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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just Us Girls

Meet Our Contributors

Georgia Alderink and her husband Fred lived in Takoma Park, MD from 1982 to 1994. After retirement they moved to Arkansas. Georgia has had two children’s novels published, Who’s Been Soaking in My Hot Tub? and Pea Brain and Wheelchair Willie, plus two non-fiction stories for adults. E-mail her at [email protected].

Diana M. Amadeo is an award-winning author whose byline has been seen in hundreds of publications including books, magazines, anthologies, newspapers and online. This is her ninth published story in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book.

Monica A. Andermann lives on Long Island where she shares her home with her husband Bill and their cat Marlo DeCarlo. Her work has been included in such publications as Angels on Earth, The Secret Place, Woman’s World, and several other titles in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Linda Bartlett received her BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a master’s degree from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN. She taught school for thirty-one years and then became a flight attendant for Delta Connection. She is now retired, traveling the world and writing for fun.

Jeanne Blandford is a writer/editor who, along with her husband Jack, is currently producing documentaries and creating children’s books. When not in their Airstream looking for new material, they can be found running SafePet, a partnership between Outreach for Pets in Need (OPIN) and Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC).

Marcy Blesy is the author of a picture book in the grief genre entitled Am I Like My Daddy? as well as a young adult short story trilogy and a middle grade novel available on Amazon. She blogs about books at Marcy and her family reside in Southwest Michigan.

Lil Blosfield is the Chief Financial Officer for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Canton, OH. She enjoys time spent with her family and friends, hot summer days by the pool and cozy winter evenings by the fire. She plays the piano and sometimes attempts karaoke with her husband, Ted. E-mail her at [email protected].

Grand prize winner in the Coast Weekend’s serial mystery chapter contest, Jan Bono is writing a cozy mystery series set on the southwest Washington coast. She has written four short story collections, numerous one-act plays, two poetry chapbooks and over 700 blog entries. Check out her work at

Cynthia Briggs celebrates her love of cooking and writing through her heartwarming cookbooks, Pork Chops & Applesauce and Sweet Apple Temptations. She’s written two e-books and writes for newspapers, magazines and publishers. Other than writing, Briggs enjoys speaking to women’s groups and coaching budding authors. E-mail her at [email protected].

Karla Brown is a writer of non-fiction short stories, fantasy adventure and children’s manuscripts. She is a flight attendant with US Airways Express. Karla adores her husband and daughters who, along with her impish grandson, make her smile every day! She enjoys children, books, swimming, and gardening. E-mail her at [email protected].

Katie Cash earned her Bachelor’s of Science with Honors degree in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy in 2011. She is a Surface Warfare Officer currently stationed in San Diego, CA, where she enjoys surfing, hiking, and triathlons. She is also an aspiring novelist and loves to travel the world.

Carol A. Cassara is a writer who lives life out loud in the San Francisco Bay area. She loves books, travel, blue skies, her dogs and coming up with essay ideas. Her memoir about reconciling with her husband twenty-seven years after their divorce is in progress. E-mail her at [email protected].

Beth Cato is an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She’s originally from Hanford, CA, but now resides in Buckeye, AZ, with her husband and son. Learn more at

Writing is both Jane M. Choate’s avocation and vocation. Being able to touch another with her words is her greatest thrill.

Madeline Clapps lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and her cat Vanilla Bean. She went to New York University and is a singer, writer, and editor, with many stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Lisa Ricard Claro is an award-winning short story author, Pushcart Prize nominee, and freelance commercial copywriter. Published across multiple media, Lisa is affiliated with RWA/GRW and SCBWI. She resides in Georgia with her husband and loves to hear from readers! E-mail her at [email protected] and read her at blog

Carol Commons-Brosowske is a native Texan. She’s been married to her best friend Jim for thirty-nine years. They have three grown children. She enjoys quilting, her four dogs and of course writing. She’s a weekly columnist for Frank Talk magazine and has been published in several anthologies. E-mail her at [email protected] net.

Harriet Cooper is a freelance writer and has published personal essays, humor and creative nonfiction in newspapers, newsletters, anthologies and magazines. She is a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She writes about family, relationships, health, food, cats, writing and daily life. E-mail her at [email protected].

Candyce Deal, Ed.S, a writer based in Georgia, is a former schoolteacher and administrator. She has written curriculum and designed thematic units for numerous educational publications. The mother of three, she often writes about parenting and child development. Other topics of interest include balanced living, fitness, wellness, and creativity.

Mary Dempsey, a former teacher and bookstore owner, resides in Bluffton, SC. Her writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and three Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. She is a freelance writer for a local newspaper and recently published a book of her short stories. E-mail her at [email protected].

Laurie Carnright Edwards received her BA degree from Berkshire Christian College and an MATS from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She is a pastor’s wife and the mother of two wonderful grown children. She enjoys working with children and teens, and writing to honor God. E-mail her at [email protected].

Shawnelle Eliasen and her husband Lonny raise their brood of boys in Illinois. Her stories have been published in Guideposts, MomSense magazine, Marriage Partnership, Thriving Family, Cup of Comfort books, numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and more. Visit her blog, Family Grace with My Five Sons, at

Holly English is a freelance writer. She enjoys playing the banjo and piano badly. She has four mostly perfect children.

Melissa Face teaches high school English and devotes her free time to writing. Melissa’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She lives in Virginia with her husband and son. E-mail Melissa at [email protected].

Andrea Farrier has been a teacher, lobbyist, writer, and home-schooling mom. Soon, however, the Farrier family is getting ready to embark on their greatest adventure yet — sharing the gospel as missionaries in Guatemala. If you want to follow their adventures, e-mail them at [email protected].

A longtime contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Sally Friedman, a Moorestown, NJ writer, has been writing about family and generational issues for decades. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post and other national and regional publications. E-mail her at [email protected].

Claire Fullerton is an award-winning essayist whose first novel, A Portal in Time, will be published in early 2014. She is a contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, and is an avid ballerina who divides her time between Northern and Southern California with her husband and two German Shepherds.

Crystal Gibson is a Canadian expat in France who graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in English and French Linguistics. She is a freelance writer and teaches business English. She can be found blogging about her pets and expat life at

Robin Gwozdz is a semi-retired registered nurse, grandma of the world’s most adorable twins, and lifelong desert rat. After a long career caring for the elderly and disabled, nowadays she loves family time, working out, writing, sports, laughing with friends, and above all, her husband Mike. E-mail her at [email protected].

Deanne Haines is a Wisconsin-based freelance writer and frequent contributor to parenting magazines across the country. She feels blessed to have a wonderful husband, three children and amazing friends — old and new. In her spare time Deanne enjoys running and traveling to exciting locales. Find out more at

Nancy Hatten returned to her native Illinois two years ago, after twenty years in Texas. She enjoys walking, yoga, gardening, and photography. Nancy hopes to live long enough to see the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.

Miriam Hill is a frequent contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul books and has been published in Writer’s Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Grit, St. Petersburg Times, The Sacramento Bee and Poynter Online. Miriam’s manuscript received Honorable Mention for Inspirational Writing in a Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.

“The Inncrowd” is a group of women who work at the Channel Road Inn and the Inn at Playa del Rey in Los Angeles, CA. As a member of this sisterhood, writer Rebecca Hill considers it an honor and a privilege to work in the hospitality industry as an innkeeper.

Georgia A. Hubley retired after twenty years in financial management to write full-time. Her work has been published in Woman’s World, the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Hallmark book series and various anthologies and magazines. She resides with her husband of thirty-five years in Henderson, NV. E-mail her at [email protected].

Jodi Icenoggle is a native Montanan with a degree in sports medicine. She is raising three horse-crazy, rodeo-loving boys in the Big Sky State. Jodi enjoys hiking, horses, books, and just about anything outdoors. E-mail her at [email protected].

Jennie Ivey lives in Tennessee. She is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including several stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthology. Learn more at

When she’s not walking on the beach with her husband, former librarian and teacher Linda Jett writes, practices massage, and grandparents from her home in Newberg, OR. As an active member of Oregon Christian Writers, she has published true inspirational stories, devotions, and poems in a variety of collections.

Linda Jewell, a home-front mom, supports our nation’s troops, their families, and military veterans. She writes, speaks, and interfaces with the media on the topics of patriotism, parenting, and prayer. Linda provides practical tips, resources, inspiration, and encouragement to help moms be courageous in tough times. E-mail her at [email protected].

Devika Jones received her B.F.A. degree from Massachusetts College of Arts and M.S. degree from MIT. She is a Life Coach in Arizona. Devika loves to inspire and assist her clients fulfill their potential. When not writing a short story, she loves to paint. E-mail her at [email protected].

After joining several different writing associations, fellow writers and “girlfriends” encouraged Alice Klies to publish. Her stories have appeared in Angels on Earth, Wordsmith Journal and anthology books;

God Meets Needs; Grandmother, Mother and Me; Grandfather, Father and Me and Friends of Inspire Faith.

April Knight is a profession artist and a freelance writer. Her favorite pastimes are riding horses and traveling. She recently visited Australia and Alaska. Her most recent novel is Sweet Dreams: 50 Romantic Bedtime Stories for Big Girls. E-mail her at [email protected].

Zoe Knightly will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of Richmond in December of 2013. She plans to pursue her career interests in health and medicine. Zoe loves cats, running, joggling (juggling while running), triathlons and creating unique art projects. She aspires to write motivational books.

Nancy Julien Kopp lives in Manhattan, KS, but is originally from Chicago. She began writing late in life, but has been published in thirteen Chicken Soup for the Soul books, other anthologies, ezines, newspapers and magazines. Once a classroom teacher, she now teaches through the written word.

Lisa McManus Lange, a multi-published author of humorous and inspirational slice-of-life articles, is from Victoria, BC, Canada. This is her third publication in the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthology. Learn more at or e-mail her at [email protected]. This one is dedicated to Janelle.

Karen E. Lewis was born in Scotland and has served as a missionary in Mexico. She currently lives in England with her husband who pastors a local church. She enjoys traveling, the company of good friends and laughing until her belly hurts. E-mail her at [email protected].

A frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Linda Lohman lives in Sacramento, CA. Retired from two separate careers she writes for pleasure, extensively for grieving widows. Family, friends, and her Yorkie, Lucy, give her a plethora of stories and memories. E-mail her at [email protected].

Barbara LoMonaco has worked for Chicken Soup for the Soul as an editor since 1998. She has co-authored two Chicken Soup for the Soul book titles and has had stories published in numerous other titles. Barbara is a graduate of the University of Southern California and has a teaching credential.

Crescent LoMonaco used her knowledge from years of working behind the chair and owning a hair salon to write the “Ask a Stylist” column for the Santa Barbara Independent. She is a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She lives on the South Coast with her husband and son.

Patricia Lorenz is an art-of-living writer and speaker. She’s the author of thirteen books including Life’s Too Short to Fold Your Underwear and Positive Quotes for Every Day. She has over sixty stories in fifty books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthology. To have her speak to your group, visit her website

Lauren Magliaro lives in New Jersey with her husband and their six-year-old son. Lauren loves reading, hockey, Bruce Springsteen, the Yankees, planning events with her “survivor sisters” and being a stay-at-home mom. Being published was on her bucket list, so she’s thrilled to be part of this book! E-mail her at [email protected].

Sara Matson lives with her family in Minnesota, where she home-schools her twin daughters and spends her free time reading, writing, and chatting with her friend Amy by e-mail. You can reach Sara through her website at

Dayna Mazzuca is working as a poet, writer and creative workshop leader in Victoria, BC, Canada. She has a background in philosophy and spiritual formation, and loves to lead writing groups through her church. She home-schools her children and enjoys hiking, biking and swimming in lakes. E-mail her at [email protected].

Cynthia Mendenhall writes in Phoenix. She has completed her memoir, and two other books — all yet to be published. She enjoys swimming, coffee, small adventures and bubbles. Cynthia is a Certified Life Coach available to speak to groups of women. E-mail her at [email protected].

When Gail Molsbee Morris isn’t chasing after God’s heart, she chases rare birds across America. She can be reached through her nature blog or Twitter @godgirlgail.

Lava Mueller jumps for joy when her stories are accepted by the Chicken Soup for the Soul series; she does the Happy Dance and her children get very embarrassed. Lava and Marion are closer than ever and this is why Lava’s arms are constantly bruised. E-mail Lava at [email protected].

Nell Musolf lives with her family in Minnesota where she likes to read, write and visit with her neighbors. She writes a “blog opera” that can be viewed at

Linda O’Connell is a multi-published writer from St. Louis, MO who finds humor in everyday experiences. She enjoys a good laugh, a great book and beach vacations with her husband Bill. Linda blogs at

Chicken Soup for the Soul editor Kristiana Glavin Pastir earned a journalism degree from Syracuse University in 2004. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing for Chicken Soup for the Soul, Kristiana enjoys reading, yoga, and adventures with her husband — especially their scuba diving trips around the world.

Kristi Paxton majored in art at Iowa State University. For fun, Kristi travels, cooks, kayaks, walks and writes. Her features and photos — from ice fishing to flower farming — appear in a regional newspaper. She lives with her husband and dog. E-mail her at [email protected] or read her blog at

Allison Potter is a wife, mother, volunteer, and aspiring writer from Michigan. She is a graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI. Allison’s favorite place is any beach on Lake Michigan with a good book.

Veteran editor, active ghostwriter and award-winning author, Carol McAdoo Rehme spins stories from a window-banked office nestled in her historic Victorian home. Her newest releases include Fundamentally Female (placed in the swag bags at the 2013 Oscars) and Finding the Pearl: Unstoppable passion, unbridled success, both award-winning books.

Lydia Gomez Reyes is a published writer and poet. Her love for God is the driving force behind her writing. Several of her devotionals and poems have appeared in The Secret Place. Lydia lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband, Rey, of thirty-five years. Learn more at

Connie Rosser Riddle lives in Apex, NC with her husband, David. She recently completed an inspirational memoir about her yearly solo journeys that followed her struggle with cancer and being fired from a job. Visit her blog at E-mail her at [email protected].

Nan Rockey graduated from Taylor University in 2012 with a BA degree in Media Communications with a writing emphasis. She married a fellow writer, Jordan Rockey, in February 2013 and enjoys creating stories and spending time with her husband and pet tortoise in Bloomington, IN. E-mail her at [email protected].

Sallie A. Rodman received her Certificate in Professional Writing from CSULB. Her stories have appeared in numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. She loves creating art, writing and being with her friends. Sallie is planning an inspirational book on finding your way back to a happy life after widowhood. E-mail her at [email protected].

Sioux Roslawski is a third grade teacher in St. Louis, a teacher-consultant for the Gateway Writing Project and is also a member of the WWWPs, a writing critique group. Currently she’s working on a variety of projects, including a novel. Visit her at

Mona Rottinghaus enjoys creating things. Her hobbies include sewing, embroidering, writing, music, and gardening. She is currently writing a family love storybook and plans to write an inspirational book documenting her journey into the world of mental illness, and the lessons she learned. E-mail her at [email protected] or visit

Carolyn Roy-Bornstein is a mother, a doctor and the author of Crash: A Mother, A Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude and the upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries. Her non-fiction stories have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Writer magazine, JAMA and several Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. Read more at

Mitali Ruths lives and knits in Montreal, Canada. Her story “Liftoff” was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Here Comes the Bride. E-mail her at [email protected].

McKenzi Seggerman graduated from Marshfield High School and will be attending the International Air and Hospitality Academy. She met her sister, Kory, on July 8th of 2012. McKenzi plans to become a flight attendant. E-mail her at [email protected].

Dana Sexton is a freelance author who has recently moved from Houston, TX to Nebraska. In 2012, she received the Susanne M. Glasscock award from Rice University in both poetry and fiction. Long ago and far away she earned a BA degree in English Literature from San Diego State University.

Dayle Shockley is an award-winning writer whose byline has appeared in dozens of publications. She is the author of three books and a contributor to many other works. She and her husband (a retired fire captain) enjoy traveling RV-style, enjoying God’s handiwork. Dayle blogs at

Diane Stark is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. She is a wife and mother of five. She loves to write about the important things in life: her family and her faith. Learn more at

Noelle Sterne publishes essays, writes craft articles, and spiritual pieces in many venues. With a PhD (Columbia University), Noelle coaches doctoral candidates to dissertation completion. Her book, Trust Your Life: Forgive Yourself and Go After Your Dreams (Unity Books), helps readers release regrets, re-label their pasts, and reach lifelong yearnings.

Loni Swensen and Lindsay are still dear friends who keep in touch between their current residences in Wyoming and Florida, respectively. Lindsay has two beautiful children and Loni had her first in February 2013. You can read about Loni’s daily adventures on her blog at

Beverly F. Walker resides in Greenbrier, TN and spends most of her time taking photographs and scrapbooking pictures of her grandchildren. She also is caregiver for her husband who is battling cancer and is thankful for the forty-seven years they have had together. She is published in nineteen Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Sally Walls loves to encourage people. Sharing her experiences through storytelling has been a great platform to accomplish that. She shares life with her husband and son in the Canadian Rockies. She is a certified public speaker and can be contacted at [email protected].

Kathy Whirity is a newspaper columnist who shares her sentimental musings on family life. Kathy is the author of Life Is a Kaleidoscope. She is also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Learn more at or e-mail Kathy at [email protected].

Priscilla Whitley attended the University of Missouri as well as Fordham University majoring in Creative Writing. She has worked at Simon & Schuster and as a contributing feature writer for Hersam Acorn Newspapers. As facilitator of the Candlewood Writer’s Group, Priscilla runs workshops for writers in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Crysta Windsor has retreated to her journals to find release, through writing, since she was small. Her other hobbies include painting and baking. She is currently finishing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree at Mount Royal University. She is an English major and plans to continue onto a master’s degree in 2014.

Julie Winn is a musician and freelance writer/editor living in the Toronto area with her husband and three children. Her hobbies include singing with the Amadeus Choir, composing music, studying French and German, and working on her blog, found at

Ferida Wolff is the author of books for both children and adults. Her essays and poems appear in anthologies, newspapers, magazines, and online at Read her nature blog at or e-mail her at [email protected].

Melissa Wootan enjoys refurbishing old furniture but is most passionate about writing. She has created a Facebook page to showcase both. ChIC vInTiQuE was designed to provide “Inspiration for the Heart and Home.” Contact Melissa at She’d also like to invite you to visit Tesi’s website at

Linda C. Wright lives on the Space Coast of Florida with her husband Richard and her four-legged friend Ginger. Several of her personal essays have been anthologized in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In her spare time, Linda teaches creative writing to at-risk teens and enjoys traveling, photography and bike riding. E-mail her at [email protected].

D. B. Zane teaches middle school history, is the mother of three, and always makes time to spend with just the girls. Her stories have appeared in other Chicken Soup for the Soul books and elsewhere. E-mail her at [email protected].

Sheri Zeck enjoys writing creative nonfiction stories that encourage, inspire and entertain others. She lives in Milan, IL with her husband and three daughters. She has contributed stories to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Guideposts, Angels on Earth, Farm & Ranch Living and other magazines. Learn more at

Lori Zenker lives in a small town in Ontario, Canada. She is a frazzled pastor’s wife and mom of three teenagers. She collects and sells old toys and junk, and spends all her extra time and money renovating her old house. This is her third story published by Chicken Soup for the Soul. E-mail her at [email protected].

Melissa Zifzal worked in newspaper and public relations as a writer, designer, and editor before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She enjoys volunteering at her children’s school and serving as a 4-H advisor. Melissa and her husband, Dwayne, live in Bloomingdale, OH with their sons, Ethan and Caleb, and daughter, Lindsey.

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