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Virginia Wright’s interview with Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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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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Meet Author, Janice Spina (@janice_spina)

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Hello, bloggers!

I have another wonderful guest for you today… Author, Janice Spina! I am so excited to be hosting this fabulous lady and sharing her story with you! I have no doubt you’ll love what she has to say. So, as always, enjoy…


I am honored, Marlena, to be here today to do a guest post on your blog. Thank you for having me.

Let me introduce myself. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, author, reader, book reviewer, copy editor, and blogger. I write under Janice Spina for children and YA and under J.E. Spina for novels for 18+.

As long as I can remember I loved to write. I began this love at the age of nine in the form of poetry and greeting cards. My mother enjoyed receiving my homemade cards for her birthday and Mother’s Day. Her encouragement was all I…

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Celebrate the Small things



Hi everyone,

How was your week? I hope you’re celebrating lots of good stuff. Be sure to stop by to see what Lexa and her blogging partners have to say. I hope Lexa is feeling better.

Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • Helping my sister-in-law with a little project/
  • A visit from our neighbor and his little dog-Our neighbor found out we lost our very special dog recently so he brought his little dog to visit. She’s adorable and she wanted to stay. We miss Elliott a lot,but we keep picturing him having fun in Heaven the way he couldn’t here.
  • I started reviewing a book. Just haven’t been too cheerful without Elliott, but still working on that.
  • A Skype chat with my sister, who recently moved away.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.


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Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Helen Jones, Janice Spina and Judith Barrow

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

We have a wonderful bumper crop of great reviews for you today.. starting with the review for A Thousand Rooms by Helen Jones

About the book

Katie is thirty-two, single, and used to work in advertising. She’s also dead. A lost soul hitching rides with the dying, trying to find her way to… wherever she’s supposed to be.

And whoever she’s supposed to be with.

Heaven, it seems, has a thousand rooms. What will it take to find hers?

The latest review for the book

Keep a box of tissues at your elbow for this one! A Thousand Rooms had me red-eyed and snuffling. This is a character-driven book with a simple plot: Katie, newly dead and unfortunately overlooked in her transition from life, goes on a quest to find “her heaven” and travels through a series of manifestations…

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Who needs an editor and when?


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If you’re a children’s author, or an author of any genre, you might wonder whether you need an editor and when you should  hire one. There are some steps you might consider doing first. Here’s what works well for me, as a children’s author of five books:

  • Have you revised your work enough? For example, have you looked for common overused words that are often not necessary like, “that” “I guess” “maybe” “I think” “sort of”, etc?
  • Have you developed your characters well? Do they have different personalities?
  • Have you described the scenes so readers feel connected to the characters and events?
  • Do you have a good opening to “hook” the readers and make them want to see what happens next?
  • Do you have a conflict, or problem, for the main character to solve? Conflict is important to the success of your story.
  • If you’ve done all of these things, do you have beta readers who can give you their opinions about your work? It’s great to have more eyes on it because it’ll give you a fresh perspective. They’ll likely see things you missed, or give you new ideas.
  • Assuming you’ve done these things, you’re probably ready to send it to an editor. A good editor will check for unrelated scenes, overused or unnecessary words, poor grammar, etc. to be sure your work is as polished and professional as possible.
Thank for stopping by. I hope these suggestions help you create the perfect story.
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne