From Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul

Who Is Irene Dunlap?

Irene Dunlap, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul 2, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul, Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas Treasury for Kids, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2, and Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul began her writing career in elementary school when she discovered her love for creating poetry, a passion she believes to have inherited from her paternal grandmother. She went on to express her love for words through writing fictional short stories, lyrics, as a participant in speech competitions, and eventually as a vocalist.

During her college years, Irene traveled around the world as a student of the Semester at Sea program aboard a ship that served as a classroom, as well as home base, for over 500 college students. After earning a bachelor of arts degree in communications, she became the media director of Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California, and eventually co-owned an advertising and public-relations agency that specialized in entertainment and health-care clients.

In February 2004, Irene released her first book in a series titled TRUE—Real Stories About God Showing Up in the Lives of Teens, in order to encourage teens and young adults in their faith. TRUE Volume 2 followed in August 2007.

While creating difference-making books, Irene continues to carry on a singing career, performing various styles of music, but specializing in jazz.

Irene lives in Newport Beach, California, with her husband, Kent, daughter, Marleigh, son, Weston, and Australian shepherd, Gracie. In her spare time, Irene enjoys horseback riding, gardening, cooking, and painting. If you are wondering how she does it all, she will refer you to her favorite Bible passage for her answer—Ephesians 3:20.

If you would like to contact Irene, write to her at:

Irene Dunlap
P.O. Box 10879
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
e-mail: [email protected]
website: www.LifeWriters.com

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