STARZ Contest: Script, Score & Tickets Give Away!

STARZ Script Give Away!

A brand new play STARZ, THE MUSICAL premiers April 19-20-21, 2018 and you are invited–to win free tickets! Even if you’re not in the North Texas area, here’s your chance to win a copy of this original show (script and piano score), autographed by the original cast and production team!

Get your reservations here — and enter the sweepstakes, below.

Learn more about SHOJAI & STEELE PLAYS here. And you can LISTEN and WATCH for a bit of a taste in this short trailer:

Now, you KNOW you want to come! Check out the CAST LIST, below, and Get your reservations here — and enter the sweepstakes, below.

THE STARZ CAST

Despite the title, there are no “stars” in the show. Instead, STARZ relies on a strong ensemble dynamic. For instance, the song When Techies Let You Down (complete with rap!) showcases soloists, dancers, and the entire cast. The 14 original songs are performed with full orchestration via an audio recording, and range from solos, duets and full chorus numbers to boogie woogie, big band, folk styles and more.

In STARZ, you’ll meet all the usual suspects. Actor wannabe WALLY is played by 12-year-old Alex Neild, a 6th grade student in Sherman. This is his second production, having previously performed in The Trial of Goldilocks at Dillingham.

Theatre veteran Lysle Seelig of Denison plays Wally’s sports-booster DAD, who just doesn’t understand Wally’s love of theatre. Lysle appeared in many Sherman Community Players (SCP) productions, including South Pacific and Guys & Dolls. “I’m having a great time being back on stage, in the mix,” he says.

Maegan Flood of Van Alstyne plays SHIRLEY, a reluctant performer who prefers backstage techie magic to the spotlight. She is a 19-year-old student at Collin Community College, and has performed in several Sherman Theatricks productions, most recently as Glinda in Wizard of Oz.

Lori Seelig of Denison, retired from Sherman schools and now working as an educational consultant, plays Shirley’s pushy stage MOM living her own dreams vicariously through her daughter. Lori has performed in many local and Porchlight Players productions in Colorado, including SCP’s South Pacific, and most recently in The Odd Couple (Female Version). “I love seeing all the young talent in our area and having the privilege to work with them on this production. It has been a great opportunity to work with Amy and Frank.”

Theresa Littlefield, a counselor at Fairview Elementary, plays SHECKY. She lives in Sherman and has performed in more than 20 musicals onstage or in the orchestra. “I am most proud of being an original cast member in all three Shojai & Steele Plays productions,” she says. “My favorite part of being in STARZ is playing an insecure jokester, and I love the terrible jokes I have to tell…it’s really hard to tell a bad joke well. Of course the music is fantastic and I have enjoyed getting to know the cast members.”

Jenny Daniel, originally from Green River, Wyoming, brings down the house as know-it-all BLANCHE. “Music has always been a huge part of my life. I love my character in STARZ, it’s been quite a treat to play such a fun character. I’m loving every moment of it.”

Liam Troncalli, a 6th grade student at Dillingham in Sherman, plays the part of BUBBA dragged to auditions by his jealous girlfriend. “I have worked in many shows such as Strays (also written by Amy and Frank!), Peter Rabbit, and The Wizard of Oz,” he says.My favorite thing about working in STARZ is that it reflects real life theater problems. I also like working in STARZ because of all the music and dancing!”

Bubba’s GIRLFRIEND is played by 13-year-old Shayla Lynn Hair. She’s an 8th grader at Pritchard Jr. High in Bells, and an experience dancer. Justine Norris, also a 13-year-old 8th grader at Pritchard Jr. High, and plays several roles including featured dances. “My favorite thing about the show is watching the personalities come out,” says Justine. Both girls play in the school band, but STARZ is their first musical.

Erica Romm, a 14-year-old 8th grader at Piner Middle School in Sherman portrays the deeply shy POINDEXTER who overcomes her fears to win the part of her dreams. Erica has performed and danced in many Theatricks productions including Mary Poppins, Little Mermaid and Wizard of Oz.

Ditzy ingénue BERTHA is played by Caera Flood of Sherman, a 17-year-old student at Collin Community College, and a veteran of several Theatricks productions, including Bridge to Teribithia and Boxcar Children. “I’ve worked at Cinemark for two years now and love everything theatre related. This is my first musical and I’m so excited to present it to an audience. My favorite thing about Starz is the family I’ve made with the cast. It’s truly a bond that will last a very long time.”

Caera shares the BERTHA role with 14-year-old Jenna Getts, an 8th grader at Tom Bean Middle School. Jenna lives in Whitewright where she has acted in school productions but STARZ is her first musical.

Tammie Sims works in McKinney and lives in Pottsboro, and her extensive vocal experience suits her role as VOCAL COACH. Tammie debuted onstage in the recent SCP production of Jesus Christ Superstar and says, “The STARZ show is fun, upbeat, and real.”

Sally Webber-Hawthorne also made her theatrical debut in Jesus Christ Superstar. A recently retired teacher living in Denison, she’s sung in countless choral productions, and portrays the CHOREOGRAPHER. “I love seeing how all the various personalities came together in STARZ to present a very realistic view of how to put together a musical,” she says.

Marty Burkhart of Sherman commands the stage as a take-no-prisoners DIRECTOR and STAGE MANAGER. She has performed both roles in real life, as well as onstage performances in Scrooge, Damn Yankees and the premier of Strays among others.

Keith Clark is a veteran of many SCP and college productions including South Pacific and Les Miserables. He drives from Plano to play the nerdy CHANCE who comes to the theatre to get a date—only to transform into a caring and supportive DIRECTOR.

Rounding out the cast is Tim Jenkins, playing the part of the PIANIST. “This is my first show acting, because most of the time I am the pianist for shows,” he says. “I have played for numerous shows for SCPs and Theatricks children’s theatre. My favorite thing about doing this show is the friendliness of everyone involved. It makes this cast seem like one giant family!”

STARZ PRODUCTION TEAM

Amy Wallace of Bristol, Tennessee, choreographed STARZ, and Shojai and Steele partnered to direct the show. SHOJAI & STEELE PLAYS writes material for “the rest of us” — focusing on unexpected themes and quirky characters. The writing team has taught acting and music, as well as performed individually, for decades.

STARZ was inspired by teaching at the annual Texas Thespian Festival. Shojai & Steele Plays also wrote and produced STRAYS, THE MUSICAL (featuring cat and dog characters) performed locally at the Sherman Honey McGee Theater and Hartman Middle School in Houston, and KURVES, THE MUSICAL performed at The Rialto Theater in Denison.

“Giving birth to a new musical takes hours of dedicated rehearsal, and we are blessed with this cast,” says Shojai. “I know they will also inspire theater-loving audiences, and we can’t wait to share their talent!”

Cat Writers Conference Shares Good Publishing & Writing Advice

I love a great writers conference, don’t you?. Y’all know that I write about pet-centric topics in both my nonfiction and fiction, so the Cat Writers Association events are one of my favs–and I’ve not missed a single conference. Hey, don’t laugh—it’s not the cats that write (although they do tickle the computer keyboards at time)!

Cat Writers Association? What’s that?!

CWA is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting good writing – really all kinds of communication — about and for the benefit of cats. We’re hosting our annual CWA Writers Conference June 7-9, in Houston, Texas, and YOU are invited!

Full disclosure: I’m one of the founders. You see, back in 1992 when we formed, there were no formal mentoring outlets for writers, especially not for people just sticking a furry toe into publishing. So we created an organization open to both professionals and talented newcomers interested in sharing their furry passion, celebrating each other’s success, and dedicated to mentoring each other.

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Some of our PAW-some CWA Conference Speakers…more to come!

Good Writing is Good Writing

Whether your passion is cats, dogs, historical fiction, or sky diving with umbrellas, the same writer-icity nuts and bolts apply. That’s why our annual CWA Writers Conference welcomes anyone interested in writing and publishing with great how-to information. Hey, many of us publish in a variety of genres beyond kitty-centric topics. We’ve even had (shhhhh!) DAWGS attend the event!

This year we’re hosting the CWA Writers Conference alongside a regional CFA cat show, so that attendees taking breaks can get their kitty fix admiring the pedigree cats or even adopt a shelter rescue. By the way—cat shows have the BEST jewelry. And I should know! In addition, there will be book signing opportunities at the show. Don’t delay, the early bird price goes up after April 30, so REGISTER HERE NOW!

CWA Writing Conference: Collaborate, Educate & Celebrate!

Part of the conference events celebrates the results of the annual CWA Writers Conference, because we are ALL about giving kudos to colleagues. It’s an annual gala banquet with opportunity to schmooze with pet products companies and sponsors, your favorite cat writers and maybe share a beverage with an agent or editor you hope to impress.

The CWA Writers Conference is one of the most economical I’ve ever attended. But to help out on the $$$ front, we’re even holding a drawing for a free registration to the conference! That includes all the seminar sessions, banquet event, Keynote, entry to cat show and more. . . KEEP READING or your chance to win.

Event Promotion 101

Of course, we want to get the word out to everyone about our conference event. It’s no fun promoting you—and mentoring with great content—if nobody knows about the CWA Writers Conference! And it occurred to me that what could help CWA would also help you promote your events.

See—even before you attend, we’re sharing some added value. Here are some tips on how you can promote your next event online. After all, once you’ve heard about all the terrific speakers and events, you’ll be MEOWING this to the rooftops!

5 Ways to Elevate Event Excitement!

1. Create a Facebook Event

Facebook events are a super easy way to spread the word about your conference and encourage potential attendees to sign up! Be sure to make the event public so that people beyond your immediate friends or page followers will be able to access it. In addition, ask your conference speakers to promote the event to their own social followings to reach a bigger audience!

Here’s the FaceBook Event for Cat Writers Conference.  We’d appreciate it if you’d PAW it forward and share. *s*

2. Make it Easy for People to RSVP

Use a simple online tool to sell tickets and manage your attendees. For example, Eventbrite’s online registration platform lets you track ticket sales, reach new audiences, and even integrates with your social platforms (see step 1)! An online ticketing platform is also a great idea if people are traveling to your event because they can purchase their tickets ahead of time.

writer conference give away3. Set Up A Give Away

Generate excitement and encourage folks to share information about your event before it happens by creating a give away. Come up with clever items to offer that help brand your organization–autographed books, or monogrammed/branded items like key chains, coffee mugs–even cat toys or mouse pads might work. These could be items provided by sponsors of your event, so that the give away also promotes their generosity, and makes them more likely to help spread the word.

Of course, you must ship physical prizes, so you may also think about “virtual” or other types of prizes. For our CWA Conference Event, we’re giving away one (1) free registration to the event (that’s a $159 value!).

ENTER THE CWA SWEEPSTAKES HERE!

 4. Develop a Catchy Hashtag

Encourage your event attendees to share photos or experiences from the conference using your event hashtag. You can generate a buzz online before the event as well! The positive sentiment shared with the event hashtag is great collateral to use to promote the conference next year. Plus, through the hashtag you can find your conference-goers and encourage them to engage with your Facebook page! If you’re psyched about the 2018 CWA Writers Conference, we’d love to see your posts with the hashtags #CWA2018 and #WillWrite4Cats

5. Create A Great Piece of Content

If you’re visiting my site, you’re likely interested in writing, too! What better way to promote your event than to write a teaser piece to get your audience excited about attending. Highlight your speakers, provide an exclusive sneak-peek, and let your readers know why it is worth their time to attend. (Hint: that’s exactly what I’m doing with this post!) Take a look below at the outstanding things we have planned for the 2018 CWA Writers Conference, and then check out our event to register.

 

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CWA Writers Conference: Have We Got Speakers for You!

We typically offer a mix of prescriptive writing and publishing and promotion sessions, with somecat-specific topics, and the 2018 CWA Writers Conference is no different. We’re still clawing down a few more sessions, but I couldn’t wait to share these confirmed sessions.

This year, our keynote speaker has done it all—books, TV, radio, columns—and uses his experience creating Fear Free to inspire attendees with tips on how to “brand” themselves for success. Check out more about our keynote speaker Dr. Marty Becker at this link.

CWA Writers Conference Speakers

Adventure Cats and Cat Training: What Cat Writers Need to Know, Presented by Janiss Garza

Research: First, Last, and Always Panel, Presentation by Amy Shojai, Arden Moore & others TBA

Cat Photography Made Simple, Presented by Rick Reichenbach

The Hybrid Author: Publishing Print, Ebooks & Audio, Presented by Amy Shojai

Changing the World Through Fiction: 7 (plus 1) techniques to effectively promote your point of view, Presented by Mollie Hunt

Here’s the link to the speaker page–check back, as more will be added.

CWA Writers Conference, Something for Everyone

Today, CWA boasts an international membership who collectively use their various platforms to blog, write newspaper and online columns, host radio shows, publish photos and illustrations, produce nonfiction books, novels and newsletters, and even working public relations and promotions. We are pet “parents” and shelter workers, rescue advocates and cat show exhibitors, veterinarians and behaviorists, media personalities and your next-door-neighbor.

And we all love helping to educate the world about proper care and celebration of cats. Meee-wow! Join our furry throng, and attend the 2018 CWA Writers Conference.

So…are you coming? You KNOW you want to!

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VOTE for Name That Kitten & Puppy!

Lei Crime Kindle World Keiki & LiaWow, what a great response to my call to NAME THAT PET vote contest for my newest Keiki & Lia thriller! I counted over 40 suggestions posted on the blog and various Facebook threads. and it was difficult to narrow down the list. Based on the story themes and the established characters, I’ve chosen my top 5 names for each–and I’d be THRILLED with any of these!

The winners will be acknowledged in the book, have their chosen character names included in CALLED TO PROTECT, the latest and final Keiki & Lia thriller, and receive Advance Readers Copies of the Ebook.

Ready–set–Name that pet! Vote vote vote–as many times as you want, and share away to campaign for your favorite character name. Voting closes Friday morning, so I can finish a final edit and submit the manuscript to Amazon.

NAME THAT PET–VOTE BELOW

THANK YOU for all your support! I can’t wait to see which furry wonder wins the NAME THAT PET contest. Remember to share this page and the polls to campaign for YOUR selection.

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I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Do you have a new kitten and need answers? NOTE: Some links to books or other products may be to affiliates, from which I may earn a small percentage of sales, but I do not recommend anything unless I feel it would benefit readers. Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give aways and appearances related to my September Day pet-centric THRILLERS WITH BITE!

Amy Shojai WIPIN Pet Industry Awards Video #poweredbyindie

I’m a Women In the Pet Industry (WIPIN Pet Industry Awards) FINALIST for Solopreneur of the Year. I posted about this incredible honor in a previous blog post here. I’m proud to say this would never have happened if I hadn’t gone “indie” with my publishing–creating books via CreateSpace, Amazon Kindle and even “voicing” my own titles on Audible. With 30 nonfiction books, three thrillers in a growing, popular series and another novella series, I’ve just begun!

As part of the competition for Pet Industry Woman of the Year we were asked to produce a 60-second video about what we do and our story. I congratulate my fellow nominees and the winners, and feel incredibly blessed that my work has been recognized in this way.

Here it is–(you’ll agree, that the pets are the stars!). As promised, I’m honored to share it with you. I’ve also included part of my Q & A interview from the competition that the judges reviewed–it actually helped me figure out some things–where I’ve been, how I got here, and the directly I’m going. You helped make this possible – thank you!

WHO IS AMY SHOJAI?

Amy Shojai Consulting (Amy Shojai, CABC) empowers pet parents with expert information and advice, to allow them to make informed decisions for their cats and dogs. This is accomplished with a combination of writer-icity, bling-worthy media appearances, one-on-one pet behavior and writing/publishing consults, and select pet industry consulting.

  • CREDENTIALS & MISSION: Vet tech experience inspired a 20+ year journalistic focus on pet health care and behavior, leading to certification (CABC) through IAABC.org and Fear Free Pets. Resolving behavior and health challenges to improve/save relationships is the core mission. Expanding beyond one-on-one consults, however, makes a greater impact in creating a positive difference in pet lives.
  • SHORT-FORM WRITING & MEDIA: Fee-based print and online content provides prescriptive help for select clients to share with their own client base. Free content is also available via Amy Shojai’s BLING, BITCHES & BLOOD blog, Pets Peeves newsletters and podcast, Ask Amy YouTube channel, social media outreach, weekly P’ETiQuette newspaper column, and a twice-monthly Pet Talk (KXII.com) television segment.
  • BOOKS, SPEAKING & THEATER: A pet care library of award-winning prescriptive pet books (more than 30) published by the FURRY MUSE PUBLISHING imprint provides an A-to-Z catalogue of information covering first aid, behavior, natural healing, puppy/kitten information, senior pet care, and even heartwarming “chicken soup” titles available in print, Ebook and audio versions. September & Shadow Thrillers (with an animal behaviorist main character) and STRAYS, THE MUSICAL also focus on dog and cat issues. Unusual venues reach pet lovers (and others) who otherwise would never seek pet behavior or care advice. A variety of pet- and writing-focused seminars are available for select events. Amy Shojai Consulting continues to seek innovative ways to reach cat and dog lovers and help them help their beloved pets.

HOW DID YOU GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

Oh my doG, what a question! Where am I today? is perhaps a better one. I’ve not yet “arrived” and the journey continues. I’m where I am due to a perfect storm of pet-love, frustration, boredom, and lack of funds. *s* Oh, and luck, a whole lot of furry good luck.

When I was a kid, Mom told all her friends, “When Amy grows up, she won’t have babies—she’ll have puppy dogs and kitty cats.” Mom was right.

THE ACCIDENTAL PET WRITER

My career began when my husband and I moved to Eastern Kentucky where I applied for a job as a veterinary assistant. The interview happened during a Chihuahua’s C-section, with the doctor handing me puppies to resuscitate while I answered his questions. I got the job (maybe because I didn’t faint and LOVED the experience!). I fell in love with veterinary medicine…and discovered just how much I had to learn. The hunger grew to share my pet passion with veterinary clients, explaining the doctor’s “medicalese” terms in language pet parents more easily understood. With no TV reception in the mountains, I turned to writing to relieve my boredom, and shared personal experiences as a vet tech. After collecting a boatload of rejections from the pet press, (remember Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy and Dog World magazines?) an editor took pity on me, and explained what I’d done wrong—and done right (er, write?). After that, I sold and published dozens of personal experience stories.

PET JOURNALIST

I like to think my editors liked my writing because I always beat deadlines, wrote to the requirements, and touched readers’ emotions. For sure, I often cried remembering some of those early vet tech experiences. My editors began giving me assignments that required interviews with experts from around the world. I learned how to interview, find experts, and (gasp!) make friends with famous pet peeps! Bliss! It was like attending a master class when I could ask questions of the movers-and-shakers creating vaccines and special nutrition, pick the brains of those who could explain the mysteries of cat and dog behavior, innovative training breakthroughs and more. At the time I worked a 9-5:00 “real job,” so telephone-tag interviews (this was before email) took place during lunch hours and after work. I wrote until 11:00 pm every night and all weekend. Little sleep, lots of work, but the JOY of it is still addictive, especially, when the work reaches someone and makes a difference.

BOOK CONTRACTS

A Bantam/Doubleday/Dell editor happened to read my articles, and called to offer me my first two book contracts, wow! Those titles, published in 1992, launched my book publishing career. I quit my day job to write full time, producing 30-50 articles a year, and continued writing books.

CAT WRITERS ASSOCIATION

Although I wrote equally about dogs and cats, the kitties didn’t seem to get the same respect. I contacted my cat magazine editors and proposed creating the Cat Writers Association (CWA) to give the topic the same level of professionalism and mentorship I enjoyed a member of the Dog Writers Association of America. Four of us met at a cat show in November 1992, and CWA was born. I was named the first president, and served in that role for the first 9 years the first time (I returned for a 10th year some years later). I was able to use established writing connections with pet products companies to enlist their support of new organization, garnering many sponsorships to fund first the annual contest and later conference events. Serving as CWA president kept me in the forefront of the pet world, and that made a positive difference in my career.

MEDIA

The publishers of Cats Magazine and Dog World Magazine created a promotion THE GREAT PET DEBATE during a presidential election year. Because of my credentials with the magazines and CWA, I was tapped to argue the “cat side” whether cats or dogs would be the better White House Pet (Socks Clinton vs Leader Dole). The tongue-in-cheek debate appeared on ESPN and the Today Show, with a call-in vote. Cats won, of course. *s* That experience helped garner other media appearances, including a Disney TV show appearance as a pet expert and more recently Animal Planet expert segments (DOGS 101 and CATS 101). The tables began to turn, and suddenly instead of me interviewing experts, I began to get calls as the expert for interviews. Holy cats & dogs!

LITERARY AGENT

My previous publications and contacts with pet products companies proved attractive to a high power literary agent, and my book publishing career leaped forward with the sale of the PURINA ENCYCLOPEDA OF DOG CARE and PURINA ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CAT CARE hardcover titles. Together we sold another dozen or so pet care titles, including a book that I’m very proud to say has saved many pet lives, THE FIRST-AID COMPANION FOR DOGS AND CATS. My grateful my agent helped me get rights back on my backlist books, which helped immeasurably in launching my indie publishing career including audio. The First-Aid audio book book will be published under my own Furry Muse Publishing imprint.

SPOKESPERSON

After working with Purina via CWA and the books, I was offered a spokesperson position, touring and speaking at shelters in the Purina Kitten Chow Lifetime of Love promotion. As a music/theater double major, I enjoy public speaking, so for me this was brain candy—talking about my passion and playing with kitties. The next year they built the Cat Chow Way of Life Tour around me. BLISS! I got to teach cat behavior training at shelters across the country over the next 4+ years, appearing on TV and radio in hundreds of markets across the United States, and wrote a weekly online column for Cat Chow for more than a dozen years.

PUBLISHING DIES

Yes, for a time I stopped writing and publishing. After September 11, everything changed including my career. News became more serious (rightly so), with warm-and-fuzzy pet segments no longer welcome. People searched Google for cat and dog information (much of it bad or dangerous), rather than reading books. A book released a month after 9-11 tanked, and the Purina tour I’d taken for granted was cancelled. My agent explained editors no longer wanted pet books. Several of my titles went out of print, and I got the rights back, but hadn’t a clue what to do next. The one bright spot was my friend Marty Becker brought me on as co-editor for two Chicken Soup books, but once completed, I took a job teaching high school choir. I believed my career was over.

SOLOPRENEUR, FOR REAL!

I loved teaching, but after working for myself, discovered I’m no longer suited to the restrictions of a “real job.” My frustration with the new day-job poured out in writing of the pet-centric novel I’d always wanted to read. I went back to my beginnings, writing in my spare time before class, during lunch, and until midnight.

A weight lifted once I gave notice prior to the end of the school year, although I had no writing prospects. This leap of faith paid off within three weeks, when a book offer came my way (The American Pit Bull Terrier). As soon as I delivered that manuscript, a colleague invited me to write online behavior content for cats.About.com, which led to me creating the entire puppies.about.com site. Poetic justice, eh? The Internet stole my career, and once I stopped lamenting and fighting the injustice, I took back control by creating my own online content. My Bling, Bitches & Blood Blog took off, an E-newsletter was born, and I planned new ways to leverage the out-of-print books I still owned.

FURRY MUSE PUBLISHING

Ebooks revitalized my publishing career. Rather than be ruled by acquisition editors deciding what merited publishing, I listened to my audience and self-published what they wanted and needed. Amazingly, my royalty percentage earned far more than any New York deal ever had. I also partnered with a small independent press for updated print versions of out of print books, and also wrote new nonfiction titles. Together we launched my fiction writing career with the book I wrote during my choir teaching tenure. Finally this past January 2017, I parted ways with the indie-publisher and by May 2017 had updated and reissued all my books under the Furry Muse imprint. That has allowed me to better plan marketing campaigns, schedule updates, and take control of pricing and income factors in my business. My royalty income, especially in print nonfiction titles, has quadrupled during a time when “traditional” publishing continues to say pet books won’t sell. The difference, I truly believe, is I listen to what pet parents want, and provide that infotainment with respect for their needs.

I’m where I am today because I know—truly without reservation—this is what I was put on earth to do. I no longer doubt myself. I write what I want, publish when and how I wish, revise work when breakthroughs emerge, voice my own audio books in my home studio, make up fiction stories infused with facts that instruct as well as entertain, and interact with my audience—awesome pet enthusiasts no different than me, who simply want the best for their cats and dogs.

That’s how I got here—asking the question, how can I help pets? May it always be so.

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