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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Latest release: Who the Hell Are you? Alzheimer’s the Wrong Diagnosis

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Friday Spotlight: Deanie Dunne, Children’s Writer

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT 5/27/16 – Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a children’s book author with five books published at this time: Award-winning autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. All of her books offer positive messages for children. Her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrates her books and designs the covers.

Deanie will be giving away her book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. Thank you, Deanie!!

Go to the link below and download your FREE copy of Deanie’s eBook :

Charlene the Star and Bently Bulldog
by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Description: Charlene the Star makes new friends in this exciting adventure. She wants to win a special award for jumpers. She must learn important things if she wants to reach her goal. Does she succeed? How does Hattie react when she sees the headline in The Gazette? Why is Cherish so afraid? Your child will be fascinated with the amusing adventures of Charlene and her friends. Children will be entertained and learn important life lessons.

Give Deanie a warm welcome and please comment below. For more information on Deanie Humphrys, please contact her at the links below.

– Virginia
From Here to Eternity…The Dennis Higgins/ Virginia Wright Fan Club

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Pistachio Cake Recipe

Yes, Authors cook!

Thanks Deanie for your submission. This sounds delicious! 


Recipe Submitted  by Author: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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1 pkg. of yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1/3 C oil
1 C club soda or seltzer water
1/4 C chopped nuts (optional)
1 pkg. pistachio pudding mix

Beat until well blended. Use bundt pan. Cook in the oven, for about 1 hr. Bake at 350-degree oven.

2 pkgs. pistachio pudding mix
1 C milk
1 pt. whipping cream

Whip together until thick. Spread on the cake when it’s cool.
Everyone in the family loves this cake!


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ChristmasCookiesFav2Hi, Everyone! Grab your coffee and a Christmas cookie (S) and stop on by to the 3rd Annual Author December Book Giveaway on December 19, 2015.  We have a number of writer’s participating in this event, giving away eBooks, paperbacks, and Amazon gift cards too!

Here is the event link on Facebook:

I’m going to be opening up My New Release (Timothy the Christmas Mouse) FREE on Kindle on December 18th and December 19th, 2015. You will go to the link on those dates to download your free Kindle eBook. I am hoping you like the eBook so much that you buy the paperback. :-) Another new release is the companion coloring book $5.95, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Front cover 17 8.27x10.50

During the book giveaway event December 19th, I am also going to be giving away (1) The Christmas Secret: Mikey’s Story (1) Timothy the Christmas Mouse Coloring Book, and (4) $5.00 Amazon gift cards so you can buy books of your choice.

CALLING ALL AUTHORS — are you having a book giveaway on December 19th? If you are, please stop by the 3rd Annual Author December Book Giveaway and open your eBook up for free on Amazon, Smashwords, or in PDF form, give away a paperback, or an Amazon gift card on the 19th at the event. It is the event to give back to our followers, fans, and customers.

Besides myself,  below are a few of the authors participating in the event…and the list grows.

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See you at the event!

-Virginia  xo

Charlie the HorseDeanie Dunne 

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s author. She spent her childhood in Easton CT. Her first book, Tails of Sweetbrier, an autobiography, won the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards, was a finalist in the Clippa Awards and Honorable Mention in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. Her fictional books: Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, are amusing stories told from the animals’ points of view. They all convey important life lessons for children. All of Deanie’s books are beautifully illustrated by her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. Holly also designs the covers for them.
Deanie has been featured on several radio shows, including She has also been interviewed on various other radio shows. She has also received numerous blogging award nominations.
Deanie loves watching equestrian events and figure skating competitions, as well as spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. Elliott is featured in 3 of Deanie’s books!
Deanie’s website is:

PenniesDennis Higgins

Award winning author: As a distant relative of Davy Crockett, world traveler and native of Chicago, Illinois, I have always possessed a romance with things of the past that are gone but not forgotten. I now live in the suburbs with my lovely wife, our dog and a couple of birds.

Among my influences are: Richard Matheson, Jack Finney, Dean Koontz, Joan Wester Anderson, Peter S. Beagle and Audrey Neffenegger.

PENNIES FROM ACROSS THE VEIL – A love story about death
The seemingly paranormal phenomena recorded in this book, are entirely based on true events.

Pennies From Across the Veil is a love story…about death.

Karl Himmel tells the story to an unknown presence, of how he met, fell in love, and married the woman of his dreams, Jenny Engels. But at the time of the telling, Karl and Jenny find themselves on different sides of the veil – the separation we call DEATH.

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Laura W. Eckroat

Laura’s latest book — Red Goes To Kindergarten is NOW AVAILABLE!
Laura Eckroat was born and raised in Whiting, Indiana. She has lived in Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, and nowRed Goes to Kindergarten lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She is married to Steven and has a daughter, Ashley. She also has a 3yr old Anatolian Shepherd named Muffin, who was rescued by the Eckroat’s when she was 12 wks old. Mrs. Eckroat is an elementary school teacher. She volunteers at the Ft Worth Nature Ctr using her books to teach children about the beauty and wonder of nature; her workshops also teach children how to start a Science journal. She previously was an HR mgr and the gen mgr of an educational toy store. She is also a Chicago Bears football fan — and will always be! Even though Dallas Cowboy Fans try and convert her!

The Life of Bud won Best Children’s Book at the NTBF in 2010. A Simpler Time was used by the Southbridge, MA school district as their Summer Reading kickoff book for 2010. Laura’s 3rd book “Went Out To Get a Donut – Came Home With a Muffin” was featured in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine in June, 2012 & won BEST Children’s Book ages 7 & Under by the Texas Association of Authors. Her 4th book and Muffin’s 2nd adventure – “What’s In the Corner? A Muffin “Tail” released June, 2013. If you would like Mrs. Eckroat to visit your school or library — please contact her at — she gives presentations on the importance of writing and shares with children her love of writing!

Contact Laura at — for workshops and presentations.
Feel free to email Laura with comments or questions, and she would appreciate any reviews on

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Take 175 years of a small village, throw in some anecdotes, pictures, maps, aerials, and newspaper articles, and you will see what compiler and editor Marion L. Cornett comes up for two local history books. The Fowlerville Chronicles has actually sold out–more may be printed so be sure to check back. Through the Eyes of a Country Editor helps to tell the history of Fowlerville from 1874-1929, through the wit and wisdom of G.L. Adams, editor and publisher of The Fowlerville Review.

My passion is history during the early 1900s and doing research to gain more insight and knowledge prompted me to compile these two self-published books. And now, I’m onto more writing, with the recently-released Juniper and Anise, a fictional story based on events that took place during the United States’ Prohibition Era. I’m working on a companion novel set during the same time period.

When I’m not writing, my day job is commercial embroidery, which I’ve done for nearly 20 years. Love to read, write, exercise, socialize, and be a part of the internet social media.

Born to be creative, loves to write–that’s my motto.

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