Interview with Author Deanie H. Dunne

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It is the greatest pleasure to have here today my dear friend, Deanie H. Dunne, who is a very talented author of children’s books.  Deanie has stopped by before and visited with me and my readers. 

1.     Tell us what new book or projects you have.

First of all, thank you so much for inviting me back to chat with you. I love spending time with you. At the present time, my sister/illustrator, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, is working on illustrations for our new book. She just finished the cover for Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. It’s the third in our series of Charlene the Star books and this time lots of exciting things happen to Charlene and her friends. We are also planning to have the second edition of Charlie the Horse published in paperback very soon.  

2.     You were recently interviewed on two radio shows.  Please tell us about them and how we can listen in.

The first interview was with Ambassador Claire Power Murphy. She is a multi-award-winning author, who has a show called “Improve Every Year” on She interviewed me about a while ago, after my newest book; Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes was released. We talked about my children’s books and how they can be used to foster good values in children. We talked about the animal characters and the way they worked very hard to make their feelings known.  We also discussed how parents can encourage good character in their children. Claire decided to feature our interview on her foundation’s Facebook page, so you can listen here:

I would like to mention that the website address Claire mentioned is not operating now.

In the most recent interview on, the host, Don McCauley, and I talk about my first book, Tails of Sweetbrier. We talk about what my dad did that changed my life and other things that happened in the book. You’ll learn about my first pony, Little Man, and what he did when he got bored, for example. One of the questions Don asked during the interview was “What was the central theme in your book?”  My response was that anything is possible if you persevere.

3.     You have a beautiful new website and blog. Please tell us a little about them.

My new website is:   When you visit the site, you’ll find excerpts from reviews of my books. You may even download a free chapter of Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes. You will find general information on each of my books: Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes. All of the blogs I post there highlight amazing young people and their accomplishments. I connect each blog with writing hints for other authors as well. For example, I may talk about a child who has beaten the odds and link that with never giving up on your dream of becoming an author, when difficult times. I love writing about young people who lift your spirits.

4.     What inspires you to write?

I love to write stories with important messages for children because I don’t think they get enough encouragement today. They need to learn that all things are possible if you refuse to give up on your dreams. I think other values like sharing and setting goals are important lessons as well. I try to present each story in an entertaining way, so the readers will enjoy it while they learn important things.

5.     What do you want to accomplish with your writing?

I would like to be a good role model for children, as proof that many things can be accomplished, even if the path to success is not easy. I hope that children remember the lessons in my books and use them so that their lives are happier and more fulfilled. If I have enriched children’s lives, just a bit, then I have accomplished my goal. Of course, I hope to write many more stories to keep them enthralled.

6.     Do you have anything you would like to share with us?

I’d like to say I feel incredibly blessed to be able to write stories

that children enjoy and to have met talented authors, such as you.  I

love trying to encourage other writers, in whatever small way that I


7.     What do you like to do in your spare time when you have some?

I really enjoy watching figure skating, skiing, horse shows (no surprise there, I’m sure). I’m also a baseball fan, particularly regarding the Yankees. I was a voice student so I love listening to music and spending time with my amazing family.

8.     Do you have any suggestions for other writers just starting out?

I think it’s helpful to read whatever you can about the elements you need to create a good children’s book. I studied at The Institute of Children’s Literature, and I found that experience extremely helpful.

But if you can’t take a writing course, you might be able to attend a writer’s conference, or even read blogs about it. Most importantly, if writing is your passion, don’t quit when you feel discouraged. Write, write and write some more. It’s like other things. The more you do, the better you become.  Also, I think it’s beneficial to surround yourselves with people who have a positive attitude about things. You need encouraging people in your corner. Above all, never give up on your dreams!

9.     Please give us links to your books and where to purchase them.

All four of my books are on Kindle and can be purchased on  Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes:

Charlene the Star:

 Charlie the Horse:

Tails of Sweetbrier

From my website:

Or by emailing me at:

Thank you so much Deanie for stopping by.  It is always a delight to spend time with you.  Each time we meet you teach something new about how to be a better person.  You are truly an inspirational and an outstanding person.

You’re most welcome, Janice. It’s been my extreme pleasure to spend time with you again.

Thank you readers for tuning in for another segment of Interview and Author.    I appreciate your support and hope you will come back and visit again.

I hope you enjoyed learning more about the talented and inspiring author, Deanie H. Dunne.  Please stop by her links and see how truly inspiring she is.

Thought for the day:  Surround yourself with inspiring people and you will surely be inspired to do something great in your life.


About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 32 books: 16 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 25 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 2 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon 9 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-4 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on a novel and Book 4 of Drystan the Dragon series for young children. An historical novel and a YA fantasy series will be coming in 2021 and beyond along with more children's books and novels for 18+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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10 Responses to Interview with Author Deanie H. Dunne

  1. deanie2013 says:

    Thank you so much, Janice. I’d love to be as accomplished an author as you are!

  2. deanie2013 says:

    Reblogged this on deanieblog and commented:
    Thank you, Janice!

  3. Paul G Day says:

    Another great review. Thank you Janice for doing this interview and thanks to Deanie for your thoughts.

  4. mazorbooks says:

    Reblogged this on MazorBooks and commented:
    Fabulous children’s Author, Janice Spina’s interview with Deanie Humphrys Dunne, the inspiring author of her autobiographical “Tails of Sweetbrier”.

  5. mazorbooks says:

    Reblogged — Great interview. Fabulous Interviewer. Incredible interviewee. What else can one want? Lovely read. Thanks.

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you Sarah for your kindness and friendship. You always lift my spirits and make me feel so good about being your friend. You and Deanie are special people to me that I cherish.

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