Here’s That Purr-ty Certificate of Excellence from CWA!

For me this was so thrilling! Catwoods is my first book!

Actually seeing the certificate gave it an added dimension for me! When writing I try to think of the ways spoken language sounds . . . and we might say something is “purty” here, with emphasis on the first syllable, and drawing it out. So when I said it, of course “purr” came to mind so I made it “purr-ty”.

I’d been writing and doing artwork all my years when chronic illness with no known cure really set me back in mid-life. Then one day I decided to write a book about my cats . . . it took forever, four times as long as it would have if I’d been able to work at full speed. It’s my first book. So this is a big deal for me!

I am so grateful to the Cat Writers’ Association and all those who worked so hard on the contest!

That’s Franklin’s blankie sans Franklin. He wouldn’t pose with the book because that’s The late Minx on the cover, not him. This is Volume 1 and it goes way back and ends in late 2004 – early 2005, before Frankie joined us.

“What the . . . ” says Franklin.

That’s Franklin on the day he realized he wasn’t on the cover!

Sale of the book does help us care for Franklin, as well as those cats known as “the kittens” (though they are about 10 months now, and growing large) and also some ferals. So do check out the link to the upper right hand side of this page, or the “Order the Catwoods book online” page, if you would like to have a copy! We appreciate it!


Shelley’s watching

Here’s Shelley watching us, on a dazzling sunny evening!


About Leah

I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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73 Responses to Here’s That Purr-ty Certificate of Excellence from CWA!

  1. JoAnn says:

    Wow, nice and congrats. I had no idea that there was a cat writer’s association, that’s fabulous!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you JoAnn, I appreciate your kind words. Indeed there is a Cat Writers’ Association and I have found them to be a wonderful group! There is also a Dog Writers’ Association.

  2. da-AL says:

    many congrats & best of luck!! would you be so kind as to guest blog post for my site? if you’re so inclined, here’s a link to general guidelines:

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, da-AL! I’m flattered and honored that you have asked me to contribute a guest post. I really like your blog in so many ways; I’ll just mention the colorful background for now. Sadly I must say that I can’t absolutely promise due to health problems. I’ve had a serious chronic illness for 27 years and have recently had a downturn in what I can do per day. I’m now really struggling to keep up. That’s why I don’t get around and comment on the blogs of others the way I’d like to; also why I’m several years behind on book reviews I wanted to do/said I would do; also why even though I won a MUSE Medallion award last night from Cat Writers’ Association, it will likely be tomorrow or even longer before I post about it. So if you were okay with waiting as long as a month or two, or even more, and would not feel that I was just “making excuses”, I’d love to start thinking along the lines of maybe, the process of making animals a part of one’ s writing goals, or something like that. Just let me know, whatever you decide is cool with me. Cheers and best regards, Leah

      • da-AL says:

        Any time that works for you would be great, Leah — no timeline at all. sorry for your current challenges — wishing you a speedy recovery, dear ❤

  3. Pazlo says:

    Wow! I don’t know how I missed this!
    Many congrats on your award from the CWA.
    You should be very proud.
    Your book is a knockout, and I have enjoyed every page I’ve read so far!

    All my best,


    • Catwoods says:

      Paz, thanks so much for your kind words about my book! I’m so glad that you are enjoying it. My favorite part of being published is when someone likes the book. BTW I have now read both of your Sasha of the Chukchi Sea books, and they are excellent! Very gripping story-telling! Cheers and Meows, Leah

  4. Congratulations, Leah. May your feline friends continue to inspire you and find themselves immortalized in your writing. 😸

  5. Very well deserved certificate indeed. A Big Congratulation to Leah, Franklin and Shelly. Keep up the good work. Best! Ashraf

  6. juliadeniro says:


  7. Yeah! Congrats! It’s wonderful that your work has been recognized!

  8. Lulu: “What big eyes you have, Shelley!”

  9. Carole Schulman says:

    Congratulations!!! What a major accomplishment. I am going to have to see and read it. And Franklin, tut tut my boy. Be a big boy about the picture!
    Katie Isabella— Blogspot

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Carole and Katie Isabella, I appreciate your kind words and I hope you enjoy the book! And LOL I will pass on your comments to Franklin!

  10. Charles Huss says:

    I am very happy for you that your work has been recognized for excellence. I would like to recognize that those two photos are beautiful.

  11. catscue says:

    Congratulations! Well earned!

  12. Charlotte says:

    Awesome! Congrats, Leah!

  13. niasunset says:

    This is great news, congratulations dear Leah, Thank you, Love, nia

  14. Lavinia Ross says:

    Congratulations, Leah!

  15. nananoyz says:


  16. Concatulations, Leah, Franklin and Shelley, that’s Excellent🎉😸Pawkisses for a Happy Tuesday🐾😽💞

  17. Congrats!! A wonderful achievement!

    And here’s to the next volume:)

    Franklin is jealous of his ‘furbears’? OMC! He should know that they set the stage for him…but oh well, his day will come, I am sure.

    Shelly sure knew to be in the best possible place to show off her gorgeous self!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words and hopes for the next volume, Meezer’sMews&TerrioristicalWoofs! You thought of an angle I had not about the previous cats in our home, but when I presented it to Franklin, well, there’s no telling him anything, LOL! Shelley and I thank you for the nice compliment, the sun was streaming in from a window directly above her when I got that picture.

  18. APAWSS APAWSS!!! Well dun Miss Leah!! HURRAH!! You toetallee deeserve this award an many more fore ritin a book deespite yore health issuess…LadyMew sayss shee admiress you so-o much an yore her “Shee-row”!!
    An Franklin do not wurry; yore tern will come to bee on a mew book…mee iss sure of it!!
    An Shelley girl yore lookin furry purrty tonite…..
    **purrss** BellaDharm an (((huggiess))) LadyMew too

    • LadyMew furgot mee ‘a’…that shuud bee BellaDharma 😉

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks so much for all your kind words, BellaDharma and LadyMew! Franklin will no doubt be on a book someday – and he is on this website more than most – but he is a cat who does not much like other kitties, some cats are just that way, LOL. Shelley and I thank you for the nice compliment! Purrs and hugs and all the best going out to you two, BellaDharma and Lady Mew!

  19. inese says:

    Congratulations, well deserved!

  20. -Eugenia says:

    Congratulations and well deserved!

  21. pollymorse says:

    Congratulations! Franklin does look a tad surprised.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Polly, I appreciate it! Indeed, Frankie thinks he should be the cover cat as well as the only cat pictured on this website, and he is not shy about expressing that viewpoint.

  22. Platypus Man says:

    It’s obviously been tough, but your purr-severance has paid off. Congratulations 😺

  23. Yvon says:

    Wonderful and well done Leah 👍🍀

  24. Weezer! This is great!

  25. Garfield Hug says:

    Congratulations Leah and I am motivated by your commitment to finish the book despite the health issues. I too, will muster up strength and courage to live daily and nag at my bag of bones to behave! Well done and am proud of you!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, GH, I appreciate it! I am inspired daily by your strength as you keep going, you keep posting, and you retain your marvelous sense of humor, as I know you also have health challenges. So I am also proud of you!

  26. retrodee says:


  27. Congratulations on your hard work and on your award.

  28. LA says:

    🐈 💗

  29. Brian says:

    That really is a pretty certificate, congrats from all of us!

  30. 15andmeowing says:

    Congratulations on your much deserved certificate. I hope you get the muse medallion too. And I hope you write volume 2 so we can learn more about these cuties. XO

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Ellen I appreciate it! You make me want to go on with Volume 2 which I’m really dragging on – it’s mostly written but getting the last details done feels daunting this year. XO

  31. Timothy Price says:

    Way to go, Leah. Franklin looks surprised and Shelly looks gorgeous. Same as it ever was?

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks so much Tim! Ahahahaha that’s true for sure, Franklin’s big prominent eyes always look startled and Shelley is always a glamour girl!

  32. John says:

    Congratulations, Leah!! I just purchased your book, thanks!! 😻❤️

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