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Who Is Jack Canfield?

Jack Canfield is the cocreator and editor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which Time magazine has called “the publishing phenomenon of the decade.” The series now has 105 titles with over 100 million copies in print in forty-one languages. Jack is also the coauthor of eight other bestselling books including The Success Principles:How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, Dare to Win, The Aladdin Factor, You’ve Got to Read This Book, and The Power of Focus: How to Hit Your Business and Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Certainty.

Jack has recently developed a telephone coaching program and an online coaching program based on his most recent book The Success Principles. He also offers a seven-day Breakthrough to Success seminar every summer, which attracts 400 people from fifteen countries around the world.

Jack has conducted intensive personal and professional development seminars on the principles of success for over 900,000 people in twenty-one countries around the world. He has spoken to hundreds of thousands of others at numerous conferences and conventions and has been seen by millions of viewers on national television shows such as The Today Show, Fox and Friends, Inside Edition, Hard Copy, CNN’s Talk Back Live, 20/20, Eye to Eye, the NBC Nightly News, and the CBS Evening News.

Jack is the recipient of many awards and honors, including three honorary doctorates and a Guinness World Records Certificate for having seven books from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series appearing on the New York Times bestseller list on May 24, 1998.

To write to Jack or for inquiries about Jack as a speaker, his coaching programs, or his seminars, use the following contact information:

The Canfield Companies
P.O. Box 30880 • Santa Barbara, CA 93130
phone: 805-563-2935 • fax: 805-563-2945
E-mail: [email protected] or
visit his website at

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?

In the area of human potential, no one is more respected than Mark Victor Hansen. For more than thirty years, Mark has focused solely on helping people from all walks of life reshape their personal vision of what’s possible. His powerful messages of possibility, opportunity, and action have created powerful change in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide.

He is a sought-after keynote speaker, bestselling author, and marketing maven. Mark’s credentials include a lifetime of entrepreneurial success and an extensive academic background. He is a prolific writer with many bestselling books, such as The One Minute Millionaire, Cracking the Millionaire Code, How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life, The Power of Focus, The Aladdin Factor, and Dare to Win, in addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Mark has made a profound influence through his library of audios, videos, and articles in the areas of big thinking, sales achievement, wealth building, publishing success, and personal and professional development.

Mark is the founder of the MEGA Seminar Series. MEGA Book Marketing University and Building Your MEGA Speaking Empire are annual conferences where Mark coaches and teaches new and aspiring authors, speakers, and experts on building lucrative publishing and speaking careers. Other MEGA events include MEGA Info-Marketing and My MEGA Life.

As a philanthropist and humanitarian, Mark works tirelessly for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Childhelp USA, and many others. He is the recipient of numerous awards that honor his entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropic heart, and business acumen. He is a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, an organization that honored Mark with the prestigious Horatio Alger Award for his extraordinary life achievements.

Mark Victor Hansen is an enthusiastic crusader of what’s possible and is driven to make the world a better place.

Mark Victor Hansen & Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 7665 • Newport Beach, CA 92658
phone: 949-764-2640 • fax: 949-722-6912

Who Is Patty Aubery?

As the president of Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises and a #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor, Patty Aubery knows what it’s like to juggle work, family, and social obligations—along with the responsibility of developing and marketing the more than 80 million Chicken Soup books and licensed goods worldwide.

She knows because she’s been with Jack Canfield’s organization since the early days—before Chicken Soup took the country by storm. Jack was still telling these heartwarming stories then, in his training programs, workshops, and keynote presentations, and it was Patty who directed the labor of love that went into compiling and editing the original 101 Chicken Soup stories. Later, she supported the daunting marketing effort and steadfast optimism required to bring it to millions of readers worldwide.

Today, Patty is the mother of two active boys—J.T. and Chandler— exemplifying that special combination of commitment, organization, and life balance all working women want to have. She’s been known to finish at the gym by 6:00 AM, guest-host a radio show at 6:30, catch a flight by 9:00 to close a deal—and be back in time for soccer with the kids. But perhaps the most notable accolade for this special working woman is the admiration and love her friends, family, staff, and peers hold for her.

Of her part in the Chicken Soup family, Patty says, “I’m always encouraged, amazed, and humbled by the storytellers I meet when working on any Chicken Soup book, but by far the most poignant have been those stories of women in the working world, overcoming incredible odds and—in the face of all challenges—excelling as only women could do.”

Patty is also the coauthor of several other bestselling titles: Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul, Christian Family Soul, and Christian Woman’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Sister’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Sister’s Soul 2, and Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul.

She is married to a successful international entrepreneur, Jeff Aubery, and together with J. T. and Chandler, they make their home in Santa Barbara, California. Patty can be reached at:

Self-Esteem Seminars
P.O. Box 30880
Santa Barbara, CA 93130
Phone: 805-563-2935 • Fax: 805-563-2945


Susanna Hickman Bartee is a military wife and freelance writer living in Missouri with her husband and five children and can be reached at [email protected]. Heather Best fell in love with writing at the age of thirteen when she won her first poetry contest. She is very involved in the youthministry at her church inMalvern, Arkansas, and loves sharing her life with her husband, Nic, and their two beautiful toddlers, Justus and Evan.

SG Birch received her bachelor of arts degree from Bishop’s University. She went on to study natural nutrition while at home with her two small children and is now a practicing registered holistic nutritionist, home-office mom, and nutrition writer. You can contact her at [email protected]

Heather Black is a writer living in Gainesville, Florida. Her story originally appeared in Woman’s World magazine.

Paula F. Blevins and her husband, David, live in Gallipolis, Ohio, with three wonderful kids and several pets that seem to keep multiplying. She is the author of the For HymnMystery Series and enjoys writing for children as well as adults. Contact Paula through her website at

Douglas M. Brown has been writing since the sixth grade. He has been published in religiousmagazines and Chicken Soup for the Latter-day Saint’s Soul. He and his wife, JuVene, live inWest Jordan, Utah, and have seven children. You may contact Doug at [email protected]

Stephanie Ray Brown of Henderson, Kentucky, has been happily married to her Webster County High School sweetheart for twenty years. She continues to adore him after all these years, especially when she looks at their daughter, Savannah, who has her daddy’s big brown eyes, and their son, Cameron, who has his dad’s perfect chin.

Kevin Butler is a stay-at-home dad and student of Murray State University’s creative writing program. He enjoys writing short stories of all genres and spending time with his beautiful wife and daughter. E-mail him at [email protected].

Martha Campbell is a graduate of Washington University, St. Louis School of Fine Arts, and a former writer/designer for Hallmark Cards. She has been a freelance cartoonist and book illustrator since 1973. She can be reached at P.O. Box 2538, Harrison, AR or at [email protected]

April Smith Carpenter, from Mississippi, is a wife and a proud mother of two. She received a bachelor of arts from Lambuth University and a master of arts in religion from Memphis Theological Seminary. She enjoys traveling, writing, football, and aerobics.

Robin Clifton lives in New Hope, Minnesota, with her husband, Jerry, and their four children. She grew up in the Minnesota river town of Red Wing, where her story takes place. The proud grandparents (her parents), Bob and Genere Gordish, still live there today.

Lynn Dean is a Colorado writer and mother of three. She has published over 500 articles inmore than 100 publications in over thirty-five states and several countries. Lynn specializes in the areas of parenting, health, lifestyle, and women’s issues. Please visit Lynn’s website at

Sue Diaz is an essayist, author, and writing teacher whose work has appeared in numerous regional and national publications, including Newsweek, Family Circle, Christian Science Monitor, Woman’s Day, and Reader’s Digest. She is also a frequent onair essayist on National Public Radio. Her website,, tells all.

Karen C. Driscoll lives with her husband and their four children in Connecticut.

Lisa Duffy-Korpics is a freelance writer and social studies teacher in Montgomery, New York. Her work has appeared in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She lives with her husband, Jason, ten-year-old daughter, Emmaleigh, and thirteen-year-old son, Charles . . . who no longer wears baby shoes!

Martine Ehrenclou received her master’s degree in psychology with honors from Pepperdine University in 2003. She is a copywriter for creative professionals and is working on a nonfiction healthcare book and a novel. She teaches writing classes to teenage girls at a rehab center near Los Angeles. E-mail Martine at [email protected]

Nancy Engler lives in Arizona with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. She enjoys writing children’s literature and her stories and poems have been published in a variety of places including Wee Ones, Boy’s Quest, and Story Friends. In her spare time, Nancy loves to read, paint, and draw.

Dorothy Firman is a coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Mother and Daughter Soul and the forthcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating Mothers and Daughters. She is also the coauthor of Daughters and Mothers: Making It Work. A speaker, workshop leader, and psychotherapist, Dorothy can be reached at [email protected]

Peggy Frezon is a freelance writer from New York. She is a frequent contributor to Guideposts, Sweet 16, Positive Thinking, and Angels on Earth.Herwork has also appeared in Teaching Tolerance, Soul Matters, and various Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Contact Peggy through her website at

Sally Friedman is the proud mother of three adult daughters who taught her many of life’s lessons. She has been a freelance writer for three decades, with work published in the New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle, and Home, along with newspapers around the country. E-mail her at [email protected]

Jonny Hawkins dedicates his “fountain of youth” cartoon in this book to his precious baby girl who awaits in the womb and to her mother, his wife, Carissa, who is going to be a new mom . . . again. His cartoons have appeared in hundreds of publications and in annual cartoon-a-day calendars and books. He can be reached at [email protected]

Cindy Hval and her husband, Derek, are raising four sons, ages six through sixteen, in Spokane, Washington. Her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul and in Northwest Woman and ByLine magazines. She’s currently a correspondent for the Spokesman Review newspaper. Contact her at [email protected]

Eva Juliuson eventually remarried after her first husband Steve’s death. She and her husband, Dwight, share seven children and seven grandchildren. Besides sharing her passion for God through writing, Eva sends out short, regular e-mail prayers to encourage others in a deeper prayer life. To receive them, contact her at [email protected]

Elizabeth Kann is a doctor who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. Her essays have appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, SHE Caribbean, Chocolate for the Soul Volume II, and elsewhere. She and her sister coauthored the children’s picture book, Pinkalicious (HarperCollins 2006). Visit her online at

Susan A. Karas is a freelance writer who has been published in Guideposts, Sweet 16, and Positive Thinking magazines, among others. Her proudest achievement to date is winning a coveted spot in a national writing contest. When she is not writing, Susan enjoys reading and gardening. Contact her at [email protected]

Julie Bloss Kelsey is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom. She enjoys writing magazine articles and stories for children. Her work has appeared in Washington Parent and Natural Family Online. Julie lives inMarylandwith her husband, John, and their two young boys. You can reach her at [email protected]

Mary Knight is an inspirational writer, speaker, and workshop facilitator. “First Night Home” is excerpted from “Love Letters Before Birth and Beyond,” a mother’s journal for pregnant and newmoms. Her son, Zach, is now twenty-seven years old, 6' 2", and a cellist! For more about Mary and her book, visit or e-mail her at [email protected]

Mimi Greenwood Knight is a freelance writer and mother of four living in what’s left of South Louisana. Her work has appeared in Parents Magazine, American Baby, Working Mother, Christian Parenting Today, and others. She’s especially proud to have her essays appear in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Karen Koczwara received her bachelor of arts in English literature from Chico State University in 2000. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and four children, ages one through ten. When she is not changing diapers or chauffering children to soccer games, Karen enjoys writing, playing piano, cooking, and scrapbooking.

Tom Krause is an international motivational speaker specializing in educational audiences and parent groups. He lives in Nixa, Missouri, with wife, Amy, and two redheaded boys, Tyler and Sam.

Trina Lambert is a Colorado-based writer, volunteer, and at-home mom. She lives with her husband, daughter, and son. Although she misses the days of nursing, Trina is knee-deep in homework, car pools, and other activities. True confession: her kids are in high school now! Find out more about Trina at

Kathryn Lay is a full-time writer living in Texas with her family. She writes for magazines and anthologies and is the author of a children’s novel, Crown Me! and a soon-to-be-published picture book, Josh’s Magic Pumpkin. Check out her website at or e-mail her at [email protected]

Ginger LeBlanc works in public relations and lives with her husband, her son, and her feisty wiener dog in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]

Tanya Lentz is a wife and a mother of three. She received her bachelor of science in marriage, family, and human development fromBrighamYoung University in 2001.

She is passionate about writing, nature, and family. Her story “Meeting Jeanie” appears in Chicken Soup for the Mother of Preschooler’s Soul.

Shannon Dunn Lowe lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Mac, and her four children. Between PTA meetings and loads of laundry, she writes a daily faith and parenting blog at

CatherineMadera is a contributing writer for Guidepostsmagazine. Her stories, both ghosted and personal, have appeared in Guideposts, Positive Thinking, and various anthologies. She also enjoys writing for equine publications and is an avid horseback rider. Catherine lives with her husband and two children in the Pacific Northwest. Contact her at

Stephanie McCarty writes the column, Fumbling Toward Motherhood, which appears regularly in print and online publications. She worked in public affairs for more than a decade before launching her writing career. Please contact her at [email protected] or visit to read more of her work.

DahlynnMcKowen is a loving wife, dedicated mother of two, and full-time author. An active coauthor for Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Dahlynn has createdmany new titles, including Fisherman’s Soul, Entrepreneur’s Soul, and the upcoming Soul in Menopause, Red Hat Society Soul, and Sisters’ and Brothers’ Soul. Contact her at

Carol Sjostrom Miller and her husband, Jack, live in New Jersey with their daughters, Stephanie and Lauren. Her articles, essays, and humor pieces—written while her family sleeps—have appeared in Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, The Christian ScienceMonitor, and Chicken Soup for theMother and Daughter Soul. She can be reached at [email protected]

Stephanie Mirmina is an elementary school reading specialist. She lives in Arlington, Virginia. She loves traveling, reading, cooking, and hanging out with her husband and new son.

Lava Mueller spent much of her early years of motherhod on the phone with Adriana Elliot, generating raw material for their play, Mommy Talk, a comedy in three acts about motherhood, sexuality, and anger. Lava lives in southern Vermont with her husband, Andy, and her children, Sophie and Max. Contact her at [email protected] Barbara Nicks began writing poems soon after the birth of her first child, who is now one of her sixth-grade students in east Texas. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and traveling with her family. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Linda O’Connell has been published in Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul, several literary and mainstream magazines, newspapers, and online journals. She leads a

senior citizen writers’ group and has been an early childhood educator for thirty years. Linda enjoys camping with her husband. Contact her at [email protected]

Mark Parisi’s “off the mark” comic panel has been syndicated since 1987 and is distributed by United Media. Mark’s humor also graces greeting cards, T-shirts, calendars, magazines, newsletters, and books. Please vist his website at Lynn is his wife/business partner, and their daughter, Jen, contributes with inspiration (as do three cats).

Kathleen Partak lives in northern California with her husband, Dave, and their young son, Mason. Besides penning a weekly e-mail column for the past seven years, Kathleen also writes for local publications on topics including real estate mortgages, today’s technology, and military life (Dave is a National Guard member). She can be reached at [email protected]

Maggie Wolff Peterson has been a professional writer for twenty-five years, with pieces published nationally, regionally, and locally. She lives in Virginia with her husband, son, and dog.

Becky Povich began pursuing her writing career when she was in her forties. She wrote about her family, both past and present, in a local newspaper. She is working on publishing a book of her stories in 2007. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Joe Rector is a high school English teacher and a freelance columnist. He writes for three newspapers in Knoxville and has written feature stories for Sweets magazine. Future endeavors include finding a publisher for his book of columns and starting a new magazine for teachers. Contact him at [email protected]

Sallie Rodman is a freelance writer living in Los Alamitos, California. She has contributed to numerous Chicken Soup anthologies, various magazines, and the Orange County Register. Sallie enjoys inspirational writing, reading, and writing, and family barbecues, especially when all her children and grandchildren can get together at one time. E-mail her at [email protected]

Dan Rosandich has published cartoons for thirty years. Dan’s cartoons have appeared inmagazines like Barron’s, Good Housekeeping and, Reader’s Digest. Dan operates on a fulltime basis where he features a new cartoon every day. You can access over 3,000-plus of his cartoons for any professional project. E-mail him at [email protected]

Ruth Rotkowitz is a freelance writer and English teacher. She has published poetry and nonfiction in Piano Press, Shemom, Expecting, Hopscotch, and the Woman’s Newspaper of Princeton, where she served as a staff writer and member of the editorial board. She is currently at work on a novel.

Lahre Shiflet has had her artwork featured in four Chicken Soup for the Soul titles. A high school student, Lahre is an accomplished musician, combining her piano and vocal talents in creating original musical scores on her Mac computer. She is also an aspiring model and actor.

Maggie Lamond Simone is an award-winningwriter and graduate ofWilliamSmith College and the S. I. Newhouse School of Communications. Her essays have appeared in Misadventures of Moms and Disasters of Dads; Hello, Goodbye; and Cosmopolitan. She is the author of two children’s books and an upcoming memoir. Laura Smith is the author of the children’s book Cantaloupe Trees and numerous short stories. She graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Laura lives in Oxford, Ohio, with her husband and their four children. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Elva Stoelers is an award-winning Canadian writer. Her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul, and Recovering Soul Daily Inspirations. As well as being broadcast on CBC Radio, Elva has been published internationally in many small press parenting magazines.

Lois Greene Stone, writer and poet, has been syndicated worldwide. Poetry and personal essays have been included in hardcover and soft-cover book anthologies. Collections of her personal items/photos/memorabilia are in major museums, including twelve different divisions of the Smithsonian.

Michael Floyd Thompson loves spending time with wife Stephanie and daughter Micah, now four. Whether hiking around their land on “adventures” or snuggling together for family night movies, Micah loves spending time with Daddy. Reach him at P.O. Box 1502, Edmond, OK 73083 or at [email protected]

StephanieWelcher Thompson is a first-timemomat forty-one, who enjoys life with husband Michael and daughter Micah, now four. A contributor to Guideposts, Angels on Earth, Positive Thinking, and Sweet 16, her stories have appeared in eight Chicken Soup books. Reach her at P.O. Box 1502, Edmond, OK 73083 or at [email protected]

Jacinda Townsend, a 2003–4 fiction fellow at the University ofWisconsin and a 2002 Hurston Wright Award finalist, has published fiction in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. A former Fulbright fellow and graduate of both Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she teaches at Southern Illinois University.

Cristy Trandahl is a freelance writer and mother of six. She has been a teacher and writer for the nation’s leading student progress monitoring company. Today she educates her children at their home in rural Minnesota. Contact her to speak at your mom’s group at [email protected]

Mary Vallo is a writer, mother of three children, and editor of the regional magazine The Parent Paper. She is pursuing a master of arts in writing at Manhattanville College. She lives in Pearl River, New York. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Barbara Warner lives with her husband, Brian, and three children outside Dallas, Texas. A former high school English teacher, she is currently an at-home mother and freelance writer. She also has a sister, Laura, who she didn’t mention in this story, but who she loves very much. E-mail her at [email protected]

Stefanie Wass lives in Hudson, Ohio, with her husband and two girls. She enjoys writing, reading, teaching Sunday school, and spending time with family. Her essays can be found online at

Emily Weaver is a children’s book author living in Springfield, Missouri. As a stay-at-home mother of two, her days are filled with imagination and creativity. Emily enjoys traveling, gardening, and cooking. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

June Williams is in the process of being broken down by her four grandkids, after being broken in by her two kids! She and her husband,Mac, love to have the whole family visit their little house in Brush Prairie, Washington.

GloriaWooldridge resides in Prince Edward Island, Canada, with her husband and two daughters. She works part-time as an education assistant and is involved in

facilitating small group ministry in her local church. She would like to continue to develop as a writer. Gloria may be contacted at [email protected]

Bob Zahn has had thousands of his cartoons and several of his humor books published. A catalog of his cartoons can be seen at

Jeanne Zornes, of Washington State, first encountered motherhood at age thirty-five; her son and daughter are now young adults. She’s the author of several books, including one she says her children inspired: When I Prayed for Patience, God Let Me Have It! Learn more about her conference speaking at

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