I recently returned from the Cat Writers’ Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. For three days I was surrounded by writers and journalists who are the voices for cats. It was an exhilarating first time experience for a kitten as I was called. I made many new friends from around the country and can’t wait to return next year. This year’s conference was held in conjunction with the Cat Fanciers’ International Cat Show. One afternoon I signed Tatianna books along with other cat authors at the CWA book booth. I also observed some of the judging and walked around and talked to competitors and admired all their awesome cats. I adored all of them, but particularly enjoyed seeing the American Domestic Shorthair, the Maine Coon and the Norwegian Forest cats.

The Tatianna book received two honors at the annual Purina CWA Awards Banquet. Drew Strouble, the portrait cover artist won a MUSE MEDALLION for ILLUSTRATION sponsored by CWA.  The book also received the MERIAL HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND AWARD sponsored by Merial.  According to the contest guidelines, “this award is presented to the entry that best reflects and promotes the strengthening of the human-animal bond, highlighting the bond between a cat and owner, as well as their relationship with their veterinarian as another direct caregiver. Entries will be judged for exceptional quality and on the ability to convey this concept and connect with the reader. Qualified entries include (but are not limited to) single articles, features, columns, short stories, books, poetry. This award consists of $1000 award and commemorative certificate”.

My name was drawn as a first alternate to receive a $500 scholarship sponsored by Premier to attend next year’s conference. I look forward to attending this professional conference in 2009 with or without the scholarship!

Bountiful Blessings!