Interview with Reader’s Favorite Book Award-Winner, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Today’s guest author is Reader’s Favorite Book Award-Winner, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. Deanie is a winner in 2016, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading Presented by The Author’s She has received several other awards and nominations.

I met Deanie online a few years ago, and we have been author buddies ever since. I hope you have fun learning a little bit more about Deanie through the conversation we had below.  Her book My Life at Sweetbrier is being spotlighted in this interview as it is a true story that I loved.

My Life at Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a beautiful, touching true story about a little girl that was diagnosed with a condition Cerebral Palsy and was told by her doctor that she would never be able to walk. Her father would not accept that diagnosis and instills faith in his little girl, and he set out to teach her to ride horses and felt if she could do that, she would be okay. Her parents opened a riding school (Sweetbrier) so that her dad could keep his promise to her. Despite her diagnosis, the family sets out on quite a journey in life…I recommend this book for older aged children for a couple of reasons, because it is a touching story of determination and it teaches a lesson never to give up, and that dreams can come true.

Big Bear Hugs,


How long have you been writing?

I studied and graduated from 2 courses at the Institute of Children’s Literature before writing my first book, Tails of Sweetbrier. It was published in 2009 but republished in 2017 with a new title, My Life at Sweetbrier, a new cover, and five additional chapters.

Do you like silence or music when you are writing?

I prefer silence because I think it’s easier to concentrate on my writing without distractions.

Is there any one thing that helps the creative juices flow?

No, I’d like to discover one, though.  If I have trouble discovering an idea, I try taking a break from writing. It sometimes helps me gather ideas.

What is your next work in progress?

My sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, is working on the illustrations for our next book. We’re excited about creating our first picture book, about a little tractor named Wilbur. We don’t have a timeframe for the release yet, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated on it.

What would you like readers to remember most about My Life at Sweetbrier?

I think every child deserves to be inspired to follow their dreams because all things are possible if you persevere. You can realize your dreams against the odds like I did.

Thank you so much for interviewing me today, Virginia. We had fun together, as always. -Deanie

You are welcome, Deanie. It was fun…you truly are an inspiration. Xo -Virginia

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Interview by: Author and Illustrator, Virginia Wright 
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13301425_539148542936390_8159372963596462453_oFRIDAY SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY 6/17/2016 – Please everyone give a warm welcome to Artist & Author, Tracy Campbell. Tracy and I have been pals online for quite some time. She is as sweet as her whimsical, warm designs are. Let’s give Tracy a big welcome with your comments. Tracy will be doing an eBook giveaway and we will choose her winner from the commenters. Thanks, Tracy! We appreciate your kindness.

-Virginia Xo
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Tracy Campbell is a published artist of calendars, wrapping paper and gift cards, an author of how-to-paint magazine articles and a faith-filled, inspirational coloring book for kids-at-heart. When Tracy’s not writing, she loves to sharpen pencils, flip open paint lids, and yank off marker caps to create whimsical works of art just for ewe.

Customers say her art is sweet and so warm the designs might leap off the page and land right in your heart.

She lives with her hubby and fur baby in Wasaga Beach (the Canadian tourist town known for having the longest freshwater beach in the world).

Tracy is also a rare breed dog owner, chocoholic, motorcycle mamma, antique lover, and a collector of roosters and sheep (thankfully, not live ones).

Tracy’s Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love Coloring Book was released on May 25, 2016, in eBook format. A bonus link included at the end of the eBook is for you to download your very own high-resolution, printable copy of the entire coloring book.

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Artist, Author, Retired Interior Design Professional
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Honeybees |See What The Buzzzzzzzz Is About…

A new Facebook cover that talented Author Rhonda Patton did for me… I love it. Thank you, Rhonda!
HONEYBEES ARE AMAZING CREATURES, for they are insects that provide us with golden sweet food known as honey. Learn the basics about honeybees, where and how they live. This is an educational, non-fiction book, for all ages. Teachers can use Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do as a honeybee primer in the classroom– it is easy to understand and answers the questions:Do all honeybees sting?
What do they do with pollen?
How do they make honey?
What is pollination?
Does all honey look and taste alike?
What can we do to benefit the bees?
What kind of flowers do honeybees prefer? virginiawright
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Guest Author: Sherry Ellis Author of Ten Zany Birds

Ten zany birds have a tree party, until one by one they find other things to do. It’s a zany countdown – which bird will stick around?

Sherry Ellis, authorWhat a cute book…and great, introduction to my special guest. Today my friend and author, Sherry Ellis has been gracious enough to take time out of her super-busy schedule to stop by my blog as, guest author. Sherry Ellis has always been an inspiration to me as she is an amazing woman,  not only is she a freelance writer and award-winning author, she is a mom and a professional musician.

Her books include, That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN, That Mama is a Grouch, and Ten Zany Birds.

She is also a professional musician who plays and teaches violin, viola, and piano.                                                                                                                                                   Sherry lives with her husband and two children in Atlanta, Georgia.

You can learn more about Sherry Ellis on her website,

Ten Zany Birds

Description: Ten zany birds have a party in a tree, singing and dancing. Five have stripes, three have spots, and one has purple polka dots. They’re all having fun, but one by one, they become distracted.

One is frightened by a loud plane. One gets hungry. One wants to race and another needs a bath. Only one stays to sing in the tree, but who will it be?

Ten Zany Birds is a fun, beautifully illustrated picture book. As parents and teachers read, children are introduced to counting and basic subtraction skills. Whenever a bird leaves, the number of striped, spotted, and polka-dotted birds changes, teaching the application of simple classification rules.

Whimsical and entertaining, Sherry Ellis’s tale of ten silly, distractible little birds is an excellent choice for both prereader storybook time and early readers.   

Let’s get on with our interview: 

Ten Zany Birds Cover What inspired you to write, Ten Zany BirdsMy daughter received a birthday party invitation a few years ago. On the front of the card was a picture of some crazy little birds. They ignited my imagination. I had been contemplating writing a counting book, and I thought little birds would be perfect for it.

How is Ten Zany Birds different from other counting books?  When I wrote Ten Zany Birds, I wanted to create a book that not only taught kids about numbers and counting, but also about colors, classifying, and basic subtraction.  Ten Zany Birds does that. Each of the birds is a different color. Some have stripes. Some have spots. One has purple polka dots. As each bird becomes distracted and leaves, the number of spotted and striped birds in each group changes. It teaches children to pay attention to these details. The simple rhyming text is also good for early readers.

The water color illustrations are so colorful and whimsical. Can you tell us about the illustrator? Charu Jain is the illustrator. She is a very talented lady who lives in India. I met her through a children’s writer and illustrator social media site called, JacketFlap. I looked at samples of her work and noticed that not only were they excellent, but she also seemed to really enjoy drawing birds. That was important for a book with lots of birds! She had also mentioned that it was her dream to illustrate a children’s book. I contacted her, and the rest is history. I think children will really enjoy the colorful world she created. They’ll like the little spider and snail characters she included on each page, too.

Do you have any other projects you are working on? Yes. My agent has another picture book manuscript I wrote called, Don’t Feed the Elephant! He’s looking for a publisher. He also has the manuscripts for my children’s chapter book series. The first book is called, Bubba & Squirt and The Big Dig to China.  I’m currently revising some of the manuscripts in that series. The premise of the series is that two kids, Bubba and Squirt, travel through a hole that goes through the Earth and takes them to different countries. There they have adventures, while learning about the language, history, and culture of the country. I have other ideas for picture books, and even a novel. They should keep me writing for a long time!

Where can readers purchase your book(s)? They can be found on Amazon:

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Where can readers connect with you? I’m on Facebook:


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Thank you for having me as a guest!

You are welcome, Sherry. As always you are an inspiration. I wish you the best with your new book Ten Zany Birds, it is an adorable book. I also look forward to your future writing projects!

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11911397_875893349127014_1580770496_nHi Everyone, A few weeks ago I shared a cover reveal for PENNIES FROM ACROSS THE VEIL by Dennis Higgins, and of course,  the cover is absolutely beautiful as you can see here on this post.  I pre-ordered the eBook, and you can share your love and order his eBook too. I am truly  looking forward to reading it!

And Pennies From Across the Veil is a paranormal love story about death, based on true events.

Dennis Higgins is a native of Chicago, Illinois, a relative of Davy Crockett, a husband to his lovely wife, and a pet owner to his dog and a couple of birds.

He has always possessed a romance of things of the past that are gone but not forgotten. The Time Pilgrims series he authored is exciting, treasured, and loved by YA, NA as well as adults.

*Katya and Cyrus Time Pilgrims

*Almost Yesterday

*Tomorrow’s Borrowed Trouble

*Parallel Roads

*Steampunk Alice – A  Novella

Author Dennis Higgins

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You can find Dennis Higgins books online through his publisher, Whiskey Creek Press,




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Lastly, I can’t help but mentioning the cover of  Dennis Higgins book, Steampunk Alice, released last year, was illustrated by me. The very year it was released the cover took home the Gold in AUTHORSdb 2014 Cover Contest. It is a great read! Buy here. Don’t forget to check out my handy work on the cover.

Happy Holidays!

My latest release is Timothy the Christmas Mouse  Storybook and Timothy the Christmas Mouse Coloring Book For Children. You can find my books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble– links below.

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