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Stark publishes short story

Friday, October 7, 2011

Times Staff Report

A local resident has added another accomplishment to her writing career.

Local author Diane Stark's story, "A Beautiful Mess," is featured in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times."

Stark, a former teacher who is now a stay-at-home mom also works as a freelance writer.

She taught kindergarten and second-grade for nine years in the Indianapolis Public School system before she and her family moved to Brazil.

"Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times," was released Oct. 4. It is filled with more than 100 daily devotions from men, women and children.

The book also includes a foreword from Mary Beth Chapman, New York Times best selling author and wife of award-winning Christian recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman.

Since 1993, books from the "Chicken Soup for the Soul," series have sold more than 112 million copies.

Stark's short story appears on Page 30 of the latest edition of the ongoing series.

Her story, "The Lucky One," was featured in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Teenagers."

She has had stories published in more than a dozen "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books, two "A Cup of Comfort" books and other religious magazines.

She also published the short story, "The Substitute," which appeared in "The Ultimate Teacher: The Best Experts' Advice for a Noble Profession with Photos and Stories."

Stark also authored "Teachers' Devotions to Go."

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