Pet Expert Authors Attend the 2004 Annual Cat Writers’ Association Conference

Cats and dogs are America’s most popular pets. But they wouldn’t be if people felt like Sir Winston Churchill who said, “I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”

If you want to know more about cats and dogs, the experts will be in Houston for the three-day Cat Writers’ Association (CWA) Conference, November 19 – 21, at the Hilton Americas Hotel. Authors are happy to do press interviews on topics ranging from feline health and behavior to cat and dog massage, to the success of guide dogs for the disabled.

More than 15 well-known authors will be autographing their books at the 2004 Cat Fanciers’ Association’s International Cat Show, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, on Saturday, November 20, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Book signings are also scheduled at the CWA booth on November 19, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and November 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reporters may contact authors now to set-up interviews in Houston, and authors will also be available in the weeks following the show, via e-mail and phone.

Attached is a listing of the authors, their most recent books, and their contact information. These include expert writers of nonfiction books such as how-to books for pet owners, veterinary resource and breed books, as well as humor and fiction.

The Cat Writers’ Association (CWA), Inc., is a professional organization of about 200 published writers, photographers, broadcasters and artists who specialize in feline issues. Its professional writing conference is held annually in conjunction with the CFA International show, the largest cat show in the Western Hemisphere. For more information or to pre-register to attend the CWA conference, which is open to the public, see our web site

NOTE: All authors will be staying at the Hilton Americas Hotel, phone: 713-739-8000.

Contact List of Authors

Beth Adelman:
Beth Adelman is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and the author of the book, “Guide to Living with a Neurotic Cat Owner.” She is the editor of and, former editor in chief of Cats magazine and has won several awards for her writing.
(718) 488-0749 (home)

Jodi Alesssandrini:
Jodi Alessandrini is a talent agent and co-author of two award-winning books – “Puppy Stuff” and “Kitty Stuff”. The books are written to create a lasting connection between the pet and the pet parent. Jodi is also the fundraising volunteer for “Animal Protective League, a no-kill shelter in Springfield, IL.
(217) 546-4825 (work)
(217) 415-8240 (cell while in Houston)

Maryjean Ballner:
Maryjean Ballner is the author of “Cat Massage” and “Dog Massage” and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She is also a shelter volunteer and teaches workshops on cat and dog massage.

Margaret H. Bonham:
Margaret H. Bonham (“Maggie”) is a three time award-winning author of 15 or so books in the pet and Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. She trains sled dogs in Colorado for agility competition.

Wendy Christensen:
Wendy Christensen is an award-winning author of many books and magazine articles. Her latest book is “Outwitting Cats: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Persuading the Felines in your Life that what YOU want is also what THEY want.”
(603)-878-1000 (home)

Victor DiGenti:
Victor DiGenti is the author of the book, “Windrusher” an adventure/fantasy novel that has been called, “Touching, mystical, completely engrossing.” For eighteen months he was also executive director of an organization that worked for the welfare of homeless cats.
(904) 285-2258 (home)
(904) 614-5196 (cell while in Houston)

Ed and Toni Eames:
Ed and Toni Eames are the authors of the book, “Partners in Independence: A Success Story of Dogs and the Disabled”. They are experts in the assistance dogs.

Deb Eldridge, DVM:
Dr. Eldridge is the author of “Pills for Pets” and is a veterinarian in a private practice. She graduated from Cornell University in 1980 and was the first recipient of the Gentle Doctor Award. She has written for Vet Economics and has won many awards for her writing.
(315) 829-3584 (home)
(315) 829-3584 (cell while in Houston)

Stacy Mantle:
Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who is quickly becoming known as “the Erma Bombeck of animals”. Her book, “Conquering the Foodchain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One)” is a comedy, romance, adventure novel.
(480) 200-0664 (cell while in Houston)

Susan McCullough:
Susan McCullough is the award-winning author of “Housetraining for Dummies”, “Starting Out Right with Your New Dog” and “Senior Dogs for Dummies”. She has also written numerous articles about dogs and their care.
Her website is
(703) 698-0602

Arden Moore:
Pet expert, Arden Moore is the author of more than a dozen books on cat and dog care, including, “The Kitten Owner’s Manual” and “Dog Parties: How to Party With Your Pup”. She is the editor of Catnip magazine.
(760) 433-3480 (work)
(760) 521-6931 (cell while in Houston)

Dusty Rainbolt:
Kitten expert, Dusty Rainbolt, is the author of “Kittens for Dummies”. The award winning writer does a monthly cat product review for Catnip, the magazine published by Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as authoring a monthly column, “Dear Hobbes” published by City + Country Pets from the cat’s perspective.
(972) 724-0032 (home)
(214) 632-9387 (cell while in Houston)

Amy D. Shojai:
Amy D. Shojai is the award-winning author of 18 pet care titles, hundreds of articles and columns, and a founder and president emeritus of the Cat Writers’ Association. She currently is working on three more books, including, “Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul”.
(903) 868-1022 (home/office)
(903) 184-4319 (cell while in Houston)

Mordecai Siegal:
Mordecai Siegal is an author, journalist, public speaker and consultant to the pet industry. He is the author of more than 30 published books related to cats, dogs, and horses. “The Complete Cat Book. Official Book of the Cat Fanciers’ Association” includes information from the top authorities and it is the most complete reference book on the subject.

Betsy Stowe:
Betsy Stowe is a free-lance writer and photographer and author of the book, “Calico Tales and Others”. She is the editor of CWA’s quarterly newsletter, “MEOW” and has won many awards for her writing.

Kari Winters:
Kari Winters’ book, “Princess Fiona: My Purrsonal Story” was written as a fund-raiser for Siamese rescue. She is also a regular contributor to The Pet Press, Los Angeles’ leading pet periodical and has won several awards for her writing.
Her website is
(818) 892-7364 (home)
(818) 263-7364 (cell while in Houston)


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