul books, The Des Moines Register and Knee High by the Fourth of July — a Midwest anthology. E-mail her at [email protected].

Andrea Atkins is a writer whose work has appeared in many national magazines including Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens and others. She is the mom of two daughters and is married to David Hessekiel.

Caitlin Quinn Bailey is the communications coordinator for a nonprofit and has always been a writer, thanks to the incredible support of her family. On April 24, 2010, her dad will give her another priceless gift — walking her down the aisle on her wedding day. Thanks, Dad. E-mail her at [email protected].

Kathleene S. Baker and husband Jerry reside in Plano, Texas with two pooches, Hank and Samantha. A precious Schnauzer named Josey inspired her first writing experience. As a freelancer, she has contributed to newspapers, anthologies, magazines, online e-zines, and writes a weekly column entitled “Heart of Texas.” Visit her website at www.txyellowrose.com.

Kerrie R. Barney still lives with her parents, still loves to knit and crochet — and still takes advantage of her dad’s unraveling skills when a project goes awry. She lives and writes in the beautiful high desert of central Oregon.

Jill Barville is a professional wordsmith who writes everything from newspaper and magazine articles to PR copy and computer manuals. She lives in Spokane, Washington with her husband and three kids and within walking distance of her parents. They have dinner together most Sundays. Contact her via e-mail at [email protected].

Tina Bausinger has previously published poetry and short stories and is a humor columnist for the University of Texas at Tyler. Tina enjoys reading and spending time with her husband Lee and their three children. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Donna Buie Beall is a freelance writer and adjunct English professor at Brewton-Parker College in South Georgia. This is Donna’s second publication in Chicken Soup for the Soul and she is working on her first novel.

Cindy Beck lives in Utah with her husband, two cats, and a short, fat dog. As a published author of numerous stories and co-author of a book of humorous anecdotes, Cindy spends her time writing for books, magazines, and doing a humor column for the newspaper. Visit her at www.bythebecks.com.

June Harman Betts is the author of The Echoes in My Mind series: Father Was a Caveman, We Were Vagabonds and the upcoming release, Executive. She enjoys writing, spending time with her family, volunteering and traveling. Learn more at www.authorsden.com/junehbetts.

Robin Pepper Biasotti received her Economics degree from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. from the University of Dayton. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and four children. Prior to working as a stay-at-home mom, Robin was a family law attorney.

Cynthia Blatchford works as a full-time dental assistant and enjoys writing during her spare time. She hopes that she can help others heal through the written word based on her own life’s experiences. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Sharon Beth Brani is a single mother of two precious daughters, a licensed professional counselor and adoption coach. She has had more than 400 stories and articles published in a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Visit her website at www.heartprintsadoption.com.

Tim Brewster is an accountant and outdoor enthusiast living in Alberta, Canada with his wife and two daughters. Together they enjoy skiing, fishing, cycling, skating, camping, telling stories, and looking at the stars.

Elaine Bridge worked in the woods on the West Coast as a forester before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her three boys. Now living in Ohio she works part-time in a grocery store and is devoted to developing her relationship with God, caring for her family and writing inspirational material.

Christine Brooks is a freelance writer, ocean activist, and surfer who believes in taking care of the ocean, an enormous inspiration in so many aspects of her life. Her second book, A Voice To Be Heard, is due out in 2010. For more information please visit www.fourleafclover.us.

Barbara Canale is a freelance writer and columnist for the Catholic Sun in Syracuse, NY. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings. She is the author of Our Labor of Love: A Romanian Adoption Chronicle. She enjoys biking, skiing, and gardening.

Tracy Cavlovic recently returned to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for ten years. She has two amazing boys who keep her busy and entertained with their hockey dreams. Her dream is to continue to write and have it enjoyed by others. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Karen Gray Childress lives in the Midwest. She enjoys writing, traveling, working with soft pastels, and spending time with her family. Additional information is available at www.karenchildress.net.

Jane Choate is a graduate of Brigham Young University and has been weaving stories in her head for as long as she can remember. In recent years, she has made her dream of becoming a published writer come true.

Sheila Curran is the author of Everyone She Loved, about a woman’s efforts to protect her own family even after her own expiration date has come and gone. Her first book, Diana Lively Is Falling Down, is a romantic comedy Jodi Picoult called warm, funny, inventive and original and Booklist called a gem. Visit www.sheilacurran.com for more information.

Danielle is finishing her last year of high school and plans to attend college next year, studying in the field of psychology. She is a member of her school cheerleading team and also enjoys skiing. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Lola Di Giulio De Maci is a contributor to several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She gathers inspiration for her children’s stories from her now-grown children and the children she’s taught over the years. Lola has a Master of Arts in education and English and continues writing from her sunny loft overlooking the San Bernardino mountains. E-mail her at [email protected].

Although blind, Janet Perez Eckles thrives as a Spanish interpreter, international speaker, writer and author of Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow — Overcoming Adversities in Life. From her home in Florida, she enjoys working on church ministries and taking Caribbean cruises with her husband Gene. She imparts inspiration at: www.janetperezeckles.com.

Barbara Edwards is a wife and the mother of two young men. She works as a newspaper reporter and at an elementary school in Northern California. Barbara enjoys traveling, shopping, watching college football, and writing for teens and preteens. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Shawnelle Eliasen and her husband Lonny raise their five boys in an old Victorian on the Mississippi River. She home-teaches her youngest sons. Her work has been published in a number of magazines. She writes about life, family, friendship, and God’s grace.

Melissa Face lives in Virginia. She teaches Special Education and writes as often as possible. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and several anthologies. Visit her blog at www.melissaface29.blogspot.com or e-mail her at [email protected].

James S. Fell, MBA, CSCS, is a husband, father, runner, weightlifter and fitness author. In addition to writing for a variety of respected fitness magazines he is the author of Body for Wife: The Family Guy’s Guide to Getting in Shape. Visit: www.bodyforwife.com or e-mail him at [email protected].

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Sally Friedman has been writing personal commentaries for four decades. Her work appears in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, AARP The Magazine, and various other national, regional and local publications. She is a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. E-mail her at [email protected].

Originally from upstate New York, Rachel Furey is a current Ph.D. student at Texas Tech. She is a previous winner of Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize for fiction. Her work has also appeared in Women’s Basketball Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More, Freight Stories, Squid Quarterly, and Waccamaw.

W.S. Gager writes the Mitch Malone Mystery series and teaches English at Baker College in West Michigan. Her first book, A Case of Infatuation, was the winner of the 2008 Dark Oak Mystery Contest. Check out her mysteries at www.wsgager.com or e-mail her for more information at [email protected].

Bryan Gill received his B.A. in Communication from Auburn University and his Master of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School. He is the Baptist Collegiate Ministry director for Metro Memphis, Tenn. Bryan authored 31 Verses Every Teenager Should Know, a devotional book (Student Life; Birmingham, 2009). He enjoys photography and kayaking.

Kierstan Gilmore received her Bachelor of Arts from The Catholic University of America and her Master of Social Work from Saint Louis University. She is a psychiatric social worker for the time being, but hopes to one day call herself a real writer. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Jenna Glatzer (www.jennaglatzer.com) is the author or ghostwriter of eighteen books including The Marilyn Monroe Treasures and the authorized biography, Celine Dion: For Keeps. Her latest collaboration is Unthinkable by Scott Rigsby, the first double-amputee to finish the Hawaiian Ironman triathlon. She and her daughter live in New York.

Ashlan Gorse is a correspondent and fill-in anchor for E! News. She received her BA from the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. When Ashlan isn’t following movies, fashion and celebrities you can find her traveling around in search of the perfect glass of pinot.

Amanda Green was born and raised in Texas and now lives in New York City. Her writing has appeared in New York Press, The Guardian, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and The New York Times’ City Room blog. She writes about her misadventures in the city (and beyond!) at www.noisiestpassenger.com.

Tina Haapala doesn’t play guitar like her dad, so she hopes to strike a chord with her writing. This is her fourth contribution to Chicken Soup for the Soul. Tina’s website, www.excuseeditor.com, strives to help aspiring writers. If you would like to hear “Tina Marie ’73,” e-mail her at [email protected].

Cathy C. Hall is a freelance writer and humor columnist from Georgia. Her byline has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. She often writes about family and friends. So, if you’ve ever met Cathy, she’s probably written about you. Find out more at www.cathy-c-hall.com.

Jan Hamlett is a freelance writer who resides in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is a retired English teacher who enjoys reading, gardening, following SEC football, and traveling. Jan’s stories have appeared in Women Alive magazine, The Wittenburg Door, and the online publication Bewildering Stories. You may e-mail her at [email protected].

Cynthia M. Hamond has numerous stories in over twenty-five Chicken Soup for the Soul books as well as other major publications, including Woman’s World magazine and King Features Syndication. Cynthia has received two awards and two of her stories have been made for television. Cynthia is available for school visits and group talks. Learn more at www.Cynthiahamond.com.

Charles E. Harrel served as a pastor for thirty years before stepping aside to pursue writing. He has over 280 published works. His stories and devotionals have appeared in twenty books, including Chicken Soup for the Father & Son Soul. Charles enjoys photography, playing guitar, and family camping trips.

Heidi Durig Heiby has worked as a German and English teacher and tutor and lives in Ohio with her husband Fritz and their daughter Anna. Heidi enjoys reading, writing, her wonderful writers group, travelling, cooking, the outdoors, and the company of close friends and family. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Patti Callahan Henry is a NY Times bestselling novelist. She has six novels with Penguin/NAL. Patti has been hailed as a fresh new voice in southern fiction. She has been short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and has been nominated for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Fiction Novel of the Year. She lives outside Atlanta with her husband and three children. Website: www.patticallahanhenry.com.

Elizabeth Herrera received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in August, 2004. She is a career counselor and has always enjoyed working in social service environments and working with underserved populations. She enjoys traveling, running and spending time with her husband.

Fracia Heter resides in Wellington, Kansas, where she was born and raised. She received her Associate of Arts degree in 2009. Fracia enjoys reading, creative writing, shopping, and spoiling her Shih Tzu, Emma. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Kathy Irey is a social worker and freelance writer in Pittsburgh. (Go Steelers!) Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The Secret Place, Devo’Zine, and Affaire de Coeur. Among her passions are waterslides, wave pools, her alma mater, Penn State, and women’s history.

Ron Kaiser, Jr. teaches English and college writing classes in vibrant and beautiful New Hampshire with his absolutely radiant wife. After his aforementioned lovely wife and wonderful family, his second love is writing fiction. He is currently seeking a publisher for two novels and a short story collection. Please e-mail him at [email protected].

J. Aday Kennedy is an award-winning multi-published author of inspirational/Christian pieces and of children’s literature. Three picture books are under contract eagerly awaiting publication. She is a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic making her dreams come true a story at a time. As a speaker, Aday entertains, instructs, motivates and inspires audiences of all ages. www.jadaykennedy.com & http://jadaykennedy.blogspot.com.

Jess Knox was published in 2009’s Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2007 with a degree in Screenwriting and currently works for Omnipop Talent Group in Los Angeles. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Robyn Kurth is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in various publications and websites. She is a regular contributor to Examiner. com as the Orlando Parenting Examiner. Robyn has been published in several anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover’s Soul and The Ultimate Christmas. She can be reached at [email protected].

Nine years ago, Victoria LaFave surrendered her marketing career to pursue her dream as a writer and mom. She had a story published in the book, My Teacher Is My Hero, and also had her work published in Parents, FamilyFun and Woman’s Day magazines. She can be reached at [email protected].

John Lavitt would like to say that he was right and his father was wrong when it came to prognostications about his future, but he would be lying. Despite his father’s protestations, John still works in Hollywood, still writes poetry, and still believes he will hit that home run.

Dawn Lilly calls the Pacific Northwest the perfect place to live, write and garden. A wife, mother and grandmother, Dawn inherited her passion for writing from Doug Miles, her father, her first editor, and the inspiration behind “The Pinch Hitter.” You can contact Dawn at [email protected].

Amy Lyons is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor, who has worked for The Boston Globe and countless publications in Los Angeles. She loves putting words on paper, seeing live theatre, listening to music and spending time with family and friends. E-mail her at [email protected].

Kelly Starling Lyons is Kevin Price’s sister and a North Carolina children’s book author. Find out more about Kelly at www.kellystarlinglyons.com. This story is dedicated to Kelly and Kevin’s grandfather, Thurman Starling.

Timothy Martin is the author of four books and seven screenplays. He has three children’s novels scheduled for release in 2010. Tim’s work has appeared in numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books. His TV reality show Repossessed is in development at Indigo Films. He can be reached at [email protected].

Bonita Y. McCoy resides in Alabama with her three wonderful sons and her husband of twenty years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in English from Mississippi State University and is currently teaching high school English. The McCoy family loves to go RVing and have had many adventures in their RV, properly named Seymore.

Abby McNutt received her Bachelor of Science degree at St. Gregory’s University in 2002. She teaches transitional first grade in Oklahoma. She enjoys working with children, especially those of divorce and plans to write a book about her experience as a child of divorce. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Kimberlee Murray is a wife and proud mother of two boys, Nicholas and Christopher. She keeps very busy with her active family and in her downtime writes about how to keep life simple in her blog, “Life Isn’t Rocket Science,” (http://kimberleemurray.blogspot.com). You can e-mail her at [email protected].

Sheila Myers writes for an international non-profit by day, and for herself the rest of the time. She is working on a science-fiction book for young adults. E-mail her at [email protected].

As the former Kansas City Fox TV 4 parenting expert, Brenda Nixon (www.BrendaNixon.com) is the author of the award-winning The Birth to Five Book, host of The Parent’s Plate radio show, and a popular speaker to parents and childcare professionals. She lives in Ohio with her husband and near her three grown children.

Kirsten Ogden grew up in Hawaii, but now makes her home in Los Angeles where she teaches writing at Pasadena City College. She is a poet laureate of Gambier, Ohio, and also teaches poetry in the public schools with the California Poets in the Schools program. Visit Kirsten’s blog at www.eatthepaper.com.

Jill Olson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993 with a degree in economics. She then moved to New York City, where she worked for a hedge fund, analyzing global currency and bond instruments. Since 1999, Jill has been involved with several non-profit organizations, all focused on breaking the cycle of poverty.

Dr. Debra D. Peppers, a retired English teacher, university instructor, radio and television host, author, and Emmy award-winning playwright, was inducted into the prestigious National Teachers Hall of Fame. A member of the National Speakers Association, Dr. Peppers is available for bookings at 314-842-7425 or www.pepperseed.org.

Mark Damon Puckett has written for Saveur and Greenwich Magazine. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston; his M.A. in English and his M.Litt. in African-American Studies from Middlebury. His stories have appeared in Gulf Coast, The Crescent Review and The Tusculum Review. Please check out: www.markdamonpuckett.com.

Jennifer Quasha is a freelance writer and editor, who, despite baboon attacks, still loves to travel to exotic locales. Check out her website at www.jenniferquasha.com.

D.R. Ransdell teaches writing at the University of Arizona. Her CD of mariachi music is titled Diana canta la venganza, or Diane Sings Revenge. She also has a collection of cat poems: The Secret Lives of the Pink House Cats. She recently completed a six-concert tour in China with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Please visit her website at www.dr-ransdell.com.

Natalie June Reilly is a single mother of two extraordinary teenage boys, a full-time football mom and the author of the children’s book, My Stick Family: Helping Children Cope with Divorce. Natalie lives and loves in gratitude every day and she welcomes you to reach out to her at [email protected].

Eric T. Reuscher received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987. He works in development at the Eastman School of Music. Eric enjoys golf, gardening, sports and spending time with family and friends. He continues to write stories for children and teens. Please e-mail him at [email protected].

Donna Reames Rich is an avid writer, and has written on a freelance basis for the past twenty years. She is also a psychiatric registered nurse. She loves her three dogs and one cat, but the absolute most fun she has is being a mother to her three lovely, lively daughters — Zoe, Chloe and Caroline. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Sallie A. Rodman is an award-winning author with numerous stories appearing in Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, various other anthologies and magazines. She lives in Los Alamitos, CA with her hubby Paul, Mollie the Beagle and Inky the cat. Sallie attributes her successes in life to her father and his values. Reach her at [email protected].

Stephen Rusiniak is a husband and father of two and a former police detective who specialized in and lectured on juvenile and family matters. He now shares his thoughts through his writings and has appeared in various publications, including the anthology Chicken Soup for the Father & Son Soul. E-mail him at [email protected].

Heather Simms Schichtel is a writer, special needs advocate and mom to three-year-old Samantha. This is her second Chicken Soup for the Soul publication. She would like to thank her dad for providing the inspiration behind Morey. You can reach Heather at www.samsmom-heathers.blogspot.com.

Joel Schwartzberg is an award-wining writer and author of The 40-Year-Old Version: Humoirs of a Divorced Dad (www.40yearoldversion. com), which was released with reviews in 2009. His personal essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, the New York Daily News, New Jersey Monthly, and elsewhere.

Michelle Sedas is the author of Welcome The Rain and Live Inspired, coauthor of The Power of 10%, host of the Inspired Living Café, and cofounder of Running Moms Rock. Michelle graduated from Texas A&M University and lives in Texas with her husband and two children. Visit her at www.michellesedas.com.

Michael Jordan Segal, who defied all odds after being shot in the head, is a husband, father, social worker, freelance author (including a CD/Download of twelve stories, read with light background music, entitled Possible), and inspirational speaker. He’s had many stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books. For more information visit www.InspirationByMike.com.

A native of Los Angeles, CA, Al Serradell now resides in Oklahoma City where he works as a Workforce Center Manager for the State of Oklahoma between his real hobbies of rescuing Chihuahuas and writing stories.

Sara F. Shacter is a children’s writer. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Highlights for Children and World Book’s Childcraft Annuals. She made her fiction debut with the picture book Heading to the Wedding. A former teacher, she loves speaking at schools. Please visit her at www.sarafshacter.com.

Kathleen Shoop earned her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. She writes novels, has articles regularly published in magazines and newspapers, and works part-time at a K-8 school in the city of Pittsburgh. She also has a wonderful husband and two children who never fail to make her laugh out loud. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Curtis Silver is a freelance writer residing in a three-bedroom house in Sarasota, FL with his wife and three kids. When he’s not writing, he suffers the daily grind of commuting to work and pretending to be smart. He can be contacted via e-mail at [email protected], via Twitter at cebsilver or at http://cashorcheckonly.wordpress.com.

Adrian R. Soriano resides in San Antonio, Texas. He is happily married with a wonderful wife, Jennifer, and three children named Jasmine, Abigail, and Adrian Jr. This is his first article and he is honored to have it published. With God all things are possible — Matthew 19:26.

Diane Stark is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. Her first book, Teachers’ Devotions to Go, was released in the fall of 2009. Diane lives in southern Indiana with her husband Eric and their five children. She can be reached at [email protected].

Elissa Stein’s latest book is FLOW: the Cultural Story of Menstruation. Previously she published City Walks with Kids: New York, interactive thank you notes, and visual iconic pop culture histories. She runs her own graphic design business and also practices yoga, knits, and collects vintage coats. She lives in the NYC area with her family.

Annmarie B. Tait lives in Conshohocken, PA with her husband Joe and Sammy the “Wonder Yorkie.” She has contributed to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Reminisce magazine and Patchwork Path. When not writing, Annmarie enjoys cooking along with singing and recording American and Irish folk songs which reflect her heritage. E-mail her at [email protected].

Lura J. Taylor is an early retirement attorney who enjoys teaching French, traveling and taking care of her family and pets. She is currently working on a graphic novel about her early adult years in Wichita and Lawrence, Kansas. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Marsha D. Teeling is a grandmother to two wonderful children, Madison, 5, and Logan, 3. She enjoys writing as a hobby, while working full-time as a case manager for critically ill children. Married to her soul mate, Anthony, for thirty years, she enjoys gardening, needlework, reading and friends. Her twin sister lives close by.

Marla H. Thurman lives at home in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, with her two dogs, Oreo and Sleeper. Her dad still rescues her on occasion.

Marni Tice is a stay-at-home mom raising her triplet boys and daughter. She had been a court reporter for many years and now owns her own legal transcription company in South Florida. She loves to write and is currently working on her first novel. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Christine Trollinger is a freelance writer from Kansas City, MO. Her short stories have appeared in several books and magazines. She enjoys travel, gardening and spending time with her family.

Megan Tucker-Hall is a junior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she is majoring in Psychology. She hopes to attend medical school in 2011. She enjoys reading, volunteering in her community, traveling, and spending time with her sorority sisters. She can be reached at [email protected].

Dave Ursillo received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross in 2008. He is a writer, aspiring career author and life coach. He writes self-help and inspirational nonfiction and offers his writings for free online at DaveUrsillo.com. E-mail Dave at [email protected].

Sharon Dunski Vermont is a full-time wife and mother and part-time freelance writer and pediatrician with an MD degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her husband Laird, daughters Hannah and Jordyn, and parents Neil and Harriet Dunski are the inspiration for everything she writes. You may e-mail her at [email protected].

Sydney Wain is a high school freshman. She has been on the honor roll all her life, and is on her school volleyball team. She loves to go to the mall with her friends. Sydney is eager to do well in school and attend college somewhere in Europe to study international relations.

Nick Walker is an on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel, and songwriter/author of Sing Along with the Weather Dude, a CD/Book teaching children weather basics, and Don’t Get Scared, Just Get Prepared, teaching severe weather preparedness. Contact Nick at his “Weather Dude” website at www.wxdude.com.

Terrilynne Walker is the mother of five children and six grandchildren, and an educator in the Florida school system. She wishes that her dad had lived long enough to know her family, not only for its accomplishments, but for the kind, gentle spirit it inherited from him.

Stefanie Wass lives in Ohio with her husband and two girls. Her essays have been published in numerous newspapers and anthologies, including five Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. Stefanie is currently seeking representation for her first children’s novel. Visit her website at www.stefaniewass.com.

Gail Wilkinson lives in rural Illinois in a lively household of husband, kids and pets. She works as a human resource director for a software company. Gail is particularly interested in stories that preserve and honor family histories. Her middle grade novel about her grandparents’ lives, Alice and Frosty: An American Journey, is to be published in 2010 by Iowan Books.

Karyn Williams is the eldest daughter of Orlando Magic Executive Pat Williams, and “big sister” in a family of nineteen children adopted from all over the world. She is a staff songwriter with Universal Music, an author and recording artist. Her first full-length studio album will release in early 2010. You can visit her at www.karynwilliams.com.

Paul Winick, M.D., lives in Florida with his wife Dorothy. He practiced pediatrics for thirty years. He has two children and five grandchildren. Paul is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Miami, School of Medicine. This is his fifth Chicken Soup for the Soul contribution. He has published a memoir, Finding Ruth, and many prize-winning stories. E-mail him at [email protected].

Ray M. Wong is a devoted husband and father. He’s also a freelance writer and contributes the column “Family Matters” to newspapers in the United States. He has completed a memoir called Chinese-American: The Journey Home. Visit his website at www.raywong.info. Or e-mail him at [email protected].

Mary Jo Marcellus Wyse is a 2006 graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in Writing Program and is currently finishing a novel about a father-daughter relationship. She loves being a stay-at-home mom to two wonderful kids. Mary Jo and her family live outside of Boston.

Gary B. Xavier, an author and lecturer throughout the U.S. and Canada, has published numerous mechanical trade textbooks. He writes a Sunday newspaper column, magazine articles, and was published in Chicken Soup for the Father & Son Soul. Married to Linda for thirty-nine years, he has two grown sons and a granddaughter. He can be contacted at [email protected].

D. B. Zane is a writer, teacher and mother of three. In her free time, she enjoys reading, walking the dog, and taking her kids to visit their grandparents. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Heidi L.R. Zúñiga has lived her whole life in Gilbert, Arizona. She is the third youngest child of eleven in her family. Heidi has five brothers and five sisters and loves having a big family. She keeps herself busy, growing up with sports and small jobs on the side. Heidi along with a sister and two friends created their own little businesses to earn money.

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