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About the Author, Illustrator & Digital Designer 
 
Illustrator Rose Dean of New cat book author Janette Noelle Dean of In Defense of Cats! which she wrote for cat lovers of all ages. See more at http://www.indefenseofcats.comJanette Noelle Dean was raised in Wisconsin and Minnesota in the United States and grew up loving nature and animals. 
 
Her mother Rose Dean, the book's talented illustrator, and her father Gary Dean made Janette's great affection for cats possible by bringing home five special cats through the years. 
 
Janette also had her much-loved cat Fiona when she originally wrote In Defense of Cats! on a beautiful day in Los Angeles in response to negative comments she had heard through the years about cats. 
 
Not surprisingly, two of Janette's most favorite childhood poems featured cats: Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat (part of the Library of Congress' Books That Shaped America exhibition) and T.S. Eliot's Growltiger's Last Stand (now part of the bestselling musical "Cats") which her dad would read to her and her brother David with great gusto.  

David actually helped greatly in the online publishing of In Defense of Cats! by contributing his digital Photoshop and graphic design expertise to prepare the images for electronic publishing. 
 
David and Janette from the team who created In Defense of CatsJanette most recently resided in the Tahoe-Reno area with her two shelter-adopted dogs, Finnan and Keira, and cats, Tristan (a handsome "black panther") and Pumpkin, an apricot tabby who is a rescued barn cat. (Janette's other three pets were found on the incredible Petfinder site and their rescue stories are in Janette's Cat Book Blog.) 
 
New cat book author Janette Noelle Dean with her rescued dogs, Finnan and Keira. See her book at http://www.indefenseofcats.com
Cat book author Janette's chihuahua-pug mix Keira RowanCat book author Janette's whippet mix Finnan ButterscotchCat book author Janette's black cat Tristan Jinx  
Rose is a lifelong Midwesterner and has loved nature, animals, and drawing since childhood. In August 2012, after their cat Misty passed on, Rose and Gary adopted new cat Shane (below) who was the Pet of the Week (with former name Paisley) from a local animal shelter in the La Crosse, WI area. Shane makes everyday more fun for Gary and Rose with his sweet ways and humorous antics. His "Please, won't you take me home?" look below was more than they could resist and now he is a very happy cat.
 
Cat Book Illustrator Rose Dean's cat named Shane
 
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