August 9, 2016
Please join me in welcoming these two new Associate members, and eight new Professional members, who have joined us since May 25, 2016.
RODGERS, LINDA C. - A829-16
354 Kinross Dr.
Walnut Creek CA 94598
Facebook: Ms Savvy Do
Linda C. Rodgers is a blogger who specializes in cat humor, adult cat rescue, cat health and community cats. She’s the winner of two BlogPaws 2015 Special Certificates for “Exceptional Series of Posts,” and “Excellence in a Collaborative Blogging Effort.” Her sponsors are Janiss Garza, Layla Morgan Wilde, Debbie Glovatsky, Lisa Richman and Alana Grelyak.
GAVAN, PEGGY - A831-16
16 Long House Rd.
Warwick NY 10990
845-987-1225 (home), 845-527-4858 (business)
Facebook: The Hatching Cat
Peggy Gavan is a blogger who weaves NYC history around true, amazing and curiously odd cat and other animal tales. Her blog is ‘The Hatching Cat: True and Unusual Animal Tales of Old New York.’ Peggy writes, “I am the author of HatchingCatNYC.com, a blog that explores NYC history through cat and other animal tales (80% cat). I also take my blog on the road, in a presentation titled ‘The Brawny Men of Old New York and the Alley Cats They Adored.’ I’m currently working on publishing some cat stories for children.” Peggy Gavan’s sponsor is Sarah Andrews
POWELL, LISA - P827-16
PO Box 13235
Hamilton OH 45013
Lisa Powell is a novelist. Her novel, “Catskill: First of Catskill Trilogy” was a Certificate of Excellence winner in the 2015 CWA Communication Contest. She is also the author of “Catskill's Lioness: Second of Catskill Trilogy.” Her sponsor is Amy Shojai.
WEEKS, RUTH H. - P828-16
1711 Theodore Dr.
Springdale AR 72762
Affiliations: Oklahoma Writers Foundation (OWFI), Ozark Writers League (OWL), Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Mystery Writers of America
Ruth H. Weeks is a published author and speaker, and a professional tarot card reader. She’s a public speaker, instructor of creative writing and a writing contest judge. She has published 3 books (with a contract for a fourth). She’s the author of “Daughter of the Howling Moon” (written as “by R. H. Burkett”), OWFI’s 2015 “Best Fiction Book.” Her sponsor is Amy Shojai.
DARR, LAURREN - P830-16
8926 N. Greenwood #293
Niles IL 60714
Facebook: Laurren Darr
Affiliations: Left Paw Press, International Association of Pet Fasion Professionals
Laurren Darr’s areas of expertise are pet fashion, children’s books and coloring books. She’s the Publisher of Left Paw Press and the creator of several coloring books, including “CatDala,” “ChickenDala,” “DogDala,” “OwlDalas,” and “PugDala.” Her sponsor is Jen Reeder.
SMULSON, DR. PAUL - P832-16
205 Sunset Drive
Wilmette IL 60091
847-525-2729 (home); 847-251-0077 (business)
Dr. Paul Smulson is a photographer specializing in felines. He has photographed zoos throughout the world. He’s the photographer of “Making the Most of All Nine Lives: The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat” (with Sandy Robins). His sponsor is Sandy Robins.
OWENS, ROBIN D. - P833-16
Denver CO 80211
Affiliations: Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America
Robin D. Owens is an author. Her specialties are short stories and fiction from a cat’s point of view. She’s been writing for 20 years; for fifteen years, her books have included a “cat sidekick.” RITA® Award Winning novelist Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, “HeartMate,” published in December, 2001. Since then she has written fifteen books in the series, “Heart Legacy,” the latest published in November, 2014 (named one of the best paranormal romances of 2015 by Library Journal). She self-published her first novella in the series, “Lost Heart,” in April, 2016.
Her five book “Luna” series included average American women summoned into another dimension to save a world. Her “Mystic Circle” series was a mixture of contemporary urban and romantic fantasy set in Denver.
Robin’s sponsor is Wendy Christensen.
COOPER, GWEN - P834-16
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Gwen-Cooper/e/B001JS6W40/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Gwen Cooper is an author and blogger. She’s the author of “Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned to Love Life with a Blind Wonder Cat” and “Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat.” Her sponsor is Marci Kladnik.
AURIT, ANITA - P835-16
403 Louis Lane
Sandpoint ID 83864
208-610-0626 (cell), 208-953-1419 (business)
Affiliations: BlogPaws, Bonner County Critter Finders
Anita Aurit is a writer and blogger who specializes in cat behavior, cat ownership, cat rescue and lost pets. She is a BlogPaws Influencer. She writes, “I am an author in the recent ‘Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul, My Very Good, Very Bad, Cat’ (My story is entitled, ‘All MY Children Wear Fur Coats.’) I volunteer at our local shelter for the cat area and also teach a class there in conjunction with our Charter High School. I have created a community that assists our county in finding lost pets (Bonner County Critter Finders on Facebook). I am a published author in other genres, but my passion and my joy is writing for, about, and in the voice of cats.” Anita’s sponsor is Wendy Christensen.
WESTCOTT, CHRISTINA - P836-16
7900 Samville Rd.
Fort Myers FL 33917
239-731-0305 (home), 239-634-8802 (cell)
Affiliations: Romance Writers of America
Christina Westcott is a science fiction and romance author. She’s the author of “A Hero for the Empire – The Dragon’s Bidding Book 1.” Christina writes, “I have two works currently published, both have cats as major characters. ‘Hip Deep in Dragons’ is a fantasy novella and ‘A Hero for the Empire’ is a science fiction/adventure/romance which prominently features an intelligent, telepathic cat as the hero's sidekick. Jumper is an overweight, snarky Manx who I like to refer to as a cross between Chewbacca and Garfield. I'm currently in the process of publishing the sequel to Hero, called Cypher--and once again the cat is right in the middle of the action.”
Christina’s sponsor is Wendy Christensen.
TREDINNICK, MELISSA - P837-16
11 Marquis Lane
+44 1582 461 501, +44 7956 903 874
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nancy-Harpenden-Cat-1067917353221246/ (her cat’s page)
Affiliations: BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
Melissa Tredinnick, who writes as Melissa Daley, is an author who specializes in cat fiction for adults. She’s a qualified psychodynamic counsellor. She’s the author of “Molly and the Cat Café.” Melissa writes, “I have written two published novels from the point of view of a cat, with a third on its way. My first was published in the US by Plume in 2011, called 'Sex and the Kitty' - a spoof celebrity memoir written from the point of view of my cat Nancy. My second novel, ‘Molly and the Cat Cafe,’ was published in the UK last year and is being published later this year by Thomas Dunne books in the US. They have also bought the rights to the sequel, ‘The Cat Cafe at Christmas,’ to be published in 2017. My cat Nancy has a facebook page (Nancy Harpenden-Cat) which has around 2000 followers all around the world.”
Melissa’s sponsor is Wendy Christensen.
DENDLER, MARGARET (MEG) WELCH - P838-16
5855 Hwy 62 W
Eureka Springs AR 72632
Affiliations: SCBWI, Ozark Writer's League
Meg Dendler is an author who specializes in mid-grade children’s books, speaking at conferences, editing and proofreading. She writes, “I am known as the ‘cat book lady’ because of my series of alien rescue cat books.” She’s the author of the “Cats in the Mirror” series of books. Her sponsor is Ruth H. Weeks.
Wendy Christensen, CWA Secretary