Author Spotlight – Jill Sammut

Writer's Treasure Chest

jill-head-1Welcome! 

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

I wrote my first books at the kitchen table around the age of six.  Constructed with paper, crayons, and random staples, I even managed to design advertisements for future “books” in my series on the back of each creation.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

My current work is a series of chapter books for tweens.  The books celebrate children living with issues such as anxiety and cerebral palsy while encompassing a diverse set of characters.  Someone needs to tell the story of kids who are not typically well-represented in traditional literature.  Every time I hear from a reader who saw themselves reflected in my work, it motivates me.

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

I am currently writing books that target tweens.  A particular child with anxiety who couldn’t find…

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Celebrate the small things

It’s Friday again so we can celebrate whatever happened during the week. Hop on over to LexaCain.blogspot.com to check out what everyone is cheering about.
Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • Bounce back day last week was pretty successful. No relapses. We’ve got a plan moving forward and for that we are grateful.
  • I received some very nice reviews recently so shout outs to Gigi Sedlmayer, Theodore. J. Cohen, Virginia Wright, and Yossi Lapid for the wonderful reviews. Also, special thanks to everyone who featured Charlene the Star on their blogs; Julie Flanders, Janice Spina, and Colleen Chesebro. You all did a fantastic job.
  • I recovered from one disappointing experience this week. Last week’s practice bounce back day helped.
  • Warm sunny weather for the last couple of days.
What are you celebrating? Have a great week.
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Charlene the Star is another delightful story by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

 February 9, 2017
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This review is from: Charlene the Star (Kindle Edition)
Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. She had beautiful dark red hair, brown eyes, and nice long legs just perfect for being a racehorse. However, Charlene decides racing is not for her. Charlene does not know how to tell her mother this. Quite a dilemma for a youngster. You will have to read Charlene the Star to find out what happens next in this delightful story by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. I recommend this book for young readers 7-12, and especially for those who are horse lovers.

If you have not read Tails of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, it is a must do! Tails of Sweetbrier is a touching true story of determination 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. Loved this book!

-Virginia Wright, Author of
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Good book for discussion of emotions and bullying…

February 21, 2017
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This cute story begins with Charlene the Star (a horse) who begins telling the story. She and her friends talk to other animals but not humans. Charlene the Star is preparing for a big jumping competition. She wants to win an award for being the best jumper in the whole state of Kentucky. She notices a bulldog (Bentley) on the sidelines and befriends him. Bentley turns out to be quite the sarcastic bully. He is invited to his first horse show, but Charlene hopes he will have good manners. But will he behave? Will Charlene win the award at her show? You will have to read this story to find out the answers. I recommend this book for introducing talk about what a bully is and how to respond in an uncomfortable situation where bullying is going on.
If you have not read Tails of Sweetbrier, it is a must do! Tails of Sweetbrier is a touching true story of determination 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. Loved this book!
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copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2017

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Rum Cocktails, Blog Sitters and all that Jazz

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I have had a lovely week with a birthday and Valentine’s Day and I am now about to pack my bags to head off for a girls week with my two sisters to celebrate all our birthdays which all fall …

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