EUGENE, Ore. — You’ve probably heard of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. These books are sold in bookstores across the country and have been on bookshelves for years. A local writer is breaking into the national book scene with a publication in the latest Chicken Soup book.
Writer David Ozab joined KEZI 9 News This Morning to talk about how he was selected and how it feel to be in a national publication. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times is in stores now.
After my live interview this morning, we taped a segment to run on the 5 p.m. broadcast:
Eugene Writer Finds Place in National Publication
By Holly Menino
EUGENE, Ore. — Chicken Soup for the Soul books can be found at bookstores across the country and in countless American homes.
Now a Eugene writer has found his way into the national publication.
David Ozab’s background is in music, but he’s found a passion for writing. His latest work was inspired by his daughter.
It was in utero at 22 weeks that Ozab and his wife found out their unborn child had a cleft lip.
After her birth she was diagnosed with a speech disorder called apraxia of speech.
Ozab wrote about this experience and his story struck a chord with the authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times. His work is in the latest publication.
“Whatever difficult period you’re going through in your life, somebody else has gone through something similar and that person whoever they are, whichever one of the 101 people who are in this book has a story similar to you,” said David Ozab.
Ozab wanted to let parents of children with a cleft lip or palate or those who have children with apraxia of speech know that they aren’t alone.
He took a chapter of a larger manuscript he’s working on, cut it down to 500 words, sent it in and was selected. The book hit store shelves this week.
All because I took the initiative and sent out a press release. Lesson learned.