The 25th Cat Writers’ Association Conference was the Cat’s Meow

CWA Conference and Awards Banquet brochures created by Wendy Christensen.

I attended the Cat Writer’s Association’s 25th anniversary conference in St. Louis this past May. The conference took place at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch which was literally steps away from the famous landmark. CWA is an association for authors, illustrators, photographers, and others who produce work featuring felines. They host a contest with a variety of prizes and awards and hold an annual conference in different locations. I received a Certificate of Excellence for my cozy mystery,  Love on the Rocks, in the category of mystery fiction books.

For a recap of the conference and my experience in St. Louis, read my blog post here. My cat Harry also “wrote” a post on my character cat’s blog about the cats who attended the conference. You can see all the cute cat photos and read that post here.

Besides the great donations aka “swag” that I brought home for my kitties along with all the information I gathered from the workshops and sessions, it was wonderful meeting other cat lovers and writers. It was also lots of fun wearing cat ears and clothing. The highlight of the conference was participating on the “Communicating, Capitalizing, and Connecting in a Fictional World” panel with three other cat fiction authors.

For those who might be interested in joining the Cat Writers’ Association, check out the website for information and an application.

Cat Writer panelists at the CWA Conference: Top left to right: Mollie Hunt, author of the Crazy Cat Lady Mysteries; Patricia Fry, author of the Klepto-Cat series; Bottom left to right: Sandra Murphy, short story author; Debbie De Louise, author of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series
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Debbie DeLouise

Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her Cobble Cove mystery series published by Solstice Publishing includes A Stone's Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone, and Love on the Rocks. Debbie has also written articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres and a romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace. She is also the author of two standalone novels; Reason to Die, a mystery, and Cloudy Rainbow, a paranormal romance. Her psychological mystery, Sea Scope, is currently on pre-order and is due to be published in May 2019. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and 3 cats.

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