Meet Our Contributors

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom's Survival Guide

Meet Our Contributors

Debbie Acklin has stories in numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books and was featured on the front page of her local paper and dozens of papers nationwide. She has been interviewed by a local TV station and a national radio station. Her first novel is almost complete. Contact her via e-mail at

Beth Andrews, LCSW, LAC, is a therapist, supervisor, college instructor, and mother. She has authored three self-help books for children: books about parental depression, parents with PTSD, and a military kid’s book about deployment, as well as numerous articles on parenting issues. Contact her via e-mail at

Peg Arnold received her master’s degree in 1995 from Johns Hopkins University. She freely shares her life experiences as teacher, counselor, wife, mother and grandmother of twins in unique, humorous, entertaining and touching ways through her writings and her Wonder of Women ministry. Visit her blog at

Dalene Bickel, writer and editor, is passionate about preserving life stories and family histories. She earned her B.A. degree in English and History from Chatham University in 1996. She is a volunteer and board member with JDRF Coastal Carolina Branch, which supports Type 1 diabetics. E-mail her at

Freelance writer Florence Calderone Blake has had more than 1,600 articles published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies in the past decade. She’s currently a reporter for various newspapers. Since its publication in 2010, she’s appeared on over 950 radio and TV stations discussing her memoir, The Sicilian Nobleman’s Daughter.

Beverly Burmeier is a former public school teacher turned freelancer. She writes for a variety of national and regional publications on topics including health, travel, lifestyle, family, and gardening. She lives in Central Texas and loves sharing stories about her children and grandchildren.

Pamela Hermanson Camel received her Bachelor of Science in marketing from Bellevue University in 2010. She currently is a stay-at-home mom and autism blogger. E-mail her at

Lucy Lemay Cellucci is the author of the Young Adult novel True Colours. She currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario, where she teaches dance. When she’s not teaching, writing, or child rearing, she enjoys mountain biking, and administering first aid on herself. Please visit her blog at

This is Sharon Love Cook’s third story for Chicken Soup for the Soul. She’s the author of the Granite Cove Mystery series and lives north of Boston with her husband and assorted rescued cats. Her babysitting ordeal has become a family legend. E-mail her at

D’ette Corona is the Assistant Publisher of Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC. She received her Bachelor of Science in business management. D’ette has been happily married for twenty-one years and has a seventeen-year-old son whom she adores.

Heather Davis is a momma, a writer and a blogger. She blogs at She is the author of the TMI Mom books, which include TMI Mom Bites the Big Apple, TMI Mom: Oversharing My Life and TMI Mom: Getting Lucky.

Linda C. Defew divides her time between writing and entertaining family and friends. Living on a farm, the summer involves gardening and food preservation; the fall and winter are spent taking pictures of wildlife out of her fourteen-foot enclosed tree stand. E-mail her at

Lynn Dove is the author of the award-winning Wounded Trilogy for young adults. She is a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies and her popular blog “Journey Thoughts” has won a Canadian Christian writing award. Readers may connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and on her blog at

Shawnelle Eliasen and her husband Lonny raise their bevy of boys near the Illinois banks of the Mississippi River. Shawnelle home teaches the youngest three. She contributes regularly to Chicken Soup for the Soul series and Guideposts magazine. Follow her adventures at “Family Grace with My Five Sons” on

Nicole Sweeney Etter is a freelance writer/editor in Milwaukee. She’s constantly inspired and challenged by life with her spirited preschooler and toddler, and she dutifully memorized the Thomas the Tank Engine theme song so she can sing it on command.

Melanie Fowler, author of Look At My Eyes, holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Speech Language Pathology and Special Education. Her son, William, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. She and her husband, Seth, continue to help others through speaking engagements and outreach initiatives. Learn more at

Angela Glenn received her bachelor’s degree from Central Missouri State in 2004 and master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. She lives in Maryland with her husband and their two daughters and writes about the journey of motherhood on her website “Time with A & N” at E-mail her at

Anastacia Grenda is a writer and editor who lives with her family in Southern California. E-mail her at

Gina Guilford received her M.F.A. degree in Screenwriting from University of Miami in 2003. A freelance writer for more than twenty years, Gina’s been published in magazines, newspapers and books. She’s currently writing restaurant news and reviews for the Examiner and working on a murder mystery set in Miami. Go Canes!

Rita Hancock, MD, (“Dr. Rita”) specializes in musculoskeletal medicine and pain management. She appears on national radio and TV and is a blogger ( and the author of Christian health and wellness books (Radical Well-Being and The Eden Diet). For more information about Dr. Rita, visit

Gloria Jean Hansen has penned columns and articles for local newspapers and magazines and written books for many years. She is a nurse educator/writer/bluegrass musician and hopes one day to retire to a cabin by the river to write full-time. Contact her at or link “Gloria Hansen”.

Kathy Lynn Harris is the author of two Amazon bestselling novels: Blue Straggler and A Good Kind of Knowing, which earned the top NFPW literary award in 2013. She also blogs and has written children’s books, magazine articles, short fiction, essays and poetry. Learn more at

Kimberly Henderson is a writer who lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with her handsome husband, three giggly girls, and one seriously spoiled Schnauzer. You can find this recovering perfectionist pressing through the toughest of days with humor, honesty, and the Word of God at her blog,

Marilee Herman received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in 1996. In addition to being a busy mother of four, ages 6-16, she teaches tap dance at San Juan College, helps in the family businesses, and serves in her church. E-mail her at

Mary Hickey is the mother of four children, three of whom are on the autism spectrum. She is a registered nurse in Boston, and has previously written for Chicken Soup for the Soul. She enjoys writing about her experiences of motherhood and raising children with special needs. E-mail her at

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

Erika Hoffman has authored several stories included in the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthology. She also writes essays, travel pieces, and humorous tales. Before she began penning her life one story at a time, she taught school, raised four kids, and took care of her elderly dad. Occasionally, she cooks a meal for her husband!

Keri Houchin graduated from Howard Payne University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cross-Cultural Studies. She lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with her husband and two children. When not writing, she runs a handmade business with her husband called Houchin’s House of Wizarding Wares.

Martha Hynson is a veteran multitasker. She raised three children (with a little help from her husband) while teaching preschool and earning a degree in Early Childhood Education. She then taught first grade and kindergarten. These days she enjoys encouraging a new generation of multitasking moms through her website

Joelle Jarvis’s passion has always been personal development. She has worked with many of the world’s most inspirational names, including Tony Robbins, and now has her dream job as Vice President of Marketing for Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her greatest love is her son Jackson. E-mail her at

April Knight is an artist and freelance writer. She enjoys riding horses and beachcombing. She collects antique inkwells. E-mail her at

Mimi Greenwood Knight is a freelance writer living in South Louisiana with her husband, David, and four spectacular kids. She enjoys gardening, baking, karate, knitting, Bible study, and has recently jumped on the backyard chicken wagon. Mimi is blessed to have essays in two dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Debbie Koharik teaches ESL and GED courses in Illinois. She served as a Korean linguist in the Army and, after completing an M.A. degree in English, earned a commission in the Air Force. She is a military spouse of seventeen years and mother of two busy teenagers. E-mail her at

Jacqueline Davidson Kopito received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in Corporate and Public Communication, with honors, from Seton Hall University. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America. She lives with her husband and two sons in Short Hills, NJ.

Becky Kopitzke is a freelance writer, devotional blogger, lunch packer, snowman builder and sidewalk chalk artist. She lives with her devoted husband and their two young daughters in northeast Wisconsin, where a pink indoor trampoline fills half the living room. Visit her blog,, for weekly mom-to-mom encouragement.

Kimber Krochmal lives in rural North Carolina. She has a large family consisting of not only her own children but other children she “adopted” over the years. They keep her young and are a constant source of inspiration.

Ann Kronwald holds a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii, and has a passion for writing. Her articles often highlight one of God’s Old Testament names, or narrate a tale of the wee folk in her life. She received first place in the 2011 Writers-Editors Network International Writing Competition.

Sharon Landeen, a retired elementary teacher, is a volunteer reading mentor and art teacher, blanket maker for Project Linus, 4-H leader, and avid University of Arizona basketball fan. Topping her list of favorite things to do, however, is spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Lori Lara is a writer, blogger, photographer, black belt martial artist, and homeschool mom. She passionately shares the hope and healing of Jesus with people struggling with addiction, PTSD, grief, and depression. She lives in Northern California with her husband Robert and two sons. E-mail her at

Kathryn Lay is the author of twenty-five children’s books and 2,000 articles, essays, and stories, including eleven in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She loves speaking to school children and writers. She and her husband own an antique/vintage business, Days Gone By. Visit her at or e-mail her at

Arlene Ledbetter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalton College. She has written adult Sunday school curriculum, magazine articles, and is an active member of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild. Her story “Chosen Last” appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids. Sample more of her work at

Lynne Leite has two great loves — faith and family. She is a speaker and author and desires to be a blessing to others by sharing stories of hope and inspiration. You can learn more about Lynne and read her devotional blog by visiting her website at

Kathleen Leopold is the mother of four very active kids. In addition to writing about her family adventures at, she co-runs the Autism blogs directory and is a writer and correspondent for The Autism Channel. E-mail her at

Janeen Lewis earned degrees in journalism and elementary education from Eastern Kentucky University. She has been published in more than a dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. Janeen lives in Smyrna, GA with her husband and two children.

Patricia Lorenz is the author of thirteen books and contributor to nearly sixty Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She’s mother of four, grandmother of eight, wife of one and enjoys following her dreams while she’s still awake in Largo, FL. If you’d like her to speak to your group, e-mail her at

Anita Love taught high school English until she had her first child. She now redirects her teaching passion into writing anecdotes to help busy families stay happy, intimate and intact. She started swinging trapeze lessons, and lives in Port Moody, B.C. with her husband, children, and chocolate Lab. Learn more at

Julie Luek is a nationally published writer and mom living in the mountains of Colorado. She enjoys hiking with her dog, Blue, and is a regular contributor to the websites Joyful Home and Life, and She Writes. She loves connecting with readers on Facebook at Julie Luek or Twitter @julieluek.

Shawn Marie Mann is a geographer and writer living in central Pennsylvania with her family. When not cooking chicken nuggets, she likes to travel within her home state and document the Pennsylvania Dutch Country for her website E-mail Shawn at

BJ Marshall is a freelance writer and mother of three trying to steer her household in a greener direction. Read about her adventures — the good, the bad and the hilarious — at Though she still occasionally loses her keys, she always checks her e-mail. E-mail her at

Brandy Lynn Maslowski is a career firefighter turned quilter. She now follows her passion as a quilt teacher, judge and the new host of Canadian Quilt Talk. She takes motherhood to the extreme with a balance of the nitty-gritty vs. snuggles and fun! E-mail her at

Randi Mazzella is a freelance writer who writes for many publications including New Jersey Family, Life with Teens and Your Teen. In addition, she blogs for the website Barista Kids ( Randi has been married for twenty-three years and is the mother of three children. E-mail her at

Amy McMunn is a native West Virginian living in Rochester, NY with her two sons, the dog and several creepy animals, which her son adores. She has been a parent to special needs for more than a decade and a past contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum. Learn more at

Kate Meadows is a freelance editor/writer and published author who helps communicate life stories. Her work appears in Writer’s Digest, Kansas City Parent, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband and two sons in Kansas City. Learn more at

Laura Garwood Meehan is a writer and editor as well as mother of three. She participated in the 2013 Sacramento Listen to Your Mother show and also enjoys sharing her parenting trials and joys on her blog. She has a master’s degree in publishing and runs her wordsmithing business in Sacramento.

Jane Miller is the founder of The Ruff Writers ( an intergenerational writing project and anti-bullying program. Jane and her husband Rick, a psychologist, live in Pittsburgh, PA with their sixteen-year-old daughter and dog Sadie. E-mail her at or

Marya Morin is a freelance writer. Her stories and poems have appeared in publications such as Woman’s World and Hallmark. Marya also penned a weekly humorous column for an online newsletter, and writes custom poetry on request. She lives in the country with her husband. E-mail her at

C. Muse is a writer, reviewer, teacher, and seeker of blue skies. She enjoys quality time with a good book in the backyard hammock. A published writer for over twenty years with credits ranging from Highlights for Children to English Journal, she continues pursuing the craft of writing.

Karen Nelson has a degree in education and is currently at work on her MFA in Creative Writing. She has published nonfiction articles, short stories, poetry, and educational curriculum, and now homeschools her children on a hobby farm in the Ozark Mountains. Visit her online at

Chantal Panozzo is an American writer living in Switzerland. Her work has appeared in publications on three continents, including The Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic Glimpse, Swiss News, and more. She is the author of the forthcoming Swiss Life: 29 Things I Wish I’d Known. Visit her at

Lisa Pawlak is a freelance writer and mother of two mischievous boys. Her work has been featured multiple times in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, as well as in Coping with Cancer magazine and The Christian Science Monitor. E-mail her at

Diana Perry lives in Columbus, OH. She writes for magazines and newspapers, and also writes juvenile books, teen novels, mysteries and action adventures. Currently she is on tour with The Weather by Heather and working on her next book, The Fairyland Pet Show. E-mail her at or

Jill Pertler touches hearts and funny bones with her weekly syndicated column, “Slices of Life,” printed in over 130 newspapers across the U.S. She is a playwright, author and has stories in three previous books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and two books in the Not Your Mother’s Book series. Follow Slices of Life on Facebook.

Mary C. M. Phillips is a writer of narrative essays and short stories. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies including the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Cup of Comfort series, and Bad Austen: The Worst Stories Jane Never Wrote. Visit her blog at

C. E. Plante is a teacher, author, freelance writer, and married mother of four. She recently published her first young adult novel entitled Out the Other Side and is a regular contributor for Grown Ups Magazine. E-mail her at

Jennifer Quasha is a freelance writer, mother, foster dog mom, wife, daughter, friend, volunteer, reader, traveler, and believer. She writes to live and lives to write. She loves Chicken Soup for the Soul and has been published in over ten of their books. Stories make the world interesting!

Susan R. Ray, a retired teacher, writes a weekly newspaper column, memoirs for her family, and stories for her grandchildren. She enjoys playing with her six grandchildren, baking bread, and sewing. Read her column “Where We Are” at or e-mail her at

Kim Reynolds received her B.A. degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal. Her fiction and essays have appeared in newspapers and the fiction anthology The Company We Keep. She lives in Canada with her husband, two children, a quiet dog and a noisy cat. Contact her at

Amelia Rhodes lives in West Michigan with her husband and two children. Her book, Isn’t it Time for a Coffee Break? Doing Life Together in an All-About-Me Kind of World, offers a fresh perspective on friendship. She enjoys running and drinking coffee with friends. Connect with Amelia at

Sara Rickover is the pseudonym of an award-winning author of short stories, essays, poetry, and novels. Sara has published the novel Playing the Game, a financial thriller. For more information about Sara and her novel, please see her Amazon Author Central page.

Sioux Roslawski is a third grade teacher in St. Louis, a freelance writer and a dog rescuer. As one of the five founding members of the infamous WWWP writing critique group, she’s constantly refining her craft. You can read more at

Marcia Rudoff is a retired educator, teaching memoir writing to adults on Bainbridge Island, WA, a short ferry ride from Seattle. She is the author of We Have Stories — A Handbook for Writing Your Memoirs, and a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Jeneil Palmer Russell blogs at about life with her Army husband Brandon and their daughters Rhema, who is nine, autistic, epileptic, beautiful, brilliant, funny and gentle-hearted, and Hope, who is six, silly, joyful, imaginative, kind and full of all the best of childhood. Jeneil is author of Sunburned Faces.

Mitali Ruths lives in Montreal, Canada with her family and dances with Ballet Coppélia’s excellent Adult Beginner class. One day, she dreams of doing a pirouette without falling flat on her face. Her stories have appeared in other Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. E-mail her at

Julie Sanders believes moms can find peace that passes understanding. From classrooms to churches to crossing cultures, she writes and speaks to inspire women around the world. Julie loves traveling, camping, and drinking tea with her husband and their two grown kids. Find Julie at “Come Have a Peace” at

Gwyn Schneck is retired from thirty years of teaching and counseling high school students. Currently she multitasks as a writer, speaker, wife, mom and most recently grandmother! She loves to bring life lessons and humor to audiences of parents, students, and women. Learn more at

Jaime Schreiner is a freelance writer from the Canadian prairies where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She has been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Hallmark, and numerous issues of Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family magazine. Find her at or e-mail

Denise Seagren-Peterson received her bachelor’s degree in human relations at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and a master’s degree in counseling psychology at St. Bonaventure University. Denise enjoys music, genealogy, history and spending time with her family. She has been writing a book about the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Ritu Shannon lives in beautiful British Columbia with her husband Jamie and their amazing kids, Priya and Keegan. This is Ritu’s third published story in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In addition to writing, Ritu enjoys tropical vacations, going for long walks, and spending time at the ocean.

Sarah Shipley is a full-time homeschooling mom of four girls, part-time employee and runs a backyard farm. When she’s not milking goats or preparing school lessons, she enjoys writing.

Diane Stark is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. She loves to write about the important things in life: her family and her faith. Visit Diane’s blog at or e-mail her at

Amy Stout is a wife, mommy, and autism advocate who loves travel, coffee houses, books and Jesus! As a child of the King, her tiara is often missing, dusty, bent out of shape, or crooked, but will always and forever be His “Treasured Princess.” Learn more at or e-mail her at

Annemarie (Nuzzo) Thimons is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. She grew up reading Chicken Soup for the Soul books and is thrilled to be a part of their community. Her three wonderful but crazy kids and husband Tom give her constant material to write about — including her first book series coming out in 2014! Keep in touch at

Eleanor Thomas retired in 2011 and has spent the three years since doing things she had no time for before. One of those things is writing stories. She hasn’t had much luck getting published, but she enjoys every minute of putting a tale together. Eleanor lives in Ottawa, Ontario. E-mail her at

Becky Tidberg is an English, creative writing, and theater teacher in northern Illinois. She has had the privilege of being Mom to more than 100 kids through birth, foster care, and group home work. Please check out Becky’s alter ego, the Worst Mother Ever, on Facebook or

Wendy Walker is an author and practicing attorney in Connecticut. She has two published novels, Four Wives and Social Lives, and has coauthored four Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Wendy divides her time between her two jobs and her three sons. She is at work on her third novel. You can find Wendy’s work at

Samantha Ducloux Waltz specializes in multitasking. Her favorite endeavor is offering readers inspiration, courage and a fresh perspective on life as the writer of more than sixty creative nonfiction stories published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and other anthologies. She has also published under the name Samellyn Wood.

Ferida Wolff is the author of books for both children and adults. Her essays and poems appear in anthologies, newspapers, magazines, and online She writes a nature blog and can be reached via e-mail at

Beth M. Wood is a mom of three, writer and marketing consultant. She has been published in several books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and both regional and national magazines. She blogs about life at and about business at Follow along on Twitter @a1972bmw.

Sheri Zeck enjoys writing creative nonfiction stories that encourage, inspire and entertain others. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three daughters. Sheri’s stories have appeared in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, Farm & Ranch Living and numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Visit her website at

More stories from our partners