From Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul

Who Is Nancy Mitchell Autio?

Nancy Mitchell Autio is the director of all copyrights and permissions for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She graduated from Arizona State University in May of 1994 with a B.S. in nursing. After graduation, Nancy worked at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. Four months later, she moved back to the Los Angeles area and became involved with the Chicken Soup series. Nancy’s intentions were to help finish A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul and then return to nursing. However, in December of that year, Nancy continued on full time with Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc., working closely with Jack and Mark on all of the Chicken Soup for the Soul projects.

Nancy says that what she is most thankful for is her move back to Los Angeles. “If I hadn’t moved back to California, I wouldn’t have had the chance to be there for my mom during her bout with breast cancer.” Out of that struggle, Nancy coauthored Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul: 101 Stories of Courage and Inspiration from Those Who Have Survived Cancer. Little did she know that the book would become her own guide of inspiration when her dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999. Nancy says, “After reading and compiling thousands of stories, I feel very fortunate to be where I am in my life right now. I have my health and I married Kirk Autio in 1998: my lifelong partner to whom I personally dedicate this book. He has taught me the true meaning of love: the giving and the receiving of it.

Nancy also coauthored Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul and will be coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother’s Soul, which she hopes to be sometime in the near future!

Kirk and Nancy reside in Santa Barbara with their golden retriever, Kona, their “little mix” Piggy, and cats, Stoli and Squirt. You may contact Nancy at P.O. Box 30880, Santa Barbara, CA 93130 or by calling 805-563-2935 ext. 21.

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