Chicken Soup for the Soul:
My Very Good, Very Bad Dog
Robin is pleased to feature several contributors from this heartwarming new Chicken Soup for the Soul book about how very good and very bad our amazing dogs can be. Up first is Amy Newmark, the editor-in-chief and publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, who discusses her proud “granddogs.” She is followed by authors Kathryn Hackett Bales and Pat Whaler, who both contributed delightful stories to this new book.
Amy Newmark was a writer, speaker, Wall Street analyst and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications for thirty years. Today she is publisher, editor-in-chief and coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. By curating and editing inspirational true stories from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences, Amy has kept the twenty-two-year-old Chicken Soup for the Soul brand fresh and relevant, and still part of the social zeitgeist.
Amy graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University where she majored in Portuguese and minored in French. She wrote her thesis about popular, spoken-word poetry in Brazil, which involved traveling throughout Brazil and meeting with poets and writers to collect their stories. She is delighted to have come full circle in her writing career — from collecting poetry “from the people” in Brazil as a twenty-year-old to, three decades later, collecting stories and poems “from the people” for Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Amy has a national syndicated newspaper column and is a frequent radio and TV guest, passing along the real-life lessons and useful tips she has picked up from reading and editing thousands of Chicken Soup for the Soul stories.
She and her husband are the proud parents of four grown children and in her limited spare time, Amy enjoys visiting them, hiking, and reading books that she did not have to edit.
Follow her on Twitter @amynewmark and @chickensoupsoul.
Kathryn Hackett Bales
Kathryn Hackett Bales and Bonnie live in Nevada with three dogs and four cats. She spends most of her time writing her Touring With Pit Bull series, with proceeds donated to Pit Bull rescue.
Pat Wahler is a retired grant writer and proud contributor to ten previous Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Pat resides in Missouri and draws writing inspiration from family, friends, and the critters who tirelessly supervise each moment she spends at the keyboard.