Thursday, October 16, 2014

This week we're celebrating...


Thank you to VikLit for starting this group where we celebrate all kinds of things on Fridays.
Please visit her site: www.VikLit.blogspot.com.
This week we're celebrating..

  • My friend Janice Spina is releasing her first novel  called Hunting Mariah next month! Congratulations, Janice. I'll be interviewing her on my blog once it's released.
  • A lovely Skype visit with my Mom last weekend.
  • More progress with editing my books, slowly but surely it's coming alo
Thank you for stopping by and wishing you all a great weekend.

Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

This week we're celebrating..

Thank you to VikLit for starting this group whose members celebrate things every Friday.
Stop by VikLit's site; www.VikLit.blogspot.com and check it out.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • A wonderful special dinner with lots of surprises from our son, Shane and his girlfriend.
  • Editing of my two books is coming along, thanks in part to the help of my author friend, Janice Spina who helped me.
  • Our son, Brendan, is enjoying his business trip. We're looking forward to his return in a few days.
Wishing everyone a great weekend. Thank you for stopping by.

Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.

Friday, October 3, 2014

My insecurities this month....

First of all I offer my apologies for not posting this on time. I totally forgot till this morning! Thank you to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this group. Please be sure to stop by his blog to check it out.
Here's what I've been fretting about lately.

  • I''ve been editing my new book for so long it's making me practically cross-eyed! Now I wondering if even more things need to be changed. Fortunately, I found some mistakes that would have made the story confusing. The whole process is just so frustrating sometimes because I'm not sure if what I'm doing is right. But so far I"m trusting my intuitions on it so we will see what develops. We are planning to have the new book out before Christmas so we're anxious to polish it up and get all the kinks out.
Wishing you a great weekend everyone.

website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Thursday, October 2, 2014

This week we're celebrating.....

As you may know on Fridays we celebrate things that have happened during the week. Thank you to VikLit for starting this wonderful group. Please stop by to visit her blog at VikLit.blogspot.com.


  • We had a lovely birthday celebration with Brendan last weekend. We tried a new restaurant and everyone was impressed.
  • Brendan called to say he arrived safely for his business trip. We are so grateful.
  • We look forward to our visit with our son Shane this weekend.
  • We didn't win the Clippa  Contest with my book Tails of Sweetbrier so we're celebrating the fact that we were finalists.
  • We have regularly scheduled Skype visits with our Mom now so we look forward to out chat on Saturday.
  • My dear friend, Sarah Mazor has published another incredible children's book, The Mitzvah Gang. It's really fun to read and has a marvelous message. Here is the cover picture and the link:
  • http://www.amazon.com/Mitzvah-Gang-Childrens-Picture-Holidays-ebook/dp/B00O2RBYIY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412251610&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Mitzvah+Gang

Website:www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Thursday, September 25, 2014

This week we're celebrating..


Thank you to VikLit for starting this group where we celebrate big things and small ones. Please stop by www.VikLit.blogspot.com to check it out.
This week we're celebrating...

  • Our son Brendan's birthday. He's an awesome son and we're so blessed to be his parents.
  • Brendan's safe return from his business trip.
  • The first day of Fall-It's a pretty season for sure
  • More progress on illustrations and editing for our new book.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for visiting.

Website:www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com
Latest interview: http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/New-Fairfield-author-shows-kids-anything-is-5753568.php

Thursday, September 18, 2014

This week we're celebrating...


Every Friday we celebrate things that happen during the week. Here's what we're cheering about this week:

  • My newspaper interview/ article was published last weekend. If you'd like to read it, here's the link: http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/New-Fairfield-author-shows-kids-anything-is-5753568.php
  •  We're having very nice sunny weather. The leaves are just starting to turn colors.
  • Our older son, Brendan, arrived safely at his destination to start the company trip. He should be returning tomorrow.
  • My husband is going to a car event in VT this weekend. He loves those things.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Thank you so much for stopping by.
Special thanks to VikLit for starting this group.
Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newspaper interview Article



Deanie Humphrys-Dunne has written four children's books. She focuses on stories promoting positive messages for children, and often features animals, especially horses. She lives in New Fairfield with her husband, Francis. They have two sons and a dog, Elliot, who has been featured in some of her books.
Q: Horses feature prominently in your stories. Why is that?
A: I grew up on a horse farm called Sweetbrier. Now it's called Lion Hill Farm. My dad decided to teach me how to ride horses, and that changed everything for me. I think it's a good way to get my ideas across to the reader. Most children really like animals.
Q: When did you start writing, and why?
A: I took two courses in Redding in the 1990s. It was 1995 and 1996, I studied with the Institute for Children's Literature. After I graduated, I wrote a little bit. It wasn't until 2009 when I wrote my first book. I decided I really wanted to make a difference for children. "Tails of Sweetbrier" won a Feathered Quill award and is a finalist in the CLIPPA awards. The winner will be announced Oct. 1.
The reason I started writing was that I really want to be a role model for children. Anything is possible if you persevere. "Tails of Sweetbrier" shows the truth of this. My dad made a decision that changed my life. It shows anything is possible if you never give up.
Q: What happened?
A: I had a disability, and a doctor said I wouldn't be able to learn how to walk. My dad picked me up, carried me out and said, "Don't listen to him." When I wanted to learn how to ride horses and jump like my sisters did, he was concerned, but I said, "You teach blind people to ride. It's not fair if you don't teach me." He said, "You can do anything you want, but this will take a little bit longer."
Dad always told us we couldn't give up once we started something. This really was a good thing. Just refuse to give up. You could be really close to your goal and if you give up, you won't get there.
If I gave up, I never would have known horses, learned to ride or learned to walk. It's just what I believe.
Q: Which of your books are fiction and which are non-fiction?
A: All of my books are fiction except for my first, "Tails of Sweetbrier."
Q: Are all your books based on your life experiences?
A: Not exactly. The fiction books are told from the animals' point of view and are very funny. Each has a life lesson.
In "Charlie the Horse," he's unfocused, unsure about things, he has to learn to set goals. In "Charlene the Star," she's supposed to be a racehorse, but she has other ideas. She has to find a way to show her trainer that she doesn't like being a racehorse. It's okay to have different talents than your friends.
In "Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes," the animals work together setting goals and accomplish a lot of things. Charlene the Star decides to start a new business as a coach for horses.
Q: Your sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, does the illustrations for your books. How has that worked out?
A: My sister is very gifted. The illustrations help my stories come to life. I'd have to do stick figures if it weren't for her. She designs the covers, too.
Q: You are also an award-winning blogger. When did you start blogging? Where can people find your blog?
A: I started blogging two years ago. I have a website that specializes in real children's true stories of inspiration, www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.
Q: Are you working on a new book now?
A: Yes, Holly is working on the illustrations now. It has some of the same characters from "Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes." Hattie the chicken is in the new book. Her chicken friends are very depressed, so they decide to put on a talent show. Charlene the Star is trying to become Horse of the Year, and there's a little romance.
Deanie Dumphrys-Dunne's books are available on Amazon. A free chapter of one of her books may be downloaded from www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com. Visit her blog athttp://dhdunne.blogspot.com/.
cmueller@newstimes.com; 203-731-3338; http://twitter.com/CarolynMNT/
copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014
information from Danbury News Times interview.
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne has written four children's books. She focuses on stories promoting positive messages for children, and often features animals, especially horses. She lives in New Fairfield with her husband, Francis. They have two sons and a dog, Elliot, who has been featured in some of her books.
Q: Horses feature prominently in your stories. Why is that?
A: I grew up on a horse farm called Sweetbrier. Now it's called Lion Hill Farm. My dad decided to teach me how to ride horses, and that changed everything for me. I think it's a good way to get my ideas across to the reader. Most children really like animals.
Q: When did you start writing, and why?
A: I took two courses in Redding in the 1990s. It was 1995 and 1996, I studied with the Institute for Children's Literature. After I graduated, I wrote a little bit. It wasn't until 2009 when I wrote my first book. I decided I really wanted to make a difference for children. "Tails of Sweetbrier" won a Feathered Quill award and is a finalist in the CLIPPA awards. The winner will be announced Oct. 1.
The reason I started writing was that I really want to be a role model for children. Anything is possible if you persevere. "Tails of Sweetbrier" shows the truth of this. My dad made a decision that changed my life. It shows anything is possible if you never give up.
Q: What happened?
A: I had a disability, and a doctor said I wouldn't be able to learn how to walk. My dad picked me up, carried me out and said, "Don't listen to him." When I wanted to learn how to ride horses and jump like my sisters did, he was concerned, but I said, "You teach blind people to ride. It's not fair if you don't teach me." He said, "You can do anything you want, but this will take a little bit longer."
Dad always told us we couldn't give up once we started something. This really was a good thing. Just refuse to give up. You could be really close to your goal and if you give up, you won't get there.
If I gave up, I never would have known horses, learned to ride or learned to walk. It's just what I believe.
Q: Which of your books are fiction and which are non-fiction?
A: All of my books are fiction except for my first, "Tails of Sweetbrier."
Q: Are all your books based on your life experiences?
A: Not exactly. The fiction books are told from the animals' point of view and are very funny. Each has a life lesson.
In "Charlie the Horse," he's unfocused, unsure about things, he has to learn to set goals. In "Charlene the Star," she's supposed to be a racehorse, but she has other ideas. She has to find a way to show her trainer that she doesn't like being a racehorse. It's okay to have different talents than your friends.
In "Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes," the animals work together setting goals and accomplish a lot of things. Charlene the Star decides to start a new business as a coach for horses.
Q: Your sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, does the illustrations for your books. How has that worked out?
A: My sister is very gifted. The illustrations help my stories come to life. I'd have to do stick figures if it weren't for her. She designs the covers, too.
Q: You are also an award-winning blogger. When did you start blogging? Where can people find your blog?
A: I started blogging two years ago. I have a website that specializes in real children's true stories of inspiration, www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.
Q: Are you working on a new book now?
A: Yes, Holly is working on the illustrations now. It has some of the same characters from "Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes." Hattie the chicken is in the new book. Her chicken friends are very depressed, so they decide to put on a talent show. Charlene the Star is trying to become Horse of the Year, and there's a little romance.
Deanie Dumphrys-Dunne's books are available on Amazon. A free chapter of one of her books may be downloaded from www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com. Visit her blog athttp://dhdunne.blogspot.com/.
cmueller@newstimes.com; 203-731-3338; http://twitter.com/CarolynMNT/