WHO IS PATTY HANSEN?

From Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2

Who Is Patty Hansen?

Patty Hansen, with her partner Irene, authored Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul and Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas Treasury for Kids, books that kids ages nine through thirteen love to read and use as guides for everyday life. Patty is also the contributor of some of the most loved stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series; coauthor of Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul from Health Communications, Inc.; and Out of the Blue: Delight Comes into Our Lives from HarperCollins.

Because of her love for preteens, Patty created a Website, www.Preteenplanet.com, to give preteens a fun and safe cyberspace experience where they can also become empowered to make their world a better place.

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 flight attendant on board) she prepared forty-four passengers for a successful planned emergency landing. The second was for single-handedly extinguishing a fire onboard a mid-Pacific flight, thus averting an emergency situation and saving hundreds of lives.

After “hanging up her wings,” Patty became the chief financial officer for M.V. Hansen and Associates, Inc., in Newport Beach, California. 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 and licenses.

In 1998, Mom’s House, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides free childcare for school-age mothers, nominated Patty as Celebrity Mother of the Year. Each year since, the Patty Hansen Scholarship is funded by a $10,000 grant and is awarded by Mom’s House to deserving single mothers who wish to attend college.

Patty shares her home with her two daughters Elisabeth and Melanie; her mother, Shirley; housekeeper and friend, Eva; three rabbits, one peahen, one guinea hen, three horses, four dogs, eight cats, five birds, thirty-four fish, nine pigeons, twenty-seven chickens (yes, they all have names), 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.Preteenplanet.com

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