Interview with Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s book author with six books published at this time: My Life at Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog and A Tractor Named Wilbur. 

All of her books offer powerful life lessons for children, such as; setting goals, perseverance, sharing and friendship. Her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrates all of Deanie’s fictional books and designs the covers.  The fictional stories are told by the memorable animal characters, who keep readers entertained with their endearing personalities. The animals find creative ways to help their friends.  All books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You may also order signed copies from Deanie through her website.

Deanie’s books have won several awards and recognition including; The gold medal in the New Apple Book Awards, and the gold medal in the Mom’s Choice award, the Reader’s Favorite silver medal, Titan Review Silver Medal and cover awards. Other awards are listed on Deanie’s website.

Ramona: Tell me more about your latest book

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: My new picture book is called A Tractor Named Wilbur. It’s about a shy little red tractor who loves his friend Jim with all of his heart. Wilbur enjoys doing chores for Jim like mowing the grass, plowing snow, pulling a cart to help Jim clean up the yard. But Wilbur is very sad when he learns Jim wants to buy a big farm across the street and needs a newer machine. Will Jim still be his friend? Children will see that changes can be okay and friendships can last forever.

Ramona: What was the most challenging aspect of writing?

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: In my opinion, marketing is the biggest challenge of being an author. You need to experiment with what works for you and what doesn’t.  You may also need to explore new horizons for your books.

Ramona: What motivated you to become an author?

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: Although I’ve always been interested in writing and my parents constantly encouraged me, I never had the confidence to try it until 2009. What happened then? I had an unrelenting intuition to try writing a children’s book. My first book was Tails of Sweetbrier, a memoir. I expanded the story and revised it so now it’s called My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses.

I love writing stories to inspire children to do their best, set goals, help others and persevere because they may accomplish much more than they imagined. I’d like young readers to realize that there are many things you can change. When something is difficult, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to reach your objective.

Ramona: Normally, where is your favourite place to write?

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: All of my writing is done at my computer.

Ramona: How many books have you written so far? List and name them all here

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: I’ve written a total of 7:

Tails of Sweetbrier (no longer in print)

My Life at Sweetbrier- A Life Changed by Horses

Charlie the Horse

Charlene the Star

Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes

Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog

A Tractor Named Wilbur-Friendships Last Forever

Ramona: How do you organise yourself, as an author, to keep track you’re writing about?

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: Each time I write anything, I save it on my computer so I know instantly what I wrote before. Often, if I look at something the next day, I find things to edit.

Ramona: What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: I encourage anyone whose passion is writing to persevere. Remember, no matter what you do, not everyone will compliment your work. Always keep an open mind so you are expanding your knowledge about your craft. And never give up on your dreams. Many famous authors, like Dr. Suess, have hundreds of rejections before they succeeded.

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  2. Thank you for featuring me on your blog today, Ramona. I enjoyed answering the interview questions.

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