Patty Hansen, with her best friend Irene, authored Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul, and Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul. Both are books that kids, ages nine through thirteen, love to read and also are able to use as guides for everyday life. Combined sales for both books are over four million copies. Patty is also the contributor of some of the most loved stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, co-author 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 web site,, 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 fight attendant on board, she prepared forty-four passengers for a successful planned emergency landing. The second was for single-handedly extinguishing a fire on board a mid-Pacific flight, thus averting an emergency situation and saving hundreds of lives.

After "hanging up her wings," Patty married Mark Victor Hansen and became the Chief Financial Officer for M.V. Hansen and Associates, Inc. in Newport Beach, California. She has remained her husband's business partner during their twenty-three years of marriage. 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.

In 1998, Mom's House, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides free childcare for school-age mothers, nominated Patty as Celebrity Mother of the Year. In the spring of 2000, the first annual "Patty Hansen Scholarship" was awarded by Mom's House, funded by a $10,000.00 grant.

Patty shares her home life with her husband, Mark, their two daughters, Elisabeth, 17, and Melanie, 15, her mother, Shirley, housekeeper and friend, Eva, three rabbits, one peahen, four horses, five dogs, five cats, four birds, one hamster, thirty four fish, 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

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