September 2011


September 29, 2011 Press Release


Dallas, Texas—Jamie Anne Richardson’s second serving of life lessons will appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, October 25, 2011, 978-1935096771, $14.95) this month. Her story, “A Perfect Ten,” follows her journey from an obese 303-pound woman to the Size 10 she desired to be without the use of pills, surgery, shakes, a diet, or even a gym membership.

“When a person cuts their weight by the measure of another adult human in just 18 months, you feel invincible, empowered, and truly in charge of your life,” Jamie said. “I love sharing that strength and sense of accomplishment with others who are struggling beneath the bondage of food.”

In conjunction with her Chicken Soup success, Jamie is unveiling her author blog and webpage at The page will follow her life from published non-fiction essayist to the completion and publication of her first chick-lit novel.

“Losing 140 pounds proved to me that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind on. Couple that with these early writing successes, and I find myself ready to achieve my dreams of authorship,” she said. “Happiness isn’t in the numbers; it is in finding the will to set a goal and achieve it. No matter how small or big that goal may be.”

Earlier this year, Jamie’s story “Sixteen Pink Lines” appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, March 8, 2011, 978-1935096634, $14.95).

Jamie is a 1995 graduate from Whitehouse High School. She attended Tyler Junior College on the Walden Red P. Little Journalism Presidential Scholarship and made the USA Today All-USA First Academic Team prior to her 1997 graduation. She then married and transferred to Texas A&M University in College Station where she double majored in journalism and sociology with a minor in English and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2000.

Jamie and her husband, Brent Richardson, now reside in Wylie, Texas where they raise three kids ages 3 to 7. Jamie is a freelance writer and editor while she works on her first in a series of chick-lit novels. You can find Jamie on the web at, on facebook at, and on twitter @JAnneRichardson.

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Dreams, vision, and reality

September 27, 2011

As I take the steps to make my dreams of finishing and publishing my novel a reality, I have learned some very interesting lessons about the connection between having a dream, having a vision, and working that with reality. Dreams are for sleeping When you share your dreams with others, you will learn one thing […]

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Through another’s eyes

September 26, 2011

I just finished another chapter in my first chick-lit novel, Whine and Wine. It seems like each time I finish a chapter, I feel myself more and more a part of the ladies in the story. Sylvia, for example, is a pastor’s wife with a sordid past who is beginning to see that her husband […]

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The future of publishing, writing, and reading books

September 21, 2011

Today Amazon started its e-book loaning process in 11,000 libraries nationwide. Users can use their Kindle, free Kindle app, or even their computer to borrow e-books using their library card. Couple this with the fast-growing e-book and self-publishing markets and I, as both a writer and a reader, wonder what is in store for my […]

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The race for gratification

September 20, 2011

This weekend I completed my first 5K, a mud and obstacle covered race in DFW called Jailbreak. It was a celebration of a good friend’s birthday. Even with a bum foot, I loved the adventure. I am a thrill seeker at heart, and I love challenges. The race gave me lots of firsts… my first […]

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Strawberries, cell phones, and a lesson about moving on

September 14, 2011

Driving to my son’s preschool this morning, we stopped by the store for some perfectly plump, lusciously red, expectantly juicy strawberries for my fruit salad tonight. I meticulously looked through each container and came across what I determined to be the best looking berries. Confident in my decision and proud of the standing ovation that […]

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Timer lifestyle

September 13, 2011

My life is lived by a timer. I use them for everything. I used them for potty training (potty attempts every 15 minutes), I use them for timeouts, I use them for cooking, I use them for cleaning up (15 minutes of work before a break), I use them for reading (my daughter gets a […]

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