Deanne is an author and painter who grew up in Southern California where her life was heavily influenced by the Pacific Ocean. During her childhood, she played on the beach and made sand castles, but her favorite childhood interests were reading and drawing pictures. Painting classes in Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo became a favorite Saturday morning experience thanks to the wide assortment of interesting and active animals.

Later in life, Deanne graduated from UCLA where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. After completing her education, she taught high school and middle school for many years in California, Arizona and Texas. Deanne has recently become a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She currently resides in Texas and enjoys frequent visits from her two grown children, two grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.

What are a few of Deanne’s favorite things?

  • Favorite children’s books: Black Beauty, Ferdinand the Bull and Cat in the Hat
  • Favorite place to travel: Australia, where she gets to play with kangaroos and wallabies
  • Favorite place to visit every summer: Monterey Peninsula in Northern California, where she can experience the sea and all of its creature comforts
  • Favorite place to live: Houston, Texas, where you can find every kind of animal

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Jana Goode

    Deanne – I didn’t even know you were a writer! Congratulations on your new book! I wish I were going to be in town to get a couple signed for my kiddos, but we leave for vacation this morning!! Please let me know where you’ll be signing books later this month or this summer!!! I’d love to see you!!!


  2. Mary Wimbish

    Dear Deanne, Congratulations on your charming books about otters. Your watercolors are delightful. good job!

    I live in West University, Houston. I am a former teacher and lawyer, and am now semi-retired.
    I have written a children’s book about a world-famous dog, General George Patton’ dog, Willie. The story is funny, happy, sad, touching, historically accurate,
    factually based , and interesting for both adults and kids. Like you, I love all animals, especially dogs, wild squirrels, and wild birds. I would like to meet you sometime and find out about how you got started in self-publishing. Could I take you to lunch somewhere close to where we both live?

    My favorite children’s book is “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back” because the littlest cat of all cleans up the huge mess.

    thanks, Mary

  3. Paul Morris

    I have thought about writing a book and saw your story in the Bellaire Buzz. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am a native Houstonian and went to Lamar, Lanier and River Oaks elementary back in the 50’s. The street (“Danville”) my parents lived on when I was born was destroyed to make the Southwest Freeway. We moved to the 3800 block of Inwood and I had a great life crossing the tracks on my bike and past that was nothing but a small road (San Felipe) headed out to Camp Hudson.
    So if you have any ideas I would certainly appreciate it. Maybe we could meet sometime at the Looscan Library (one of my favorite hangouts as a kid) where they had to swap out books with other library’s since I read all they had on the shelf more than once. Not sure I would recognize it as I have not been back since they remodeled it.
    Thanks for your time and consideration.

  4. Benny

    Thank you for your kindness. My son loves the book “True Blues Magical Friendship”!

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