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Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a children’s book author with six books published at this time: Award-winning autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog and her new release, My Life at Sweetbreir, an expanded version of Tails of Sweetbrier.
All of her captivating books teach children valuable life lessons . Her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrates her fictonal books. All books are available on Kindle.
My Life at Sweetbrier is an inspirational award-winning autobiography about a little girl whose one desire was to become a champion equestrian. Can a handicapped girl and a failed racehorse become a winning team? Even if Deanie prevails, she will need exactly the right horse. Will she find it?
Deanie's other books Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog are humorous stories told by the farm animals.
Deanie is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has been featured on several author websites. She has been interviewed several times by renowned, award winning author, Claire Power Murphy.
Deanie's books won numerous awards and recognition including; the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards, (20140 Finalist in the CLIPPA (2014) Honorable mention in the Purple Dragonfly Awards, and the silver medal in the Reader's Favorite Book Awards (2016) and 2017) , The New Apple solo medal in 2017.She also won the "50 Greatest Books You Should Be Reading" author award from Theauthorsshow.com. Her book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, won the bronze medal in the AuthorsDB.com cover contest as well.
She has received the following blogging award nominations: Liebster Award (2), Shine On Award, Sunshine Award, Dragons Loyalty Award, Very Inspiring Blogging Award, the Super Sweet Award and the The Shauny Award and the One Lovely Blog Award. She’s most grateful to everyone who nominated her.
She enjoys watching equestrian events, and figure skating competitions, music and singing, spending with her family. She is also an avid Yankee fan.
What makes you proud to be a writer from CT? I’m honored to be a children’s author from CT. I love to write entertaining stories with important life lessons for children. My goal is to be a role model for my readers.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? My parents encouraged me to write stories since I was a little girl. They were the first to teach me the importance of a good work ethic.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? My first story, Tails of Sweetbrier was published in 2009. It is now an award-winning autobiography.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes, I learned at a young age that all things are possible if you persevere.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Usually afterward, but now and then, the idea for the title comes before I start the story.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I prefer writing for children. I feel my writing style fits them. I like to introduce humor in my stories. Sometimes the stories are told from the animals’ point of view. Also, my books highlight good character, which is important, especially for younger readers.
How many published books do you have? I have 5 books published; Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? So far, probably the most rewarding thing was winning the Feathered Quill Book Award for my book, Tails of Sweetbrier and having it nominated as a finalist for the CLiPPA award. I’m so honored that it was chosen.
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? Fortunately, I’ve had very few negative experiences in my writing career.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? I think each of us should pursue our dreams, even when you feel they will never be realized. My personal experiences are proof that anything can happen if you refuse to give up on your dreams.
Who is your favorite author and why? It’s so difficult to choose a favorite author because there are many gifted, accomplished authors who deserve recognition. I would say two people who are friends of mine, Janice Spina and Sarah Mazor, are my favorites. Their stories are always entertaining with important lessons to share. I admire their talent a great deal.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? As I mentioned, my goal is to be a good role model for children. I hope that my books highlight important life lessons that readers will find valuable throughout their lives.
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What was your show horse’s nickname and how did she get it? My show horse’s nickname was Peach. My sister Holly stood behind her one day and noticed that my horse had big round muscles that reminded her of a peach. The name stuck and we thought it was perfect for her.
What did you want more than anything when you were little? I wanted to be a champion horseback rider. My dad helped that dream come true, even though many people thought we wouldn’t succeed.
What made Peach special? Peach was pretty, but that wasn’t the most special thing about her. She loved jumping and she had a beautiful style of jumping. She never got tired of doing it and she knew when she did well.
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.
Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog is Deanie's fifth book. It's the third in her series of Charlene the Star books. Her other books include her award winning autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier, as well as, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes. All of Deanie's books encourage children to persevere and strive to do their best.
Deanie is a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature. She enjoys music, singing, spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. Deanie is also an avid fan of baseball and equestrian events.
Holly's passion for Art began at an early age under the guidance of renowned artist, Ray Quigley. She earned a Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. She devotes her talents to equestrian and family portraits, as well as children's book illustrations. Holly has beautifully illustrated all of Deanie's books.
Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog - by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is the newest release in her children’s adventure books.
Among some of the characters in this enchanting adventure include Charlene The Star (a horse) from Jumping For Joy Farms who is a competitive jumper, Mary Harris who is Charlene’s owner and rider, Hattie the chicken who loves to wear bonnets, and Bentley the bull dog who learns a valuable lesson about bullying.
Charming animals with unique personalities teach children life lessons on having proper manners, the value of friendships, sportsmanship, accepting and owning our mistakes, apologizing and making amends when we have hurt someone, and even when winning there is always room for improvement.
Parents and teachers should know that at the end of the book there are 8 questions and answers that challenge the child to remember what they have read (enhancing reading comprehension) and congratulates them for what they do remember.
Delightful hand drawn illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj bring the story and characters to life.
Other adventures that are available include Charlene The Star, Charlie The Horse, Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Tails Of Sweetbrier.
Cold Coffee Press Endorses Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog along with author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne other books as educational tools with pure reading enjoyment for young impressionable minds. We obtained a PDF copy of this book from the author. The review was completed on December 26, 2014. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press: http://www.coldcoffeepress.com
This is a true story about a little girl who dreams of becoming a champion horseback rider. Deanie was born with a handicap, which made walking difficult. When doctors say she would never be able to walk, what does her dad do? He decides to teach her to ride horses.
Will she give up when things don't go well?
What happens when she falls off her horse?
Even if she prevails, she will need exactly the right horse so they can become a winning team. This inspirational story will show you that nothing is impossible if you don't quit.
The delightful hand drawn illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj bring the story and characters to life.
Finalist in the CLIPPA 2014
Feathered Quill Book Award 2014 (silver medal)
Most inspirational book, chosen by the Pawling Book Cover 2009 (first edition)
Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2015 (Honorable Mention)
A winner in the "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" Contest 2015
The Encouraging Thunder Award
The One Lovely Blog Award
The Shauny Award
The Versatile Blogger Award
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne started her life journey in Easton, CT. Tails Of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is not just another horse tale. Sweetbrier is real a horseback riding school owned by Deanie’s dad in a time where the magic of family, friends and the love of horses inspired a young girl with Cerebral Palsy to pursue the dream to jump horses.
Deanie’s father never settled for the limitations that the doctors warned him of when his 3 year old daughter wasn’t walking, instead he put his fragile young daughter on her own first freckled gray pony named Little Man and gave her the gift of freedom of movement.
With this freedom of movement and the faith her father instilled, Deanie learned that with disability comes ability and her tenacity would one day make her a champion jumper. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne was a champion before she met her horse Peach, but together they became a winning team.
I always quote a passage from each book that I review. I choose this one from page 52-53 because Deanie is talking in her own gentle way, telling her young readers about her horse Peach.
“Do you know what she liked to do for fun?
Well, sometimes she grazed in the pastures, or she would go out in the riding ring to run, or to roll around in the sand. Horses really like rolling in the dirt. They especially like doing it after you worked hard to groom them!
Guess what else Peach really enjoyed?
She liked visiting her favorite friends. Holly’s pony Dark N Fancy was her “boyfriend.” She must have liked the short, dark and handsome type. He was black, too, but he had white on his legs and an uneven white blaze on his head. She might have been impressed with his talent too, because he was an excellent jumper with courage and style. Holly would take him in the same shows as Peach and I entered, but they went in different events. They a cute “couple.”
Sometimes Peach would be out in the riding ring just relaxing, or maybe getting nice and dirty rolling in the sand. What happened if she saw Dark N Fancy grazing in the pasture?
She jumped the fence so they could play together!”
Tails Of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is not only an amazing story, but it serves as a testimony to other children and parents of children with disabilities that life is worth living. Deanie’s father gave her the gift of freedom of movement and now Deanie tells the world as an author of 5 award winning books. Deanie brings her love of horses to life in stories and the lessons of this father and daughter that should not be forgotten over time.
Facts from the CDC:
“Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood”
“Population-based studies from around the world report prevalence estimates of CP ranging from 1.5 to more than 4 per 1,000 live births or children of a defined age range. (2, 3, 4, 5, 6).”
“About 1 in 323 children has been identified with CP according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.”
Data & Statistics for Cerebral Palsy from the CDC
For more information about Kids and Cerebral Palsy visit
Facts about Cerebral Palsy from the CDC
Deanie dedicates this book to her family who always encouraged her and to her dad, who made the decision that changed her life forever. She thanks her sister, Holly, whose beautiful illustrations bring the story to life in this book and in her other books Charlie The Horse, Charlene The Star, Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog and Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes.
Cold Coffee Press Endorses Tails Of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne for her unwavering courage as a child, compassion for horses and gentle story telling that helps kids and adults alike see possibilities in the face of disability. We reviewed this book from a Kindle/PDF format and the review was completed on September 12, 2015. For more information contact Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com