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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview with Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a Mom's Choice  award-winning children’s book author with five books published at this time; A children's memoir, My Life at Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse,  Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.

All of her books are captivating stories that teach children life lessons Her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrates her books. All books are available on Kindle.

Deanie's single passion was to become a champion equestrian. What if your parents were told you would never walk? What would happen next? Even if she prevails, Deanie will need exactly the right horse to help her succeed. Will she find it? This story shares many life lessons, sure to help your child succeed.

Deanie graduated from the Institute of Children’s Literature. She's been featured on several author websites, including and Deanie appeared on the  television show.

Deanie's book, My Life at Sweetbrier, won a number of awards and recognitions such as; the solo (gold) medal in the New Apple Book Awards, the silver medal in the Reader's Favorite contest, a Finalist in The Best Book Awards, and the gold medal in the Mom's Choice Awards.

Deanie enjoys spending time with her family , watching baseball, equestrian events, and figure skating events. She also loves singing and music.




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.

Please add questions and the answers to any questions that you believe your readers would like to know.

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.

Titles by Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Charlie The Horse
Charlene The Star
Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog
Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes
Tails Of Sweetbrier-no longer in print

My Life at Sweetbrier-Mom's Choice Award winner


Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog
by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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.


Cold Coffee Book Review For Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog
by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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:

Special Blog Talk Interview With Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Amazon Customer Reviews
Amazon Print Purchase Link

Kindle Purchase Link
Barnes and Noble Purchase Link


Tails Of Sweetbrier
by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne-no longer in print

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)
The Encouraging Thunder Award
The One Lovely Blog Award
The Shauny Award
The Versatile Blogger Award


Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Tails Of Sweetbrier
by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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. Free

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Amazon Customer Reviews
Amazon Purchase Link
Kindle Purchase Link
Barnes and Noble Purchase Link


Charlie The Horse
by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Charlie dreamed of becoming a famous racehorse like his dad, Charles the Great.

Will he have the talent to succeed when he leaves for training at Sweetbrier Racing Stable?

What will he do if he's tired and doesn't feel like running?

What will Charlie decide to do when he faces challenges on the race track?

You'll find the answers to these questions and Charlie will entertain you with his amusing thoughts.

You'll be inspired and entertained by his adventures.

The delightful hand drawn illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj bring the story and characters to life.

Amazon Customer Reviews
Amazon Purchase Link


Charlene The Star And Hattie's Heroes
by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Charlene the Star is becoming known as a fine jumper, after winning the Green Jumper Championship at the Sterling Horse Show.

She loves jumping, but she wants to do something new and exciting in her spare time.

What is her new career?

What happens when she meets her new friends Hattie and Wooliam?

Charlene solves problems for her new friends, while relying on some old friends to help her succeed in her new adventure. Charlene and her team will delight you with their amusing adventures.

The delightful hand drawn illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj bring the story and characters to life.

Amazon Customer Reviews
Amazon Purchase Link
Kindle Purchase Link
Barnes and Noble Purchase Link

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Charlene the Star now on audio!

Would you like to listen to a free chapter of Charlene the Star? Now it's on audio! Check out the free chapter here:

you can also choose to buy the whole story for just $3.46.

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Something About Me and My Book:
My Life at Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star and Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog are Deanie's children's books. My Life at Sweetbrier is a Mom's Choice gold medal winner. it has also won The Reader's Favorite silver medal, Best Book awards finalist. This book is a true story about the power of perseverance, and family support.All of Deanie's books share positive messages and encourage children to reach for their dreams.Charlie the Horse is a fictional tale of a race horse who wants to win the Kentucky Derby. Charlie's adventures entertain readers while they learn important lessons Charlene the Star is told from Charlene's point of view. Readers see her thoughts and amusing actions as she tries to discover her talent. It's highly recommended for teachers, children, and parents.
Deanie is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature. She and her illustrator/sister Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, were featured in a locally televised interview, conducted by one of the middle school Journalism club members.
All of Deanie's books are now available on Kindle.
Deanie has also been featured on several author websites and interview on a CT TV station. Each of her books have won awards and recognition.

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