Paw-some OWFI Conference & Amazing Pet Expo

I’m traveling nearly every weekend this month, and it’s hard to keep straight where I go next. I’m only now getting caught up with last weekend’s awesome OWFI Conference, and (BAD AMY!) realized I don’t have nearly as many pictures as I hoped. So for some of these, I’ve borrowed from various folks kind enough to tag me on my Facebook page…and forgive me for not mentioning everyone. I know that I’ll forget some folks.

I’m an OWFI Honorary Life Member (yes, I’ve been going to this con every year since 1992), and have run the contest and even organized the 40th Anniversary Conference as president. So I know how much hard work it takes, and how many volunteers make things happen. Kudos to one and all.

There were many highlights of the event. I got to present with my fav co-writer EVAH, Frank Steele, in three seminars, and we got to share details about our playwright experience, collaboration, and even writing in “animal” voice. Stay tuned in case you missed them, because the powerpoint presentations will eventually be uploaded here to the blog for on-demand sessions.

Amy & Frank

My partner in play-writing, Frank Steele.

Just for fun, if you’re in a play-ful mood, I finally got the video trailer done of KURVES, THE MUSICAL and you can watch it on this page. You’ll hear me sing on the video, too (urk!).

Amy-LesEdgertonI got to meet Les Edgerton and we spent quite a lot of time in his “office” (aka the smoker’s bench) in between sessions. Anyone reading this–he is a fantastic speaker and writing teacher, with great stories and even better books. YOU NEED HIM as a speaker on your next writer con faculty! Just saying…

Amy & Les

Amy PresentsThanks to Jen Nipps for sending me a photo of one of the presentations. D’ya think I’m wearing enough bling?
BeckyBookLickMy new friend Becky Franklin has some fun and innovative ways to review and promote books! She’ll read your book and if she truly likes it, you’ll get a Selfie of her and the “Lick Of Love” …obviously she has great taste! (Pun intended…) Meeting her was a highlight of the OWFI conference!
BookOrgyBecky sent this photo, too. She has as couple of doggies and plans to train them to help fetch items for her that are out of reach when she’s in her wheelchair, so I paw-tographed a copy of one of my books for her. Not sure what’s going on with that book-party, but I think Les put her up to it. Below, that’s Becky with Frank.


This month, I’m traveling and speaking/signing books nearly every weekend. So I wanted to give a shout out to the Amazing Pet Expo in Dallas this Saturday. Last year, the event drew a crowd of over 11,000 people, highlighting the impact that the Pet Expo continues to have on the Greater Dallas Area and organizers anticipate another packed event in 2015.

Over 20 local rescue organizations as well as over 100 adoptable pets will be on-hand at the event and looking for new forever homes. Several of these organizations are able to participate at a discounted or fully underwritten rate thanks in large part to corporate partners such as, Banfield Pet Hospital, Blue Buffalo and Plato Pet Treats.

Lon Hodge and and his service dog Gander will be available all day to meet and greet fans, take photos, and talk about the importance of service animals in military and veteran members’ everyday lives. I was privileged to be in a Google Hangout with Lon recently and will see him the end of this month again at the big Blogpaws event in Nashville.

My friend Arden Moore moved from California to the area and we’ve not had a chance to get together. But she’ll be there, too, presenting about PET FIRST AID and also signing her great pet care books at booth 404. I think she’ll also be recording shows for her show OH, BEHAVE! Oh…and she’ll have Casey, her demo kitty there (think “Karma-Kat” in orange, LOL!) and a doggy friend, too.

“We’re so excited to return to the Dallas pet community,” says Ethan Barnett, Vice President of Community Partnerships for Amazing Pet Expos, “A huge part of our initiative is to help people become better pet companions, and we look forward to meeting all the amazing pet parents in Dallas and to making an impact in pets lives across the region. Whether you would like to shop, learn, play or adopt – you can do any one of those at the 2015 Dallas Pet Expo.”

PET EXPO/DALLAS is Saturday May 9, 2015 from 10:00 – 6:00, I’ll be at Dallas Market Hall at the Event Stage. It’ll be a fun all-day extravaganza, with book signings (I’ll have mine there!) and I’ll be the EMCEE on the stage announcing pet-centric events throughout the day, and signing books at the booth #407. You can bring your pet, too. Learn more at this link.

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