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Memoir of Ancestry, Family Secrets and Second Chances

Updated On: August 30, 2023

Family Twist Episode 22: Memoir of Ancestry, Family Secrets and Second Chances

This week’s guest, Carlyn Montes De Oca, is the author of the new book, “Junkyard Girl,” about what happened to her life once she found out her parents took the secret of her identity to their graves. Kendall and Corey bond with Carlyn through her passion of a human-animal connection.

Guest bio

Carlyn Montes De Oca is the award-winning author of “Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse.” She is also an international speaker, animal-human health expert, and animal advocate. A former film editor on such movies as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Three Men and a Little Lady, Carlyn holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Today she is the founder of The Animal-Human Health Connection, speaking on the powerful ways human health, happiness, and longevity are improved through our connection to our animal companions. Montes De Oca was voted PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 and is an ambassador at Animal Protection New Mexico. A longtime resident of Northern California, Carlyn now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, Ken Fischer, an award-winning sound editor, and her beloved rescue dog, Grace. Her upcoming book – Junkyard Girl: A Memoir of Ancestry, Family Secrets, and Second Chances is available November, 2022.

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