Meet Our Authors and Editor

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter

Meet Our Authors and Editor

Jack Canfield is the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which Time magazine has called “the publishing phenomenon of the decade.” Jack is also the coauthor of many other bestselling books.

Jack is the CEO of the Canfield Training Group in Santa Barbara, California, and founder of the Foundation for Self-Esteem in Culver City, California. He has conducted intensive personal and professional development seminars on the principles of success for more than a million people in 23 countries, has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at more than 1,000 corporations, universities, professional conferences and conventions, and has been seen by millions more on national television shows.

Jack has received many awards and honors, including three honorary doctorates and a Guinness World Records Certificate for having seven books from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series appearing on the New York Times bestseller list on May 24, 1998.

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Mark Victor Hansen is the co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul, along with Jack Canfield. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, bestselling author, and marketing maven. Mark’s powerful messages of possibility, opportunity, and action have created powerful change in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide.

Mark is a prolific writer with many bestselling books in addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Mark has had a profound influence in the field of human potential through his library of audios, videos, and articles in the areas of big thinking, sales achievement, wealth building, publishing success, and personal and professional development. He is also the founder of the MEGA Seminar Series.

Mark has received numerous awards that honor his entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropic heart, and business acumen. He is a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

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Amy Newmark has been Chicken Soup for the Soul’s publisher, coauthor, and editor-in-chief for the last five years, after a 30-year career as a writer, speaker, financial analyst, and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications. Amy is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where she majored in Portuguese, minored in French, and traveled extensively. She and her husband have four grown children.

After a long career writing books on telecommunications, voluminous financial reports, business plans, and corporate press releases, Chicken Soup for the Soul is a breath of fresh air for Amy. She has fallen in love with Chicken Soup for the Soul and its life-changing books, and really enjoys putting these books together for Chicken Soup for the Soul’s wonderful readers. She has coauthored more than six dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books and has edited another three dozen.

You can reach Amy with any questions or comments through [email protected] and you can follow her on Twitter @amynewmark or @chickensoupsoul.

Janet Matthews is a best-selling author, editor, inspirational speaker and spiritual mentor. As co-author of the Canadian bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul, since 2002 she has been inspiring audiences across Canada with her heartfelt journey of creating this unique Canadian book. With her stories, anecdotes and passionate delivery, Janet lights up a room. After spending the first twenty years of her professional life in Toronto’s fast paced fashion-photography and advertising industry, in 1997 she became involved with producing Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul. When Jack Canfield invited her to co-author Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul, she jumped at the chance. When it was released in 2002 it shot right to the top of the bestseller lists all across Canada.

Since 2003 Janet has utilized her editorial expertise to help other authors bring their books of personal or spiritual growth to publication. Working with American co-author Daniel Keenan she completed a book-sized version of The Navy’s Baby, an amazing story first appearing in Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul. She has stories in seven Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and with Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter, Janet is thrilled to once again be part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family.

An eclectic individual with diverse interests and talents, Janet is a certified Love Yourself Heal Your Life workshop leader with training based on the philosophy of Louise Hay. She is a certified canoeing instructor, a couturier seamstress, passionate skater and cross country skier, and plays the violin.

Now living in Aurora, Ontario, Janet has been a guest on countless television and radio talk shows across Canada, and gives a very dynamic interview. She is generally available for guest speaking spots and interviews, and you may contact her through or

Pam Goldstein, editor of this book has been passionate about books and writing her entire life. After a twenty-year nursing career she became a host/producer of the award-winning Boker Tov radio show and continued for fifteen years. During that time she also produced another award-winning show, Reach for the Stars, and wrote ENG for local cable TV. Pam has also written three adult fiction manuscripts, one YA manuscript, and three plays. One of her plays The Interview, is opening November, 2013.

She has written several articles for newsletters and magazines and her latest one will be seen in Costa Rica’s Madre Natura magazine come fall.

Pam’s writing can also be read in over a dozen anthology books: Bedpan Banter, Anthology: the Beauty of the Story and of course many of the Chicken Soup for the Soul titles. Some of her favourites are Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas, Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That! E-mail Pam at [email protected].

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