What began for Heather as a part-time free-lancing job in 1995 turned into a full-time job as editorial director for Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises in 1996.

"I feel so fortunate to have a job that brings joy to so many people," Heather says. Her love of literature grew from her third-grade teacher, Mrs. Lutsinger, who read to the children every day after lunch.

today Heather owns her own home in the rural outpost of the San Fernando Valley, where she enjoys the panoramic view of the valley, her garden and her four dogs — all adopted strays. Her oldest dog, an abandoned "junkyard" dog, continues to patrol her yard, despite the fact that "he is blind in one eye and doesn't hear so well. But he still has a good sniffer," Heather proclaims.

The idea for Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul came from feedback from the many Soup readers whose consistently favorite chapter is Overcoming Obstacles.

"Fortunately, I've never faced the many kinds of obstacles others have," Heather says. "Compiling these stories has caused me to reflect on the blessings of my life: a father who loves me, a mother who spoils me, a grandmother who inspires me, and three siblings who make me laugh. Best of all," Heather continues, "I count my brother and sisters among my best friends."

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