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ALL ABOUT PET-CENTRIC AMY SHOJAI

Greetings and salutations and welcome to the website about Amy Shojai that features dog and cat care books, Thrillers with Bite! and info-tainment for those of every furry persuasion.

Writers, editors, and other inquiring minds take note: I answer email very quickly ( amy@shojai.com ) usually within a couple of hours, or you can leave a phone message (903-868-1022 office) and I typically return calls within two days.

Learn more about speaking and appearance ops on this page. You can find more about Amy Shojai at my official bio on the Media Kit page.

Dogs & Cats: Amy’s Furry Inspiration

MagicKiss

My Magical-Dawg (the handsome German Shepherd pictured above), left us far too soon.  But he still inspires my work, and the service dog character Shadow in my thrillers is based on him.

I’ve been an equal-opportunity pet lover since birth. All kinds of furred, feathered, finned, and fanged beasts have shared my life, but I must admit that dogs and cats top my list. I’m very grateful for my success as a pet writer but feel even more fortunate that I truly love my work. Bottom line, I get paid to talk and write about dogs and cats-wow!

My Magical-Dawg (the handsome German Shepherd pictured above), left us far too soon.  But he still inspires my work, and the service dog character Shadow in my thrillers is based on him.  Shortly after losing Magic, our Seren-Kitty also went on to that mystical-magical place we call Rainbow Bridge. My tiny powerhouse Siamese wannabe (pictured, below) nearly made it to age 22, and still rules my heart!

SerenRoses

Meanwhile, a silver-shaded tabby boy cat, rescued by Magical-Dawg, made an appearance. Karma-Kat adored his German Shepherd buddy, pestered Seren, and helped heal our hearts when we lost them both within only weeks of each other. Karma (below) takes very seriously his duties as an editor, too!

KarmaPrinter

So… Bravo Happened! SQUEEE! 

bravo

We adopted Bravo as much for Karma-Kat as for us, and they immediately became best friends. His Bullmastiff mother had a romantic interlude with some travelin’ dawg, and we adopted one of her puppies–we think, the pick of the litter.  He’s funny, loving, silly, thinks he’s a lap dog, and keeps us laughing.

But right around Bravo’s second birthday (February 1, 2020), he began to limp, and X-rays revealed cancer.  Now he’s a “tri-pawd” doggy, doing great on three legs while undergoing chemo. Karma offers him purrs of encouragement, and a stray baby dog, Shadow-Pup showed up to offer extra comfort and smiles.

All About Amy Shojai & Writing

My college double-majors in music and theater prepared me for performance, and I’ve worked professionally as a singer/actor, pianist and cellist, playwright and as a television news anchor. This experience also comes in handy when I make appearances and give talks about my writing.

But it was the first job as a veterinary technician back in 1981 that paved the way for my career as a pet writer. Clients didn’t always understand health care information-so from the beginning, my work translated medicalese into language all of us non-veterinarians could understand. When successful, my articles and books help make you an equal partner in the health and well-being of your cats and dogs.

From Nonfiction to Pet-centric Thrillers

More recently my nonfiction expertise has expanded into the fiction realm. I’m pleased to read reviews that comment on how much the dog-viewpoint thrillers (with a dose of cat!) have both entertained and enlightened readers to the wonderful world of pets.

For those curious about my schedule, I spend 10 to 12 hours, six days a week in my home office on book projects or writing-related work–or on the road speaking. Most times, researchers and other experts are only a phone or email interview away–you do NOT want to have my phone bills! When I need the break, I explore our 13-acre “spread” called Rosemont located in North Texas, and named for the more than 500 antique rose bushes that bloom a kaleidoscope of color each spring and fall.

I Love Bright Colors & Bling!

NookGlass

Recently, I moved my office to the breakfast nook, so that I can supervise Shadow-Pup, and Bravo doesn’t have to run upstairs to my office. Oh, he can do it on three legs, no problem–but I enjoy the stained glass and hummingbirds so much, it’s a nice change.

My office window looks out on the garden, pond, and horse field, and offers a view of wildlife that includes hawks and bobcats, bluebirds, and coyotes. The house, a Georgian colonial, contains about ten floor-to-ceiling stained glass floral panels, and seven “Tiffany-style” stained glass lampshades that make inside work much more pleasant. I design and make them in my spare time. Writers tend to bleed for their art anyway, doncha know, so glass-cutting fits right in! And of course, assorted critters make their home at Rosemont. From time to time, I’ll post a photo or two of one or more of my furry crew.

Stay In Touch with Amy

Writing can be a lonely business so I hope you’ll subscribe to my PET PEEVES newsletter (I give away lots of fun stuff) and visit my BLING, BITCHES & BLOOD BLOG.

I also offer ASK AMY videos on my YouTube channel. Maybe we can meet up when I’m at an event in your neck of the woods or at a virtual event. I’d love to meet you and swap pet stories!

PERSONAL INFORMATION

NAME: Amy Shojai
HOMETOWN: Bristol, Indiana
BIRTHDAY:
November 6
MARITAL STATUS:
Married
FUR-KIDS:
Bravo-Boy, Karma-Kat
HIGH SCHOOL:
Central High School, Elkhart, Indiana
COLLEGE:
Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, Double-Major in Music/Theater (performance)
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS:
Veterinary Technician, IAABC Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, Fear Free Certified, AAFP Cat Friendly Practice Advisory Council

Professional Affiliations

WRITING AWARDS

  • 2019 Muse Medallion, Best Nonfiction/Health & Behavior Book, “DOES MY CAT HATE ME? Improve Behavior, Boost Health, & Mend Your Bond With Environmental Enrichment”

  • 2018 POWER OF PINK Honoree from Germinder + Associates

  • 2017 SOLOPRENEUR NOMINEE, Women In the Pet Industry

  • 2016 Fear Free Pets Award, “MY CAT HATES MY VET: Foiling Fear Before, During & After Vet Visits”

  • 2016 AAFP Cat Friendly Award, “MY CAT HATES MY VET: Foiling Fear Before, During & After Vet Visits”

  • 2016 The Hartz Every Day Chewable Vitamin Award, Eight Common Aging Cat Conditions and What To Do, Herald-Democrat

  • 2016  Muse Medallion, Best Behavior Blog, The Paw Print Blog (PetSafe.com)

  • 2016 Muse Medallion, Best Newspaper Column, P’ETiQuette, Herald-Democrat

  • 2016 Dr. Jim Richards Cornell Feline Health Center Veterinary Issues Award, “Cat Facts: The A-to-Z Pet Parent’s Home Care Encyclopedia.”

  • 2016 CWA Muse Medallion Award Health/Care Book, “CAT FACTS: The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia”

  • 2015 AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Award

  • 2015 DWAA Maxwell Nomination: COMPLETE PUPPY CARE

  • 2015 BlogPaws “Nose-to-Nose” Nominee: Best Written Blog

  • 2014 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Best Newspaper Column, “P’ETiQuette”

  • 2013 DWAA Maxwell Medallion Award: Best Humor Column, “Why Puppies Are Better Than Cats”(Puppies.about.com)

  • 2013 DWAA Maxwell Medallion Award: Best Newspaper Column, “P’ETiQuette”

  • 2012 CWA Muse Medallion Award Behavior Book, “ComPETability: Solving behavior problems in your multi-cat household”

  • 2011 & 2012 DWAA Maxwell Medallion Award: Best Dog Website, “Puppies.About.com

  • 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Newspaper Column, “P’ETiQuette”

  • 2012 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Online article/health, “10 Tips to Keep Your Cat’s Brain Forever Young” (VetStreet.com)

  • 2011 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Radio, “Pet Peeves: Feral Cats and TNR,” (PetLifeRadio.com)

  • 2011 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Online article/behavior, “8 Kinds of Cat Aggression” (Cats.About.com)

  • 2010 TIDY CATS® FELINE BEHAVIOR AWARD: for “Cat Talk” (cats.About.com)

  • 2010 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Newsletter article, “Debunking 10 Feline Urban Legends” (Catnip)

  • 2010 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Online article/Behavior, “Cat Talk” (cats.About.com)

  • 2010 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Online article/Health & Care, “Old Cat Behavior & Senility” (cats.About.com)

  • 2009 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Televison, “Pet Talk: Allergies, Toxoplasmosis, Flea Product Safety” (KXII-CBS)

  • 2009 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Radio, “Pet Peeves: Cat-egorically Wrong!, Cats, Babies, Myth-takes” (PetLifeRadio.com)

  • 2009 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Online Article, “Claw Training 101” (shojai.com)

  • 2008 North Shore Animal League America Award (DWAA): Radio, “Pet Peeves: Sex & the Single Pet” (PetLifeRadio.com)

  • 2008 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Radio, “Pet Peeves: A Win-Winn Situation” (PetLifeRadio.com)

  • 2008 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Online Article, “It’s All About the Cat!” (shojai.com)

  • 2007 WINN Feline Foundation Media Appreciation Award, for support and advocacy for The Health and Well-Being of All Cats

  • 2007 DWAA Maxwell Medallion Award: Newsletter Feature, “When Dogs Battle For Status” (Your Dog)

  • 2007 Sticky Paws Training Award: “Cat Meets Dog: Bringing Magic Home” (Animal Behavior Consulting, Theory & Practice)

  • 2007 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Online Column, “Purina Emotional Health” (catchow.com)

  • 2007 CWA Muse Medallion Award: Essay, “Dr. James R. Richards, A Lasting Legacy” (shojai.com)

  • 2005 & 2006 Friskies Writer of the Year Award: for year’s body of work

  • 2006 CWA Muse Medallion Award; Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul

  • 2005 DWAA PetSafe Award for PETiQuette: Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multipet Household

  • 2005 AKC Companion Animal Recovery Award for “Finding Lost Pets” (Herald Democrat news article

  • 2005 Purina O.N.E. Health Award for “The Many Faces of Feline Infectious Peritonitis” (Herald Democrat news article)

  • 2005 Sticky Paws Training Award for “Trick Training Tabby” (Herald Democrat news article)

  • 2004 Merial Human-Animal Bond Award for Complete Care for Your Aging Cat

  • 2004 Hartz Award for writing on senior cat issues for Complete Care for Your Aging Cat

  • 2004 PetMate Safe Cat Award for “Avoiding a Cat-astrophe” (Herald Democrat news article)

  • 2004 Purina Cat Chow Nutrition Award for “A Weighty Problem” (HealthyPet magazine)

  • 2004 CWA Muse Medallion Award Online Column, “Way of Life-Emotional Health”

  • 2004 CWA Muse Medallion Award Newspaper Editorial, “Don’t Make Litter-ary Errors”

  • 2004 DWAA Maxwell Medallion Award for Complete Care for Your Aging Dog, best care/health book

  • 2003 CWA Muse Medallion Award Television Presentation, “Pet Talk”

  • 2003 CWA Muse Medallion Award Online Column, “TabbyTudes”

  • 2003 CWA Muse Medallion Award Online Article, “Love to the Max”

  • 2002 CWA Muse Medallion Award for Complete Kitten Care, best cat behavior/training book

  • 2002 CWA Muse Medallion Award for Complete Kitten Care, best single B&W photo

  • 2002 CWA Muse Medallion Award for Complete Kitten Care, best series B&W photos

  • Purina Kitten Chow Kitten Care Award — 2002 for Complete Kitten Care, best entry on kittens

  • 2002 CWA Muse Medallion Award Online Column, “Way of Life-Emotional Health”

  • 2001 CWA Muse Medallion Award for Way of Life-Emotional Health(CatChow.com), best cat online column

  • 2001 CWA Muse Medallion Award for PeerlessHealth.com Series Article, “The Healing Power of Touch”

  • 2000 CWA Muse Medallion Award for Way of Life-Emotional Health (CatChow.com), best cat online column

  • 1998 CWA Muse Medallion Award for The Purina Encyclopedia of Cat Care, best cat health/care book

  • 1996 Oklahoma Writers Federation “OKIE” Award for Kitten Care & Training, best nonfiction book

  • 1996 DWAA Maxwell Medallion Award for “Pets Are Good For Your Health” published in PetLife

  • 1996 Purina Kitten Chow Kitten Care Award — for Kitten Care & Training, best entry on kittens

  • 1996 CWA Muse Medallion Award for Kitten Care & Training, best cat care book

  • 1993 The Sulfodene/Scratchex Award for Journalistic Excellence in Dog Grooming and Skin Care

  • 1993 The Eukanuba Nutrition Award — Presented by IAMS for the best article on canine nutrition

  • 1993 The Mark Francis Award for Journalistic Excellence — Presented by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association

  • National Federation of Press Women National Communications Contest — 1993: for The Cat Companion

  • 1993 Texas Press Women Communications Contest — First Place, The Cat Companion

  • 1992 First Place, Science/Health Articles Presented by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association

  • 1992 Hill’s Nutrition Award

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