Part 2 of enlightening interview with Author/publisher, Sarah Mazor

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What are your goals for yourself and your company?

 The original plan called for Mazor Books to publish one book per month, but we are well ahead of that forecast. Our most important goal is to produce worthy children’s books that will enrich children’s vocabulary, contribute to their intellectual growth, and promote their emotional and physical health

I hope our books will not only instill good values in children, but provide mothers and fathers the encouragement to parent.

What is the most exciting thing that has happened so far, regarding your books, or your publishing company?

My children, 16 year old Ari and 15 year old Michali, published their first children’s books. Ari wrote Clothes have Feelings Too And Michali’s book is titled What I Want to Be When I Grow Up By far their delight and pride in their accomplishment has been most gratifying.

Are you working on any new books now?

Currently I am editing two delightful books by Mark Eichler, one of our authors. We are also working on an ABC book that focuses on modes of transportation. I am also involved in editing several books in our “Taste of Hebrew” series, and others as well.

For a full list of our books please visit: http://www.MazorBooks.com.

How do you get ideas for your stories?

Having a clear agenda, the promotion of good values, provides a framework for our books. Story ideas also stem from my childhood experiences and from my children’s early years.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Illiteracy breeds poverty and desperation. Research shows that 67% of kids who cannot read proficiently by the end of fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare. This impacts the entire nation and we must do something about it!

On the other hand, numerous studies show that children who engage in reading activities early do statistically better in all levels of education and are more likely to succeed in life.

I urge parents, grandparents and guardians to encourage reading, or better yet, read to and with their kids.

 “We’ve had a delightful visit today, Sarah. It was such fun finding out more about you and your plans. I’m sure my readers will enjoy discovering what a remarkable lady you are! I wish you many blessings and continued success.”

Enlightening interview with author/publisher, Sarah Mazor Part 1

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“This morning I have the extreme honor and pleasure of chatting with author/publisher Sarah Mazor. Sarah, I admire you tremendously and I applaud what you are doing for children. Thank you so much for spending time with me today.”

“You’re most welcome, Deanie. It’s my pleasure to be here with you today.”

What prompted you to become an author?

My love for reading and writing most probably stems from my love for language and words. I have long been fascinated by those able to express ideas and thoughts,  in a clear and stylish manner and by those who construct sentences that leave the reader longing for more. It has also been my dream to be counted among the weaver of tales, but life and responsibilities took priority. The reality of raising children and providing for them became the focus of my days. (and blessed I am)

Did anything in particular encourage you to start a publishing company?

The idea of creating a small publishing company that would give voice to independent authors writing for children came up and I latched on to it with joy! The primary objective of Mazor books is to champion authors who are committed to writing children’s books that promote good values and enhance children’s intellectual growth, emotional health, and physical well-being. A secondary benefit is the opportunity to write. I have discovered that writing for children is quite a challenge that requires respect for their intelligence and understanding of a world that is charming and magical

 What are the titles of the books you’ve written?

To date I have published two books that aim to enhance self-confidence and self-esteem in kids.  Positive Affirmations for Little Boys and Positive Affirmations for Little Girls consist of 26 positive affirmations based on the 26 letters of the alphabet.  In addition I have co-authored with Yael Rosenberg The Hebrew Alphabet Book of Rhymes for English Speaking Kids, in which the 22 Hebrew letters open the world of this beautiful and ancient yet contemporary language to children or all ages.  The Hebrew Alphabet Book of Rhymes also fosters a connection to the Bible and the Land of Israel. 

Your books promote healthy habits and good values for children. Why did you decide to write for children?

It seems these days that the world we live in has lost its compass.  Progressive ideas require that parents relinquish or abdicate their role as guardians and educators. Sadly, I have known too many honest and good people who lost their children to drugs and too many parents who no longer communicate with their children because of the dangerous life styles the  children have chosen. These parents subscribed to the ‘new age’ gurus of parenting who assured them that by ‘trusting’ their kids and acting as their ‘friends’ rather than their parents they will raise a reformed open-minded and enlightened next generation. Those parents followed the edicts that espouse giving kids the ‘freedom’ to ‘follow their heart’ and to ‘choose their way’ without parental supervision or guidance. Many modern sentiments are laudable, BUT ONLY when anchored in a foundation of good values.  It is important to have an open mind, an attitude of acceptance, a flexibility and ability to see things from a child’s perspective. But a parent’s job description is not limited to cheering their kids on and supporting their wishes and dreams. Parents are obligated to PARENT.  Hands on parenting may be considered old fashioned but it is smart choice! Certainly parents ought to incorporate modern thinking and recognize the differences between today’s children — the children of the age of technology and the children of past generations. Today, as in the past, parents must communicate to children the difference between good and bad. Parents must teach their children behave i properly and appropriately.Parents must instill in their children responsibility; and parents absolutely must impress upon their children the importance of accountability.  The most difficult parental duties include setting boundaries, saying NO when appropriate, and standing fast even when cajoled, begged, or even threatened with the withdrawal of love.

Oh Deanie, you got me going, I am afraid. But this subject is dear to my heart. This is exactly why I have decided to focus on children’s books that champion good values. I hope our books are not only going to instill good values in children and contribute to their development, but provide mothers and fathers with the encouragement to parent.

True parental love is not necessarily congruent with being ‘cool’ or ‘progressive’ but rather it manifests itself as a consistent focus on what is best for one’s kids.

 What is the most important advice that you would like to share with authors, or people who are considering a writing career?Write what you believe and believe in your writing. And keep reading and learning. There is always room to develop, to grow and to improve.

On the financial front: Authors embarking on a writing career must also be aware of reality. As in any profession, there are the very talented and then there are those who are not as gifted. Making a living from writing books is possible but not easy. Only a select few realize overnight success. For most authors its hard word, tenacity, persistence and determination!

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Tails of Sweetbrier

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Tails of Sweetbrier is a true story of a little girl who wants nothing more passionately than to become a champion horseback rider, in spite of her handicap. What does her dad do that changes her life? What happens when she falls off her horse? This story will show you that anything is possible if you persevere. Children and adults will love this inspiring story!

Excerpts of Reviews of Tails of Sweetbrier:

I highly recommend this book to children, parents, and teachers. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne wrote a truly spectacular story of strength, passion, and courage. The characters come to life, as well as the unique illustrations. The author points out the value of family and friendship, while motivating others to reach for their dream, despite obstacles that may have to be battled with along the way. Firthermore, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne encourages discipline, high self-esteem, and a positive attitude throughout this compelling story. The author motivates children to overcome their fears, achieve their goals, and follow their dreams. “TAILS OF SWEETBRIER” tugs at the heart, is as captivating as RADIO, and as inspiring as FORREST GUMP, with Tom Hanks. From, 5- star review by author/reviewer Geri Ahearn

The story is beautifully told, as the author candidly shares her thoughts and feelings throughout the ups and downs of her journey. Ms. Humphry-Dunne’s message is a powerful one: “Overcoming obstacles can give you the confidence to accomplish amazing things.”
The book is written for readers ages 8 and older. It would appeal to anyone, but horse lovers especially, would enjoy the story. I highly recommend this inspirational book. From 5- star review by author Sherry Ellis

If you are looking for an inspirational and unforgettable read this is the book for you. This book will bring you to tears as you read about this inspiring little girl who learns never to say no to her dreams. She was born with a handicap and her parents were told that she would never walk. With a surprisingly strong will and determination to do what her sisters could do, ride horses and win championships, Deanie learned to ride. She found it very difficult and had to adjust many times to falling off her horse and getting up again and again. She never gave up and finally she did succeed and became a championship jumper. From 5-star review by author, Janice Spina

The power of a young girl’s passion, perseverance and determination and the effect of a family’s support, love and commitment, are celebrated in this remarkable true story of an extraordinary individual. Deanie, pursued her dream with tenacity and persistence, and against many odds achieved success in the very demanding world of competitive horse shows. This wonderfully inspirational story begins with a challenge to young readers that would make it difficult for them to put the book down. Deanie asks “Have you ever really wanted to be able to do something, but you came across a roadblock of some kind?” and goes on to inquire “Are you going to follow your dream, or are you going to push it aside without even trying?”
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s generosity in sharing her story so that others may be motivated to pursue their dreams, no matter the challenge, is admirable. Take advantage of the opportunity, acquire the book and be inspired! “Tails of Sweetbrier” is heartily recommended for readers of all ages. From 5- star  review by author/publisher Sarah Mazor

Charlie the Horse

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Charlie the Horse wants to be a famous racehorse like his dad, Charles the Great. But he finds it’s much harder than he imagined. What happens when Charlie has problems on the race track? Does he focus on his work? You’ll love this endearing tale and you’ll learn the value of hard work and goal setting. Inspire your child!

Excerpts from Reviews of Charlie the Horse

I highly recommend this fascinating book to children, parents, and teachers. The story is educational as Deanie Humphrys-Dunne points to the importance of discipline, confidence, and persistence. The main character Charlie is adorable, talented, and amusing. The author encourages children to work hard at reaching their goals, overcome their fears, and believe in themselves. Did Charlie become another Charles The Great, and did he follow his passion to reach his dream? “CHARLIE THE HORSE” is as entertaining as Little House On The Prairie, and as inspiring as “BLACK BEAUTY.” From 5-star review by author/reviewer Geri Ahearn

The story is lovely, the information fascinating, and the values imparted are relevant to readers, young and old. Charlie is a champion racer, but he is also a champion of fundamental values such as work ethic, commitment to task, persistence and tenacity, and integrity and self-respect that are manifested in the effort to excel and be the best one can be. Another set of values that are thematic in the book is evident in the respect, appreciation, and gratitude exhibited by Charlie, who seeks the wisdom and prizes the mentorship of the retired racehorse General Quick. Another winner from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne! From 5-star review by author/publisher Sarah Mazor

Children will enjoy this delightful story about Charlie who is born from a long line of championship race horses. Charlie is a handsome horse with black hair and a crooked white blaze on his face. He wants very much to be a champion like his father and grandfather. He gets advice along the way from General Quick, an old retired racehorse. Charlie learns that it is not as easy as he thought to be a champion racehorse and that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to succeed. He has friends Buddy and Glory who also are learning how to race. They help each other by encouraging and supporting one another during their training and practice races. Charlie has an engaging personality that will capture the hearts of children of all ages. The readers will find themselves cheering Charlie on in each of his races with enthusiasm. From 5-star review by author, Janice Spina

Charlie the Horse’ is a wonderful book not only for children but adults as well to learn about the road to the racetrack by thoroughbred horses. It is especially appropriate now that we are in the Triple Crown and summer racing season. Beautifully illustrated by the author’s sister, Holly, it is lovely book to keep forever in your library for enjoyment and reference. From review by author, Patricia Daly-Lipe (5-star)

Charlie the Horse begins with the birth of a very special colt. He is the son of a famous racehorse, Charles the Great. The colt’s mother names him, “Charlie the Horse.” She encourages him, telling him how handsome he is, and telling him that someday he may be a great racehorse like his daddy. He begins his days at the Racing Haven Farm, and learns a few tips for racing from another famous racehorse, General Quick. Soon the day comes when it’s time for Charlie the Horse to start his racing career. He proves to be one very talented horse, winning nearly every race. He likes winning and always does his best. From 5-star review by author, Sherry Ellis

With clear and relaxed writing, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne lets Charlie the Horse pass on this important message to his readers. Charlie learns through trial and error how to become a winning racehorse, and through his thoughts, his story inspires his readers to do their best and not let temporary setbacks discourage them. From 5-star review by Author Laurie Loveman

Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes

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Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes

Charlene the Star is enjoying her particular talent, but she and her friends, Hattie, Elliott, and Wooliam, are looking for something exciting to do in their spare time. They start a new business and learn the value of friendship and teamwork. This story will inspire you and make you smile!

Excerpts from Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes:

This is a sweet and endearing tale about a beautiful horse, named Charlene, who seeks to pursue her dream to be a champion jumper. She befriends other animals, Woolam and Hattie, along the way who help and encourage Charlene on her road to success. Charlene in turns assists her friends in their adventures. From 5-star review by author Janice Spina

Instilling good values is important to us parents, nurturers and educators. Hence, we should be cognizant of the variety of methods available for the promotion of conduct and attitudes toward others and toward the self. One way to positively influence our children is to expose them to good books that are engaging, entertaining and fostering healthy approaches toward life. This is exactly why I highly recommend Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s lovely book “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes”, which enchants and entertains while it promotes wonderful traits and virtues. The interaction between the main characters (mostly of the animal world) in the book, their thoughts, their communication with each other and the behaviors they encourage come across so beautifully, they are bound to inspire young readers. 5-star review by author/publisher Sarah Mazor

An awe-inspiring story that will teach life’s lessons as much as it will astonish the heart! The author takes the reader on an amusing adventure as the story teaches moral value, friendship, problem-solving, and challenges. A magnificent learning stimulation with adorable characters, who come to life. The unforgettable characters teach life’s valuable lessons, the rewards of hard work, and how to be a good sport.From Review by author/reviewer Geri Ahearn (5-stars)

Charlene the Star and Hatties Heroes is a book that would appeal to young horse lovers and animals lovers. The added bonus is that it is a book that teaches good character. It’s about helping others, working hard, setting goals, doing your best, and being a gracious winner or loser. All of these are valuable life lessons. from 5-star review by author, Sherry Ellis

Charlene the Star

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Charlene the Star

Chalene the Star was born into a famous racing family. But what happens when she doesn’t like racing? She considers becoming a model. Every child will relate to this story because Charlene searches for her place to shine. Charlene discovers her natural talent and works hard to perfect it. You’ll love her humorous story!

Excerprts from Reviews for Charlene the Star:

I would like to share with all of you these unique stories, Charlene the Star, and Hattie’s Heroes, written by author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.  These books are about horses written from the horses’ point of view if horses could talk.  The author weaves a story about the main character, Charlene the Star who is from a long line of champion race horses.  Charlene has a mind of her own and does not want to be a race horse.  The stories  involve what race horses have to do in order to become champions and how they need support and friends to be successful in their endeavors.  Children will love Charlene and cheer for her as she follows her dream.  Reviewed by Author, Janice Spina (5 stars)

Charlene the Star is born into a family of champion racehorses but to her dismay she realizes that she does not share the enthusiasm, ability, and desire for racing. In her remarkable way, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, using the beautiful red-coated Charlene the Star as her “spokeswoman”, communicates to young children that they need not be like everyone else but rather that they should pursue that which makes their heart soar. Charlene the Star first tries to fit in and learn to race but her heart was not in it. The beautiful horse finds a way to apprise her trainers of her unhappiness, and then with their help she discovers a different `career’that befits her talents and fills her with joy.From 5- star review by author/ publisher, Sarah Mazor

This was an adorable children’s book. It is full of positive lessons and even had me laughing a lot.
Charlene is a beautiful red head horse born into a family of famous racehorses. But she doesn’t want to be a racehorse like them. Charlene figures out she likes a whole different path and much to her surprise and happiness, she excels at it. From very young, her mother taught her that she would be loved no matter what path she chose. Charlene becomes friends with other horses, humans, and a handsome dog named Elliot. She builds beautiful relationships with them that reinforces the importance of friendship and love. From review by Shannon K. (5 stars)