AUTHOR OF THE DAY
Amy Shojai, CABC calls herself an "accidental writer" because she took a detour on her way to Broadway and stayed to write books. She earned a double-major in music and theater performance, and sings, plays piano and cello, as well as composing/producing musical comedy plays.
Amy is a certified animal behavior consultant (for dogs and cats) and a former vet tech. All of these topics inform Amy's "pet-centric Thrillers With Bite!" She is also the award-winning author of more than 30 nonfiction pet care books, and has appeared frequently in the media as a pet care expert, including Animal planet.
Once Amy accepted the commute from her mid-west home to New York theater was outside her gas budget, writing became her creative outlet. She fell in love with advocating for pets through her articles, blogs and books, and co-founded the Cat Writers Association in 1992 (catwriters.com). She's also a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and an honorary life member/past president of Oklahoma Writers Federation.
Today, Amy lives in North Texas with an 11-year-old wise-ass German Shepherd, a delinquent four-year-old tabby cat, and a 21-year-old Siamese wannabe who rules the whole house.
In her spare time, Amy volunteers with local school programs and community theaters teaching young thespians, as well as offering professional cat and dog behavior consults to help solve "pet peeves." Oh...and she loves bling, especially pet-theme jewelry, hence the name of her blog, BLING, BITCHES & BLOOD.
Amy's critically acclaimed September & Shadow Thriller Series, set in North Texas, are high-octane domestic thrillers praised by James Rollins, J.T. Ellison. Jon Land and others. They feature an animal behaviorist who plays cello on the side, and her German Shepherd service dog (he has his own viewpoint chapters!) as well as a trained Maine Coon cat. Of course, her "furry muses" keep her honest and on track writing both fiction and nonfiction that empowers pet lovers with life saving info-tainment.
Learn more about Amy:
Amy Sojai, CABC (certified Animal Behavior Consultant)
Where to get Amy's books:
Bling, Bitches and Blood - her blog