Thursday, February 26, 2015

This week we're celebrating...


On Fridays we celebrate whatever happened during the week. Thank you Lexa Cain for continuing this blog! Be sure to stop by LexaCain.blogspot.com to find out what everyone else is happy about.
Here's what we're happy about this week:

  • My friend, Janice Spina's book Louey the Lazy Elephant has been in the top 100 Kindle books for over a month.
  • My new book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog was in the top 100 Kindle books for one day. Louey the Elephant will have to coach Bentley about how to stay on top! :)
  • I just reviewed another lovely book by Gigi Sedlmayer and gave it 5-stars! You can check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Talon-Flight-Life-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/product-reviews/B00J2646HG/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R21XX5YFXTGPN9
  • My husband's car, Carl, is home now! I'm sure he's comfortable being back in his room (our garage)
  • Tomorrow I'm being interviewed by my author friend, Sherry Ellis on her blog, Mama Diaries. Hope you stop by to check it out: Sherry Ellis.blogspot.com.
  • Another author friend, Deb Hockenberry, interviewed me this week here:
  • http://www.debhockenberry.com/the-bumpy-road-to-writing-for-children.html
Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

An Interview with Deanie Humphyr








Today, we’re chatting with Deanie Humphrys-Dunne about her newest book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. Hi, Deanie! Welcome to The Bumpy Road To Writing For Children. Pull up a chair, get a cup of coffee, and let’s chat for a while.

“Thank you so much for inviting me to chat with you this morning, Deb! I love spending time with you and I hope your readers will enjoy learning more about my new book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.” I have to mention you were so thoughtful to let me have my coffee, Deb. I don’t think I could function too well without it!  Now we’ll get on with the questions."


Will you tell us about Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog?
Well, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog is an entertaining story. Charlene the Star is a beautiful red horse, who specializes in jumping. This time she sets a big goal for herself. She wants to win the High Score Award. That would mean she’d be the best jumper in the whole state of Kentucky! Early in the story we meet Bentley bulldog. He’s really an obnoxious little fellow at first. He insults adorable little Hattie the Chicken by telling her that “Nobody even talks about chickens unless they’re on the menu!”  Hattie is so cute. She loves to wear pretty bonnets. But Hattie gets very upset when she sees the headline in The Gazette. She plans something special to cheer up her friends. The story has lots of adventures and the animals are amusing.

Why do you write books with life lessons in them?
I love writing books that share life lessons because I think the lessons could help children to have happier lives with healthy self esteem. I don’t preach at the readers. The lessons are placed in the story so readers have something to ponder about. These days, I think parents are very busy and they may not have time to talk about good behavior with their children, so my books have valuable things to share.

What got you interested in writing for children?
I love children and I think it’s easy to relate to them. I studied with The Institute for Children’s Literature for a few years (2 courses). But I didn’t have the confidence to publish my first book until 2009, when I wrote my award-winning autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier. At the time, I took a course in medical coding, but couldn’t find a job, so I was discouraged. But I had a strong intuition to write the story of my childhood. My parents always encouraged me and I listened to my inner feelings and pursued publishing my book. My Dad told us that when we weren’t sure about something, we should consider the worst that could happen. In this case, it would have been that no one wanted to publish my book so I figured I could deal with that if necessary. But now the book has won awards so I’m glad we took the first step. This book will show you that anything is possible.

In the book, there are several life lessons. Can you tell us about them?
Well, this book deals with bullying because Bentley was a bully in the beginning so we offer ways to deal with that. But we also stress things like sharing and helping others. Readers will see that it’s possible for someone to change, once they realize they’re not on the right path. Readers will also notice that it’s important to set goals and do your best and develop their natural talents.

Why do you have animals teach the lessons? I’ve noticed there are very few humans in the story.

I know children love animals and I think it’s more fun for them to read about animals who are the main characters. Besides, we can imagine what the animals are thinking and it’s amusing to do that. I think the animals make the story unique.

Do you have any more books published?
Yes, actually Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog is my fifth book. The others are, Tails of Sweetbrier, which I mentioned, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.

What ages are your books aimed at?

That’s a difficult question because children can have various reading abilities at different ages. Some are more advanced than others. I would say generally that they would be appropriate for 6-13. Tails of Sweetbrier would probably be the most advanced of the books, so perhaps it would be most suited for 8 years and up.

Do you outline your books or are you a panster?
Definitely a panster, Deb. I just start writing and keep editing as I go along. I change many things along the way.

The illustrations are great. Who is your illustrator?

I agree, they are amazing!  My sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, illustrates our books and designs the covers. She’s an incredible talent. She really brings the characters to life an captures their personalities.

Do you have any other books in progress right now?
Yes, I do, I’m working on a story that’s partially based on fact, but it’s still in the beginning stages.

What are the links so that we can learn about your books?
Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Website
Blogs 

Will you tell us where we can buy your books?
My books are available on Amazon.com in both print and Kindle formats, Barnes and Noble.com, my
website, ColdCoffeePress, and Indie Diaries. People can also order signed copies from me by emailing:deanie@dhdunne.tk.

Thank you so much for speaking with me today, Deb. I truly enjoyed our time together. 


*Reblogged  from:
http://www.debhockenberry.com/the-bumpy-road-to-writing-for-children.html

Friday, February 20, 2015

An interview with Amazing author, Kathleen Andrews Davis








"Today I have the pleasure of chatting with amazing author, Kathleen Andrews Davis. Kathleen, I welcome you to talk about your books today. I've read and reviewed Smoke and Mirrors. It's a wonderful book, congratulations."
Thank you, Deanie, I'm excited to be here as well and I appreciate your compliment regarding my book."



Have you always been interested in writing?

Actually, I hated writing in school.  I was a math, science, and phys ed student.  Phys Ed of course being my favorite!  I didn’t start enjoying writing until I had to do it on my job where I had to do business communications, press releases, policy and procedures manuals, and marketing materials.  My favorite assignment was as the managing editor of an in-house newspaper.  I liked everything about that project.  

Do you have a favorite story that you’ve written?
I don’t do a lot of short story writing, so I would have to say a story I wrote for a contest (and took second place) about driving on the left side of the road when a friend and I traveled to  Ireland.  I called it Left is Right.

 Do your books usually have a central message to share with your readers?
I try very hard to have the subliminal message of strong moral background and good common sense.
 Are you working on any projects now?
Yes, I’m working on the third book in the Emerson’s Attic series; it will be called Quiet Heart.  When I can squeeze it in, I also work on my second adult manuscript which is entirely different than Emerson’s Attic.

What are your goals for this year?
a.  Publish Quiet Heart.
b.  Get marketing organized to a point where it will take less time in the future.
c.  Get an agent interested in my first adult manuscript.
Is there anyone in particular who encouraged you to write?
Yes, I have a wonderful friend, Carolyn Sparks, who is my mentor and muse.  She never stops encouraging me.  You, as a writer, know how important it is to have someone who keeps you on the straight and narrow, or in Carolyn’s case we like to say the yellow brick road.  Carolyn not only encourages me, she proofreads.  She also, unintentionally, gives me lots of ideas from her own experiences.  She has wonderful stories from which I sometimes take ideas, with her permission of course.
What age range are your books most appropriate for?
Emerson’s Attic is for middle-grade readers, ages 9-14.  However, I believe it really depends on the reader.  I’ve had some youngsters say they think the books are too hard and others tell me they’re too easy.  And, I’ve had adults tell me they enjoyed the books.  I will say that I do not “write down” to young readers.  Since Emerson, the main character, is a time traveler I use vocabulary, historical facts, and geography from every place she goes.  In The Blue Velvet, I used references to classic books such as Pride and Prejudice in the hope it would spark interest in readers to read those books.
Can you please include links where your books can be purchased?


Both books are available in paperback and e-book.
 Books can also be ordered by any Bookstore through their distributors Ingram or Baker and Taylor.
Would you say your writing is any particular style?
Hmmm, I would say my style is simple narrative.  I try to write clean without unnecessary adjectives and fast-paced to keep the reader interested.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I didn’t set out to write historical fiction but readers are now telling me that’s how they would describe Emerson’s Attic.  I research every time period where Emerson travels and try to be as accurate as possible with details.  Apparently, this research has paid off if readers feel they are learning something when they read Emerson’s Attic, and that puts a smile on my face.


Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I didn’t set out to write historical fiction but readers are now telling me that’s how they would describe Emerson’s Attic.  I research every time period where Emerson travels and try to be as accurate as possible with details.  Apparently, this research has paid off if readers feel they are learning something when they read Emerson’s Attic, and that puts a smile on my face.

"It was fun to spend time with you today, Kathleen. Best wishes in all of your endeavors."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This week we're celebrating....




On Fridays we celebrate things that happened during the week that we enjoyed. Thank you to Lexa Cain for continuing this blog. Be sure to stop by LexaCain.blogspot.com to see what everyone is happy about. Here's what we're celebrating this week..
  • Next Friday, I'll be part of Ann Hunter's Launch party talking about my new book, Charlene  the Star and Bentley Bulldog Find out more by following the link below:
  • https://www.facebook.com/events/739404369486153/

  • More good reviews for Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog! We're excited that people are enjoying reading about Bentley and his friends.
  • A lovely surprise visit with our sons for Valentine's Day! We always have such fun with them and they came bearing gifts. We are so blessed to have them.
  • Last week was a bit depressing because my husband's car broke and we didn't think it could be fixed, but he discovered that it might be able to be repaired. More updates next week. Some of you may know we name our cars and this one is Carl,named after the aircraft carrier our son was on. Carl has been great to us and we would miss him.
  • I reviewed Smoke and Mirrors (Emerson's Attic book 1) and loved it. You can see my review here:
  • http://www.amazon.com/Smoke-Mirrors-Emersons-Attic-Book-ebook/dp/B00KJ2VLW0/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424366238&sr=1-2&keywords=emerson%27s+attic+book+.
Happy weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com
Utube video of authorsshowinterview:


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jacob's book reviews!






Jacob is an adorable baby whose nanny, Mary, helps him write reviews for children's books. Jacob has his own Facebook page with hundreds of followers! Great job, Jacob! Now that Jacob is having so much fun reading books (and he's famous, too) I gave him a page on my blogs. Here's what Jacob had to say about my books:
http://www.amazon.com/Charlene-Bentley-Bulldog-Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne-ebook/dp/B00S7295MC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424273465&sr=1-1&keywords=charlene+the+star+and+bentley+bulldog

This is the 3rd book in the Charlene The Star series. It’s a cute story about a show horse and a bully bulldog named Bentley. This story explains why being nice and always trying your best will get you far in life. Jacob loved the funny picture of Bentley the bulldog with Hattie the chicken on his head. Jacob gives this book two baby thumbs up.
on February 7, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Tails of Sweetbrier. By Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. Available athttp://www.avidreaderspg.com. This is a true story of a young girl who dreams of becoming a champion horseback rider but has to first overcome a few challenges in life. This inspirational story shows that nothing is impossible…jacob gave this book 2 thumbs up!



Baby Jacob's book reviews!





Jacob is an adorable baby whose nanny, Mary, helps him write reviews for children's books. Jacob has his own Facebook page with hundreds of followers! Great job, Jacob! Now that Jacob is having so much fun reading books (and he's famous, too) I gave him a page on my blogs. Here's what Jacob had to say about my books:
http://www.amazon.com/Charlene-Bentley-Bulldog-Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne-ebook/dp/B00S7295MC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424273465&sr=1-1&keywords=charlene+the+star+and+bentley+bulldog

This is the 3rd book in the Charlene The Star series. It’s a cute story about a show horse and a bully bulldog named Bentley. This story explains why being nice and always trying your best will get you far in life. Jacob loved the funny picture of Bentley the bulldog with Hattie the chicken on his head. Jacob gives this book two baby thumbs up.
on February 7, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Tails of Sweetbrier. By Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. Available athttp://www.avidreaderspg.com. This is a true story of a young girl who dreams of becoming a champion horseback rider but has to first overcome a few challenges in life. This inspirational story shows that nothing is impossible…jacob gave this book 2 thumbs up

Jacob with Charlie Jacob just finished reading “Charlie The Horse” By: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. This book is available onAmazon.com. This story is about a young racing horse named Charlie. He learns that you have to always try your best if you want to win. Jacob cant wait until he gets to see a real horse one day. He gives this book two baby thumbs up.
This book is now on Kindle in a revised version

If you'd like to read more about the other books Jacob loves, you can visit his Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacobs-Book-Corner/387974418044439

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This week we're celebrating...

Every Friday we share things we're celebrating, thanks to Lexa Cain, who continued this blog from VikLit. Be sure to stop by LexaCain.blogspot.com to check out what everyone's happy about this week. Here's what we're celebrating..

  • My sister and brother in law received some good news.
  • I joined a new website to promote my books. You can place your books there very reasonably. If anyone is interested, you may check out: IndieDiaries.com.
  • I keep thinking that Spring is coming, but we don't have the evidence yet. Really wishing for warmer weather.
  • Valentine's Day is coming. It always reminds me of how blessed I am to  have an amazing family. Wishing all of you an amazing Valentine's Day. May you spend it with those you love.
  • The episode where my friend, Claire Power Murphy, discusses education,character, and my books is now listed in the archives in case you'd like to check it out:
  • Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com
  • Utube video of authorsshow interview:
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjoluP0q3ZU
  • copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

An Interview with Hattie the Chicken!




“Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Hattie the Chicken, one of the stars of Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. Hattie, I’m so excited that you’re my guest today.”
“Why, thank you, Deanie. I’m thrilled to be here. You can tell because I can’t sit still. I’m hopping around, flapping my wings.”
“Hattie, you’re making me laugh.” We need to get down to the questions now.”
  • Hattie, how did you get your name?

“Oh, I’m so happy you started with an easy question so I wouldn’t be nervous.
My Mama said when I was born there was a piece of shell stuck on my head. it looked like a hat so she thought I’d like wearing hats. She decided Hattie was the perfect name for me.
  • How many books have you starred in?
My first book was Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes. Oh,that story was fun.
My friends loved my talents. Wooliam, the sheep, Elliott the dog, and all of our other friends helped show me that I was a really good organizer. I have such good beakmanship (I write with my beak, you know) that I wrote a cute ad for theGazette when we  started our own business. We had a great time and we helped so many horses overcome their problems. Tiger Lily was afraid of EVERYTHING when she started her training. But she was so talented. We had to build her confidence. Elliott helped a lot with that. Oh my, I’m talking so much I have to take a rest. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the gorgeous red horse, Charlene the Star. She’s such a 
talented jumper.
What do you like to do?
Oh, that’s a good question! After I finish hopping around I’ll be able to answer. Ah, that’s better. Now I can tell you that I LOVE  to wear pretty bonnets. I make them myself. Now I have so many colors! I even have a blue one with bright yellow polka dots! Other than wearing my beautiful hats, I like to plan events, like fairs. it’s so 
much fun.
You mentioned Wooliam. Tell us about him.
Wooliam is a super-friendly Suffolk sheep. He told us that all of his relatives have black faces and black legs, just like him. Wooliam did something special for Charlene the Star. But I can’t tell you everything about the story.
Tell us about your new book, Charlene the  Star and Bentley Bulldog.
Well, you probably guessed that Bentley is one of the stars. He was absolutely obnoxious when we first met. My goodness, my soft red feathers are getting ruffled just thinking of him. But eventually he does quite a few good things. You’d be surprised. Here’s a picture of him escorting me across the street. He was wearing his crossing guard jacket to keep me safe. We made a plan because my friends were feeling very sad and we had to do something to cheer them up. Our plan worked out perfectly. Charlene also had some new experiences. It was so exciting.
What do you think children will remember about your books?
They’ll remember how much fun it is to read them. They’ll learn about sharing, helping others, teamwork, setting goals and working hard, just to mention a few things. They’ll love the covers and beautiful illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj! They’re remarkable.
Well, Hattie, it’s nearly time for your lunch, so I think we’ll have time for one more question. Where can people buy your books.
Our books are on http://www.Amazon.com and http://www.barnes and Noble.com. If people want signed copies, they could email you at: deanie@dhdunne.tk. And everyone would like to know that our books are on Kindle, too. If anyone wants to find out more, they should visit your website:
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copyright 2015 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne