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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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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Recipe | Main Dish | Vegetables |Potato Pie

Recipe: Potato Pie
Potato Pie Recipe Photo (C) 2014 Joyce VanKirk

Potato Pie Recipe Photo (C) 2014 Joyce VanKirk

Summary                                                Joyce Vankirk says: This is a recipe my mother has made for all of us for so long. I can actually say I have no idea where it came from but I do know it’s been in my family for a very long time. The only thing I can say about it is you have to taste it to understand why I love this recipe. 

I have never eaten “Potato Pie.” It sounds interesting Joyce! Thanks for the recipe and also for taking the extra time to shoot the photos.


   This Author Cooks!                                                                                                                                                                    
 Photo (C) Joyce VanKirk
Ingredients: {Crust}   
2 cups flour
2/3 cups of Shortening
1 pinch of salt [optional] 
8 TBSP water
Ingredients: {Potato Mix}
6 to 8 Potatoes cleaned, peeled and dice

Photo (C) 2014 Joyce VanKirk

Photo (C) 2014 Joyce VanKirk

Salt and Pepper
5 to 6 slice Margarine
In medium bowl combine flour, salt and shortening together. With fork mix thoroughly [or however you feelmore comfortable doing it] until well blended. Add water and with hands [optional] mix it until it forms into a ball. When finished split in half. Roll out one half first using flour. Then put into pie pan. Then follow with the final half set aside.

Take the rinse dice potatoes put them in pie pan on top of dough. Salt and Pepper then put slices of margarine on potatoes. With the other rolled out dough put it on top of potatoes and seal around edges.  With a fork poke holes all over the top.
Bake at 350 degrees on middle rack for 1 hour.When finished cut a slice out and put into bowl. Pour milk over it and Enjoy!
*You can check the potatoes by putting a fork into the pie to see if they are soft. Just peel a small piece of crust off……
                                                                                                                                                               Authors Cook
Author Joyce VanKirk

Author Joyce VanKirk

Recipe Contributor: Joyce Vankirk 

Pennsylvania, USA
     I write children / young adult books. My first book “The Six Forest Friends” which  was published in 2009 it is a series of ten books. The characters in the book were created from my six grandchildren. I am now working on the second one. I also published another children’s book called “Sammy, the Fox Learns About Easter”. I have two young adult books called “Against Bullying Club” and “The little Brave One” I love reading books mainly romance and mysteries and I also enjoy giving reviews too.
Here is my Web Page: 
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eBooks Free December 18, 2013

The giving continues, Merry Christmas….FREE! Today! eBooks —                                            Grab your copy now… 

Alexandra Faer Bryan – Green Kitty Go to for the link.

Jodi Desautels – Johnny’s Adventures Make Reading Fun Go to:

Clarinda Cloud –
Virginia Wright Author – Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do

Crying Bear –

The Princess and the Castle –

The Prince and the Dragon –
Dennis Higgins – Parallel Roads (Lost on Route 66)

Catherine Wolffe– The Lady in the Mist (A Werewolf’s Tale)
Sandra L. Portman – Three Things You Don’t Know About Santa
Launa McNeilly – Lies in a Season of Tribulation, code QW88Y at

Sherry Ellis – That Baby Woke Me Up Again

Author Rhonda Patton

Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia These free ebooks based on Indian scriptures are just a click away from the website –

Enjoy! -Virginia

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Blog Hop Interview – Tag! You’re It!

July 15, 2013

Hi everyone! I was invited by my author friend, Diana Jenkins, to participate in a “blog hop interview.” In order to participate, I answer interview questions, and I tag three other author’s. They post interview questions on their blog pages 7/22. The folks they tag, will post their interview questions and answers on their blogs 7/29, and so forth. A lot of hopping!

You can find Diana’s interview questions and answers here: . Diana posted, July 8, 2013.

Here are my answers to the interview questions and answers:

1. What are you working on right now?

My WIP…hmm, it is quite different than the last five books that I have written–worlds a part from each other actually. I was born and raised in Maine. One of my works in progress is a cookbook titled, “Ayuh, Another Downeast Cookbook!” I’m so excited, as I love cooking, food photography, and food blogging ( Ayuh, has been in the works for many years now with the cooperation of  members from the Maine Guides Association, a forester, an outdoor editor, Fishermen, and housewives helping me bring great recipes from Maine to my cookbook. My hope is, that this interesting cookbook will be released early 2014. Maybe sooner?

2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?

Ayuh, Another Downeast Cookbook is different in its genre in that ‘some’ of the recipes are different–not your usual recipes. :-) Ayuh, is a bit unique not only because of the recipes, but because of a few of the people who gave me recipes for my book. One of which was a well-known outdoor editor in Maine, now deceased.  I have some real treasures in my possession, and that will be in my cookbook!

3. Why do you write what you do?

My poem says it all…

Writers Write

4. How does your writing process work?

My writing process is not scientific by any means, like my poem says…I write from my heart.

For ideas, I don’t brainstorm–I guess you could say, they just happen. It may be that I am washing the dishes, yes, some people still wash the dishes by hand and not with a dishwasher! Or, I might be driving in the car, or standing in line at the grocery store, and the ideas just pop in my head! Voila! Idea now ingrained in my brain–I grab a pen and paper from my purse and I write the basic idea down.

So, no, not a real process…

Thank you for the tag, Diana!

In addition, I am tagging the following authors. Make sure to check out their blog posts on the following date: July 22, 2013

Jodi Desautels – Children’s Author:

Dennis Higgins – YA Author:

Joe Pranaitis – Author:

Tag! You’re It! I can’t wait to see who’s next!

Have a wonderful literary summer!

-Virginia Wright

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