Brazil resident Diane Stark recently had two stories featured in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hooked on Hockey," one story featured in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith" and two stories featured in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive."
The former teacher is now a stay-at-home mom of five and a freelance writer. Diane wasn't quite sure how many times she's been published in the Chicken Soup books, but she guessed she has stories in at least 20 of the books.
Her two stories, "All Hockey, All the Time" and "The Littlest Bruiser" both feature her 13-year-old son Jordan.
"All Hockey, All the Time" tells the story of Jordan's bedroom -- decorated "all hockey" and how he received different memorabilia from hockey games to place on his walls. The Stark family used to live in Indianapolis and had season tickets to the Indianapolis Ice minor league games. Jordan decided he wanted to play hockey when he was 3, so the family signed him up for ice skating lessons. At the age of 4, Jordan began playing hockey.
"The Littlest Bruiser" is the story of how Jordan got the nickname "Bruiser" after one of the Indianapolis Ice players gave Jordan his own team award.
Jordan loves having stories written about him, as do all of Diane's children.
"When the box of books arrived, he tore it open and read the stories I wrote right away," Diane said. "All of my kids are used to being written about in my stories, and they all really enjoy it. They joke that it makes them famous!"
Diane's story "All Things," a story about rediscovering her faith in God after being away from Him for a long time, was published in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith."
"My son Jordan asked me what my favorite Bible verses are, and he made an inspiring realization about the verses," Diane told The Brazil Times. "It helped me realize that I did need God in my life, and He had been with me all along anyway."
In "Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive," Diane had both "Feeling Lucky" and "86,400 Seconds" published.
"Feeling Lucky" is a story about feeling blessed even when circumstances aren't perfect, encouraging people to see their spouse in the best possible light and to always give them the benefit of the doubt.
The second story is all about gratitude.
"Every day, we have 86,400 seconds to spend as we please," Diane said. "I learned through some really tough times to use at least a few of those seconds to be grateful."
Diane is currently working on several other projects, including a children's picture book.
"Most of my stories center around family," she said. "I love writing about motherhood."
Diane is also the author of "Teachers' Devotions to Go," which was published in 2010.
Diane's book and all of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series are available on Amazon.
Since 1993, books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States and Canada. The titles have also been sold in more than 100 countries and have been translated into more than 40 languages.
Chicken Soup for the Soul is currently implementing a plan to expand into other medias -- working on several TV shows, as well a major motion picture.