From Chicken Soup for the Father & Daughter Soul


Amy Adair is a freelance writer who lives in Elmhurst, Illinois. She’s married to Jonathan, and they have one son, Joshua.

Nancy C. Anderson ( has been writing and speaking to women and couples for twenty years. She lives in Southern California with her husband of twenty-six years and their teenage son. Nancy is the author of Avoiding the “Greener Grass” Syndrome: Growing Affair-Proof Hedges Around Your Marriage (Kregel Publications, 2005).

Linda Apple lives in Springdale, Arkansas, with her husband, Neal, their five children and two grandchildren. She is a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries.

Linda is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living Your Dreams. E-mail her at [email protected]

Ruth Barden has a master’s degree in education and taught high school family studies for twenty years. She currently runs a restaurant business with her husband. She enjoys golf, reading and travel.

Carol McClain Bassett is the editorial assistant with a company that publishes health curricula for public schools. Her young-adult children, Susie and Bobby, are her greatest joy. She is a nutrition consultant, a victorious cancer survivor and loves to be outdoors enjoying nature. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Timothy P. Bete is the author of In the Beginning There Were No Diapers (Sorin Books, 2005). His award-winning humor column has been published in more than a dozen parenting magazines. More of his work can be found at

Janelle Breese Biagioni is a published author and national speaker. Her work includes Head Injuries: The Silent Epidemic and A Change of Mind: One Family’s Journey Through Brain Injury. Her story “Remember with Courage” is published in Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul. Janelle resides in Victoria, British Columbia.

Larry Bodin received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas) in 1970. Currently, he is editor of, a Web site devoted strictly to Texas high-school sports. He loves traveling, reading and visiting his two grandchildren in New Hampshire. Please e-mail him at [email protected]

Bobbie Bonk received her M.A. from La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has recently fulfilled a longtime dream of becoming a spiritual director. Bobbie enjoys sharing stories of faith and is writing an inspirational book based on women in the Bible. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Ted Bosley was a traveling salesman for most of his working years until his retirement in 1993. He spent endless hours writing about his thoughts, experiences and loves for the enrichment of his own soul. Ted sadly passed away in 2001 and is sorely missed. Any comments on his story can be fowarded to his daughter at [email protected]

Lana Brookman lives in a small town in western Wisconsin. When not busy as a communications instructor for the district technical college, she enjoys traveling, writing, reading and spending time with friends and family. Her goal is to learn something new every day.

Linda Bryant was born in England and moved to the United States in 1983. She works at a Barnes & Noble bookstore and has run a book discussion group there for seven years. After her husband and children, her passion is the theater. Linda has been writing letters for the past twenty years.

Martin Bucella is a full-time freelance cartoonist/humorous illustrator whose work has been published over 100,000 times in magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, books and on the Internet. To see more of Marty’s work, visit his Web site at

Isabel Bearman Bucher, a retired teacher, has been writing, with no training, since 1984. She was raising teenagers, and saying it on paper with words seemed better than committing murder. She’s published dozens of articles in many genres and has completed two books: Nonno’s Monkey: An Italian American Memoir and Tweet Irene, the story of a miraculous little house sparrow that lived with her family loosely for three years. Isabel and her husband, Robert, continue their honeymoon with life, changing homes throughout the world, walking mountains and finding adventures.

Freelance writer Renie Burghardt was born in Hungary. She has contributed to many anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul and Horse Lover’s Soul. She lives in the country and loves nature, animals, gardening, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Aletheia Lee Butler earned her Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in early childhood education from Atlanta Christian College in 2000. She is currently teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Douglasville, Georgia. You can e-mail her at [email protected]

Martha Campbell is a graduate of Washington University of 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, Arizona 72602, phone 870-741-5323 or by e-mail at [email protected]

Emily Chase is the author of Why Say No When MY Hormones Say GO? (Christian Publications, 2003). Each year, she speaks to thousands of teens about sexual self-control. She misses playing dominoes and doing crosswords with her father-in-law who recently died. You can reach Emily at [email protected]

Ann Clarke is an award-winning photographer, writer and speaker. Today she and her husband, Dick, live in the Colorado foothills near their son Rich, his wife, Shannon, and their daughter, Delaney. Contact Ann through her Web site at

Harriet Cooper is a freelance humorist and essayist living in Toronto, Canada. Her humor, essays, articles, short stories and poetry have appeared in newspapers, magazines, Web sites, newsletters, anthologies, on radio and on a coffee can. She specializes in writing about family, relationships, cats, psychology and health. Please reach her at [email protected]

Karen L. Cooper is a happiliy married mother of two grown sons and one daughter-in-law. You may e-mail her at [email protected] She continues to speak to her father almost every day.

John Cox is a professional speaker, author and father who travels to schools, camps, conferences and churches, combining humor and compelling stories with practical skills that work in everyday life. John’s recent experience on Extreme Makeover Home Edition makes him a crowd favorite anywhere he goes. You can reach John at 805-403-2646 or [email protected].

Patti Davis’s book, The Long Goodbye, is being released in November 2005 by Knopf. She has written for numerous magazines, including Time, Newsweek, Ladies’ Home Journal, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country as well as the L.A. Times, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Lynn Dean is a writer and the mother of three. She has published more than 500 nonfiction articles that have appeared in over 100 publications in at least thirty-five states. Lynn specializes in the areas of parenting, women’s issues, lifestyle and education. Write to Lynn at P.O Box 146, Timnath, CO 80547.

Dan DeVries received his Bachelor of Science degree in electronic engineering technology from the DeVry Institute of Technology in 1984 and is currently an engineering manager for the Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington. Dan enjoys fishing, camping and spending time with his wife and five children. Dan can be rached at [email protected]

Danny Dugan received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in communications from Slippery Rock University in 1979. He has been a police officer in O’Hara Township, Pennsylvania, for twenty-five years and a freelance writer since 1998. Danny enjoys camping, fishing and writing for varied publications. Please e-mail him at [email protected]

Sylvia Duncan is a former library manager, now a published author who won her first writing award when she was ten. She swims, teaches, writes and is a professional storyteller. She values memories of her dad, Fred Goodwin’s encouragement, and appreciates continued support from writing-group friends and her family.

T. Suzanne Eller is the author of Real Issues, Real Teens and is a conference speaker to teens, parents of teens and women. She is an Oklahoma girl who loves writing and riding horses. You can find out more at or [email protected] Suzie’s dad is doing well. He just returned from Canada where he fished for pike and hung out with the bears.

Gail Eynon (Diaz) lives in Hilo, Hawaii, and is the mother of two, grandmother of four, and a writer and motivational speaker on domestic violence. She has a story in Chicken Soup to Inspire the Body & Soul and has been published in many magazines. Visit her at

Linda Ferris is a registered nurse practicing in Michigan. She enjoys quilting, traveling and writing. She has published stories in the book Heartwarmers, Venice Golf Coast Magazine and Today’s Christian Woman. Her son has been married to Carrie for two years, and they just bought their first new home. Linda can be reached at [email protected]

Cynthia Fonk is owner and president of a national health and safety consulting and training company. Cindy lives on a ranch in Colorado with her husband, John. Together they raise alpacas and Appaloosa horses. Visit their live Web site, “BarnCam,” at

LaDonna Gatlin left a promising musical career to follow her heart and “sing a different song” apart from her brothers (country music’s legendary Gatlin Brothers). She inspires audiences to live life from the inside out and stay true to their core values. Her unique style blends music, humor and personal stories that entertain while driving home a powerful message. She can be contacted at

Nancy B. Gibbs is a weekly religion columnist, author and motivational speaker. Nancy has had over a dozen stories published in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her writings have appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies and devotional guides. Visit her Web site at You can contact her at P.O. Box 53, Cordele, GA 31010 or via e-mail at [email protected]

Ron Gold has been a professional writer for some forty years. He specializes in inspiration stories, memoirs and poetry. He also writes résumés, personal love stories, college entry essays and ethical wills.

For Naida Grunden, writing is both avocation and vocation. A writer and public relations professional for over twenty years, Naida currently serves as communications director for a healthcare consortium in Pittsburgh. She spends her spare time quilting, playing piano and cello, and gardening. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Donna Gudaitis is a homemaker from Pleasanton, California. She and her husband of thirty-five years, Gary, raised three great kids and now enjoy spoiling two little grandchildren. Donna finds comfort in writing about her real-life situations. Donna’s e-mail address is [email protected]

Abigail R. Gutierrez graduated from the University of Nevada with a degree in film production. She has completed several romantic comedy screenplays, one of which won her the “Best Achievement in Screenwriting” honor from her professors. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Deb Haggerty is an author and speaker who lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, Roy. Deb is a breast cancer “victor” and is active with the Florida Breast Cancer Coalition. She speaks and writes on the topics of communication, networking and breast cancer. E-mail her at [email protected]

Ruth A. Hancock has been published in magazines, hospice journals and books, including Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Volunteer Soul, Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul and Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul. Her stories are based on her interests as a hospice volunteer, wife of an Episcopal priest, mother and her career in the fashion industry. E-mail her at [email protected]

Bonnie Compton Hanson, a writer and speaker, is author of several books for adults and children, including the Ponytail Girls series for girls. Her hundreds of published poems and articles include those in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. You can contact Bonnie at 3330 S. Lowell St., Santa Ana, CA 92707; 714-751-7824; or [email protected]

Carol D. Haynes, a 1968 graduate of Oswego State University, has been employed in pre-press at Speedway Press in Oswego for thirty-three years. She is also an auto-racing journalist and public-relations spokesperson for that sport. She enjoys photography, traveling and reading. Carol’s daughter, Jennifer, resides in Florida and works for Borders/Waldenbooks.

Stephanie Marlow James is a freelance writer who writes nonfiction and poetry. A book of poetry and a novel are in the works. She resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and daughter, who are prime sources of her inspiration. Please contact her at [email protected]

Louise Tucker Jones is an award-winning author and inspirational speaker. Her books include Dance from the Heart and Extraordinary Kids (coauthored), along with contributions to over a dozen compilation books and numerous magazines, including Guideposts. Louise has an M.A. in creative writing and resides in Edmond, Oklahoma. E-mail her at [email protected]

Marna Malag Jones raised a family and retired early from the personnel placement field. She has presented career-fulfillment seminars and is researching information for a new seminar about caring for aging parents. This story is part of a book she’s writing about her father’s life. Contact her at [email protected]

Sally Kelly-Engeman is a freelance writer who’s had numerous short stories and articles published. In addition to reading, researching and writing, she enjoys ballroom dancing and traveling with her husband. She can be reached at [email protected]

Nancy Julien Kopp began writing late in life. She has been a teacher, wife, mother and grandmother, and still enjoys teaching through the written word. Nancy writes stories for children, nonfiction and poetry. Her work has been published in magazines and several Web e-zines. Writing feeds her soul.

Margaret Lang received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1963. She teaches women and children’s groups in California. Margaret has one story accepted for publication and three under consideration. Her daughter is a physician/missionary, and her son is a youth pastor. Margaret has one granddaughter.

Patricia Lorenz is an art-of-living writer and speaker and the author of five books, including her latest three: Life’s Too Short to Fold Your Underwear, Grab the Extinguisher: My Birthday Cake’s on Fire (Guidepost Books, 800-431-2344) and Great American Outhouse Stories: The Hole Truth and Nothing Butt (Infinity Publishing, 877-289-2665). Patricia is one of the top contributors to the Chicken Soup for the Soul books with twenty-six stories in twenty-two of them so far. For information about hiring her as a speaker, visit her Web site at or e-mail her at [email protected]

Al D. Luebbers has a Bachelor of Arts degree in behavioral science. He is currently working as a prison warden for the State of Missouri and is an avid golfer. Al has been married for seventeen years and is heavily involved with raising two children. His daughter is currently enrolled in elementary school in southeast Missouri.

The father of three beautiful children, Steven H. Manchester is the published author of The Unexpected Storm: The Gulf War Legacy, A Father’s Love, Jacob Evans and At the Stroke of Midnight, as well as several books under the pseudonym Steven Herberts. Three of his screenplays have also been produced as films. Visit his Web site at

Judith Marks-White is a columnist for the Westport News (Westport, Connecticut), where her weekly column, “The Light Touch,” has appeared every Wednesday for the past twenty years. Ms. Marks-White is a freelance writer, lecturer and adjunct professor of English at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut as well as an instructor in humor writing. Her work has appeared nationally in newspapers and magazines. She is presently working on a novel.

Bettye Martin-McRae, a freelance writer and speaker for forty years, cared for her aging cowboy-farmer father for thirteen years. At seventy-one, this great-grandmother plows with mules, drives them to a wagon and self-publishes “books from the heart of an ol’ Texas gal.” (Her books are illustrated by Western humorist and cowpoke cartoonist Ace Reid.) Visit her Web site at Contact Bettye at [email protected] or 325-235-9969.

Janet Lynn Mitchell is a wife, mother, author and inspirational speaker. She is the coauthor of A Special Kind of Love: For Those Who Love Children with Special Needs, published by Broadman and Holman and Focus on the Family, 2004. Janet can be reached at [email protected] or faxed at 714-633-6309.

Raymond L. Morehead is of Scottish descent by birth, a philosopher by inclination, a romantic sentimentalist at heart and a Pacific Northwest mountain man by choice. He believes in God, family, freedom, loyalty and honor. He lives by the mottos: “Remembering the men and women from whence I came so that they may live on”; “Can’t never did anything, you have only to try and try again!” and “By the help of God try again.” His ancestral motto is: “Auxilio Dei” [by or with the help of God].

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 visit his Web site at Lynn is his wife/business partner and their daughter, Jenny, contributes with inspiration (as do three cats).

Debra Ann Pawlak, a freelance writer from Farmington, Michigan, lives with her husband, Michael, and has two children, Rachel and Jonathon. She published a book on Farmington history and completed a screenplay about Clara Bow. Debra contributes regularly to The Mediadrome (, an online magazine for thinking people. E-mail her at [email protected]

Donna Pennington specialized in psychiatric nursing before becoming a full-time mom. Now that her children are older, she has written two novels and is pursuing a freelance writing career. Her dad is still a big part of her life, and they are currently restoring a classic boat together.

Tom Prisk has been a published cartoonist since 1977. His work has appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, The Best Cartoons from the Saturday Evening Post, Woman’s World, Reader’s Digest, Yankee Magazine, Writer’s Digest, The Best Cartoons from Leadership and more. He may be e-mailed at [email protected] Visit his Web site at

Joyce Rapier, a native of Van Buren, Arkansas, is the author of two books: Windy John’s Me ’N Tut and Windy John’s Rainbow and the Pot o’ Gold. Her third book, Whisper My Name, was released in 2004. You may view Joyce’s works at

Michele Bazan Reed is a magazine editor and writer of fiction, nonfiction and haiku. She dedicates “Cash Rewards” to her father, Bill Bazan, “one of the greatest storytellers and letter writers I have ever known.” She and her husband, Bill Reed, are the parents of two and live on the shore of Lake Ontario.

Carol McAdoo Rehme, one of Chicken Soup’s most prolific contributors, believes daddies are God’s blessings to daughters of any age. Carol directs a nonprofit, Vintage Voices, Inc., which brings interactive programming to the vulnerable elderly. Contact her at [email protected];

Kimberly A. Ripley is a freelance writer from New Hampshire. A wife and mother of five, as well as a homeschooling parent, her family provides lots of antics about which she writes. Visit Kim at Isabel Corr Rizzo writes children’s books, poetry and short stories. For many years, Isabel has been a storyteller at local schools, using Irish children’s stories that she wrote. Isabel enjoys writing, cooking, music and painting. She studied journalism, writing a column and articles for a newspaper. Please reach her at [email protected]

Christie Lyn Rogers credits her story to her mom, who is the author of the family! Christie Lyn Rogers is blessed to live so close to her mother and her perfectly amazing dad! They truly are chicken soup for her soul.

Tracy Ryzan Ross is an aspiring author, public speaker and entreprenuer from Orlando, Florida. She is working on her first book, due out in 2005, entitled My Life As a Zebra, which addresses growing up interracial. Tracy plans to write a series of Zebra books. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Wanda Rosseland has been published in the anthologies Woven on the Wind and Crazy Woman Creek, and is currently working on a book about Montanans who have seen angels. She has written many articles and writes for Guideposts magazine. You may e-mail her at [email protected]

Linda Saslow is a contributing reporter for The New York Times on Long Island. She is also the author of three published nonfiction books, and just completed her first novel, inspired by a true story. When she is not writing, she enjoys yoga, jogging and just hanging out with her family.

Elaine Ernst Schneider is a freelance writer who has published articles, songs and children’s work. Presently, Elaine is a freelance curriculum author for Group Publishing and Pearson/Prentice-Hall. She is the managing editor of Lesson Tutor, a lesson-plan Web site that can be found at Her latest book, Taking Hearing Impairment to School, was released in February 2004 by JayJo Books, a Guidance Channel company. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Maity Schrecengost is a retired elementary school teacher. She is the author of two award-winning historical fiction books for young readers, Tasso of Tarpon Springs and Panther Girl, as well as eductional materials for teachers. Maity loves making author visits to schools. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Louis Schutz (his friends call him “Uncle Louie”) is the owner of Prestige Art Galleries, Inc. in Skokie, IL, a third generation fine art gallery. Happily married to Judy and father of two wonderful daughters, Anna who is a wonderful actress and Laura who is his fishing buddy.

JoAnn Semones, Ph.D., is a self-described “coastal critter” who lives in Half Moon Bay, California. Her stories have appeared in a variety of maritime history, health and environmental publications. She loves the sea, classical music and participating in local coastal volunteer projects. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Ilan Shamir lives in Colorado and is the author of Advice from a Tree and A Thousand Things Went Right Today! books, journals and posters available at He delivers empowering keynotes and trainings to organizations, conferences and events. Ilan has planted over fifty thousand trees to replace paper used in his business.

Deborah Shouse lives and writes in Prairie Village, Kansas. She is a speaker, writer and creativity catalyst. Her writing has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Family Circle and Ms. Visit her Web site at

Dena Smallwood says she tries to live up to the ideals her father taught her every day. She and her husband live and work on a 9,000-acre ranch in Nebraska where she’s pursuing her dream of working in the outdoors with animals. She continues to write in her spare time.

Holly Smeltzer is a Christian wife and mother from Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. She writes stories and poems from a heart filled with gratitude to God, who saved her and guides her daily. You can e-mail her at [email protected]

Pam Smith, a member of the baby-boom generation, lives in Mount Vernon, Indiana, and has been writing poetry for eleven years. She has been married for thirty-five years to John, who is her biggest fan. They have three daughters, Shannon, Jennifer and Misti, who have presented them with eight grandchildren, Nicholas, Tara, Austin, Seth, Averie, Johnathan, Brandon and Zackary. She started writing poems for her grandchildren. Her oldest grandson, Nicholas, called them “story poems.” The poems she writes now can still be included in this catagory. Most of her poems are from her life and the lives around her.

Jerry Snider is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, a graduate of Ohio University and an avid marathon runner. He enjoys working for the American Red Cross and the Special Wish Foundation. He can be contacted at P.O. Box 1129, Lancaster, Ohio 43130.

Courtney Lynne Soucy currently lives with her mom and two sisters. She has the best boyfriend in the world, Mike. Courtney was inspired to write this story because she wanted people to read about her dad. She is honored to have her work published in this series.

John St. Augustine is the award-winning creator and host of Power Talk Radio. He is a sought-after speaker on human development and potential and is author of All Are Chosen and Be the Change: Common Sense for Uncommon Times. He is a proud father of Amanda Lee and Andrew John. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]

Debi Stack is a professional speaker, media guest and the author of Martha to the Max: Balanced Living for Perfectionists (Moody Publishers), a humorous book for stessed-out women. She can be booked through CLASS (800-483-6633). E-mail her at [email protected]

Laura M. Stack, M.B.A., C.S.P. (Certified Speaking Professional), is “The Productivity Pro.”® She is the president of an international consulting firm specializing in productivity improvement in high-stress industries and the author of the highly acclaimed book Leave the Office Earlier (Broadway Books, 2004). Contact her at

Betty Stanley received her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas in 1948. She enjoyed working with handicapped children and tutoring ESL students. Since her retirement, Betty enjoys walking, swimming and freelance writing. Her mailing address is 12025 Earnshaw, Overland Park, KS 66213.

Brenda K. Stevens is a homemaker and an artist. She is self-taught and has done artwork for businesses and individuals for many years. Brenda enjoys crafts, reading and writing.

Jean H. Stewart is a history, travel and parenting writer and editor. She is the wife of a retired airline pilot, mother of twin daughters and smitten grandmother of one. Jean is working on a book about letting go, with the working title, Bungee Mama. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Marilyn K. Strube received her Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and teaches writing at Madonna University. She is also a regular contributor to Guideposts magazine and an instructor of children’s literature. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

B.J. Taylor loves getting together with family. She is also an animal lover and is writing a book titled Find Your Dog a Job! showing how a dog and its owner can make a difference in their community. B.J. has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers and can be reached at [email protected]

Stephanie Welcher Thompson traded suits for sweats to stay home with her two-year-old daughter, Micah. Being a wife and first-time mom at forty-one provides an abundance of material for this freelance writer. She and husband, Michael, can be reached at P.O. Box 1502, Edmond, OK 73083,

Ted A. Thompson is a former copywriter and freelance author. He presently works as a chimney sweep in Harrison, Arkansas.

John Troy has been a cartoonist for forty-nine years. He has authored eleven books and is the creator of Ben, The Hunting Retriever. John lives in northern New Jersey with his lovely wife, Doris, his golden retriever, Jesse, and two cats, Snowy and Dongo, both of whom don’t know enough to go to sleep at night.

Marianne LaValle Vincent is a poet/writer with a degree in nursing. She is a practice manager in Syracuse, New York. Her first collection of poetry, “American Lie,” was published in 2004. Her second collection, “Broken Me,” will be available in 2005. She lives with her husband and daughter. E-mail her at [email protected]

Sonja Walder lives with her husband, Mike, and daughter, Kelsey, in Bismarck, North Dakota. Her hobbies include gardening, reading and spending time with her family. She works in the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office in the Gaming Division. Her story was written in loving memory of her father, Jack Oster, 1929–1997.

Susan Wales is author of a dozen books, including the Match Made in Heaven series, Faith in God and Generals and The Chase. She is also the producer of the Annual Movieguide Awards. Susan and her husband, producer Ken Wales (CBS series, Christy), live in Southern California. For additional information, contact her at

Margaret J. Wasilewski, a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, resides in Michigan with Ted, her husband of twenty-eight years. They have four children and seven grandchildren. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States and has fond memories of living in Alaska. She looks forward to retirement and spending time writing her memoirs. She can be reached at P.O. Box 211, Fenton, MI 48430.

Janet Hall Wigler, a former ad sales, production and layout manager for a small newspaper in Canada, now lives in Southern California with her husband, Greg. Janet loves playwriting, acting and penning short stories. She is currently working on her second novel. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Arthur B. Wiknik Jr. has written over a dozen short stories that have appeared in both regional and national publications, including Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul. He served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and fought in the battle for Hamburger Hill. An active community volunteer, Arthur frequently shares his wartime experiences at Connecticut schools and civic organizations. Contact him at [email protected]

Bobbie Hamlet Wilkinson is a freelance writer and artist whose creativity inspires everything from painting tractors to uniquely renovating the barn she and her husband live in. Her greatest passions are her family and appreciating the beauty that surrounds her. Contact Bobbie at bobbiewilkinson Visit her Web site at

Ron Wutka lives in Monson, Massachusetts, with his wife, Marcy, and daughter, Aimee-Lynn. Please contact him at [email protected]

D. B. Zane is a writer, teacher and mother of three. Author of The Great Zamboni and Getting the Most Out of Writing Conferences, she currently is working on a new series for primary grades as well as a nonfiction book with her writing group.

Lanny Zechar is a writer, consultant and motivational speaker from Southern California. He writes scripts, features, commercials, speeches, poems and children’s books. He is married and has three children. He can be reached at [email protected]

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