Wendy Lyons Sunshine loves exploring ideas, playing with words, and helping shape a healthy world for kids, families, communities, and ecosystems.

She partnered with the late Karyn Purvis, PhD, and her colleague David Cross, PhD, to write The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive child. Named Outstanding Book of the Year by the American Society of Journalists & Authors, The Connected Child has sold over 160,000 copies  and continues to top multiple Amazon.com categories.

Wendy is collaborating with leaders of Chaddock Human Services Agency  on Lessons from the Toughest Kids: The Chaddock approach to parenting defiant, difficult and hard-to-reach children. This forthcoming book will share techniques honed over decades of running a residential treatment facility and a special needs school.

Other credits include the The New York Times, OnEarth, ScientificAmerican.com, AARP Magazine, D Magazine, D CEO, Ophthalmology Management, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Weekly, Houston Business Journal, and many others.

Wendy holds an MA in professional and technical communication from the University of North Texas and a BA, phi beta kappa, in English from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Wendy has managed writing teams and taught writing at Rutgers University, Texas Tech University, University of North Texas, and Ringling College of Art & Design.

Wendy and her husband live with a formerly feral cat and a rescue dog who could have had a great career in vaudeville.


♦ Outstanding Book of the Year, American Society of Journalists & Authors
♦ First Place ($1,000 prize), Outstanding Small Market Reporting, Print, Society of Environmental Journalists
♦ First Amendment Award, Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth
♦ Second Place, Business Reporting, Lone Star Award, Houston Press Club
♦ Certificate of Excellence, Press Club of Dallas


♦ Adjunct Faculty, Creative Writing, Ringling College of Art & Design
♦ Travel Fellowship, National Association of Science Writers
♦ Teaching Fellowship, Univ. of North TX
♦ Research Fellowship, Environmental Science Writing, Univ. of North TX
♦ Grant Reviewer, Grant Professionals Association
♦ Judge, ASJA awards
♦ Mensa qualified

♦ Security Clearance (TS)

Professional Affiliations

♦ American Society of Journalists & Authors
♦ Association of Health Care Journalists
♦ Association of Writers & Writing Programs