From Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul

Who Is Patty Hansen?

Patty Hansen is coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul, and contributor of some of the most loved stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She is also the coauthor of Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul and Out of the Blue: Delight Comes into Our Lives.

A third-generation native of California, Patty was raised in Pleasant Hill where her mother, Shirley, still lives. Her sister, Jackie, lives in Oregon.

Prior to her career as an author, Patty worked for United Airlines as a flight attendant for thirteen years. During that time, she received two commendations for bravery. She received the first one when, as the only fight attendant on board, she prepared forty-four passengers for a successful planned emergency landing. The second was for single-handedly extinguishing a fire on board a mid-Pacific flight, thus averting an emergency situation and saving hundreds of lives.

Currently, as president of Legal and Licensing for Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc., she has helped to create an entire line of Chicken Soup for the Soul products.

In 1998, Mom’s House, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides free childcare for school-age mothers, chose Patty as Celebrity Mother of the Year. In the spring of 2000, the first annual “Patty Hansen Scholarship” was awarded by Mom’s House.

Patty shares her home life with her daughters Elisabeth and Melanie; housekeeper and friend, Eva; and three rabbits, one peahen, three horses, four dogs, five cats, five birds, three hamsters, twenty-five fish, twenty-seven chickens, 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
Phone: 949-645-5240 • Fax: 949-645-3203
e-mail: [email protected]
www.chickensoup.com or

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