Mary Shafer – Ferndale, Pennsylvania
Mary came up with the idea for Almost Perfect after living several years with Idgie, the subject of her essay. She learned so many life lessons from the small, gray cat that she believed others would benefit from learning about others whose lives had been transformed by living with pets who had some form of disability.
“After watching Idgie live life on her own terms, demanding the right to be and do all the things her sighted siblings enjoy, I realized the potential for Idgie’s story, and those of other critters like her, to inspire readers. I knew we had a great idea for a book,” Mary says. So she acted as editor, building an anthology around her essay, and the result is Almost Perfect.
Professional Background Highlights
- Current: Freelance writer, author, publisher
- 2005: Publication of Mary’s third book, Devastation on the Delaware
- 2005: Launched Word Forge Books publishing house
- 1995-1996: Commercial art instructor, Milwaukee Area Technical College
- 1995: Publication of Mary’s second book, Rural America: A Pictorial Folk Memory
- 1993: Publication of Mary’s first book, Wisconsin: The Way We Were, 1845-1945
Volunteer Work and Other Activities
- Member of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA)
- Volunteer Weather Coordinator for the Nockamixon Township Emergency Management Agency, which can be responsible for aiding in the rescue and care of animals in emergency situations