MAGNOLIA — Most of us have at least one funny or inspirational story we could share about our mothers. However, most of us haven’t had one of those stories published in the newest edition of the well-known “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books.
The “Best Mom Ever!” edition of the newest Chicken Soup book by Amy Newmark contains 101 stories about humorous, inspiring and loving moms. It’s also available just in time for Mother’s Day, and Magnolia’s Monica Morris is one of the contributing authors.
Morris said she’s been reading the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books for as long as she can remember, but she said the one which inspired her to write for them was “Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan’s Soul.”
“I received that book for my birthday from my brother, and the combination of two of my favorite things, baseball and stories about faith, made me think that writing for the Chicken Soup series might be something I’d enjoy,” Morris said.
Morris isn’t a novice writer though; in 2007 she completed her first novel, “Rory’s Song,” and in 2008 she was asked to join 11 other writers from across the country at the “Guideposts” magazine’s bi-annual writer’s workshop in Rye, N.Y.
“I’ve had several articles published in “Guideposts” magazine since that time, and I’ll be participating in another GP writer’s workshop in May,” she said.
Morris said she enjoyed sharing her story in the Chicken Soup book because it gave her the opportunity to take a fond look back at some happy childhood memories.
“The title of my story is ‘Mom Versus The Three Stooges,’ and it involves four kids, a harried mom and her clever solution to her children’s fascination with these three comical and somewhat destructive guys. I can’t give away the entire story ... You’ll have to buy the book!” Morris said.
She said she enjoys the Chicken Soup books because there are as many themed editions as there are stories in each book. Morris enjoys that each book contains tales which can either bring tears to your eyes or make you laugh out loud, and sometimes it’s both.
“I think what I love the most about the Chicken Soup collection is each story is an intimate story written by the person who experienced it. Each story is fresh and has its own voice. It’s that quality that makes these books so special and popular. It’s an honor for me to be published in such a book,” Morris said.
She said she’s enjoying writing for faith-based publications like Chicken Soup and “Guideposts” magazine because it allows her to use the creative process of telling a story to inspire as well as entertain readers
“Whether I’m interviewing someone else so I can tell their story, or I’m reliving a memory of my own, whenever I sit down in front of my computer to begin a story, I feel blessed,” Morris said.
For more information on the “Best Mom Ever!” edition of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” visit www.simonandschuster.com/books/Chicken-Soup-for-the-Soul-Best-Mom-Ever!/Amy-Newmark/Chicken-Soup-for-the-Soul/9781611599541.