Children’s literature has always had a special place in my heart – first, as a child; then as an elementary teacher, and now as a cool aunt. That’s why I’m excited to welcome Daphne Self to the blog today to talk about her new children’s book The Case of the Missing Firehouse Dog.
Daphne Self, formerly published under the name D.M. Webb, resides in Iowa. A transplant from Mississippi who fell in love with the Midwest state, she spends her days writing, editing, and planning adventures with her husband and sons. Having always dreamed of being a writer she pursues this dream with only one goal in mind: to glorify His name. Daphne is also an avid reader who devours books in many genres and volunteers her time judging contests for unpublished and published authors. She also helps upcoming authors polish their manuscripts.
Beautiful Majesty has been dognapped!
Majesty, the firehouse dog, is missing.
Willie and Jax are on the case to discover who is the dognapping culprit. Could it be their neighbor, Mr. Applebee? Or maybe it is Ms. Thornton?
Join the Pintail Duo, Wilhelmina van der Coup and Jackson Barnaby, as they follow the clues to rescue Majesty in The Case of the Missing Firehouse Dog.
Praise for The Case of the Missing Firehouse Dog
This delightful book will have your children giggling and sleuthing as Willie and Jax solve the case of the missing firefighter dog. Daphne Self also beautifully weaves the truth of God’s Word into the lessons learned by the two young detectives, reminding children that God’s commands are just as real and necessary for us today. – Katie Cruice Smith, author of Why Did You Choose Me?
Hi Daphne! Welcome to the blog! It’s nice to talk to you here & not just on social media 😉
Daphne: I’m a winter person, but I’ve learned lately that I’m not a Midwest winter person. Summers in the Deep South were too hot, and winters in the Midwest are too cold. I like the southern winters, just the right amount of cold. Plus, my favorite holiday happens in winter.
Carrie: I love winter & I miss the Midwestern winters but I probably would only last one week now that my blood has acclimated a little further south. lol.
Daphne: This one is a little hard. I like coffee, and especially dark roast, but tea has always been my love. There are three teas that I like the most: green, Earl Grey, and Darjeeling.
Carrie: Green tea is about all i can do…
Daphne: I would have to say: the ocean. I’ve been to the Rocky Mountains in Idaho and down to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi. Although I love the mountains, I found a peacefulness by the ocean.
Carrie: The Smoky Mountains are my happy place but if I could have a house where I could see the Smokies out one side of the house and the ocean on the other side I would be in utter bliss!
Daphne: I like card games, particularly Rummy and Phase 10, but my ultimate loves are: Monopoly, Risk, Clue, and Scrabble. I have a collection of Monopoly games (collector’s editions that range from Zelda to Star Trek to Seinfeld).
Carrie: We totally should have a game night if we are ever in the same location! But… just please no Phase 10. I think I have slight PTSD (only slightly kidding) from playing it with my sweet Alzheimer’s-ridden grandmothers over and over again. Lol!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Daphne: I know a lot of people would say super strength or telekinesis, but for me, it wouldn’t be able to read someone’s mind, but to know their emotions: I would be super empathic. Sort of like Deanna Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Carrie: We could use more people to be sensitive to what emotions are driving others.
Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
Daphne: Five of my most cherished books…. One: a useless young man? by George Theodore Blakers (my ancestor), Two: The Blue Flower by Henry van Dyke, Three: The Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke, Four: Jubal Sackett by Louis L’amour, Five: The Walking Drum by Louis L’Amour
Carrie: ok… ummm… i feel like I should turn in my book blogger license (no such thing) since I have read NONE of these. Yikes! Bad, Carrie.
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Daphne: I’m a no-frills woman. I only have my driver’s license, my debit card, insurance card, library card, PO box keys, and rescue inhaler. And my purse? It’s a small purple satin wristlet. Only the necessities travel with me. And yes, I consider the library card a necessity.
Carrie: I caught that and I appreciate you even more for it! 😀
Q: Which of your main characters is most like you?
Daphne: I would say that Willie is the closest to me. She is a representation of my childhood, from her spitfire ways to her penchant for getting into situations.
Carrie: I love that!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The Case of the Missing Firehouse Dog?
Daphne: I want the young readers to know that just because they overhear something, they cannot make assumptions. And until you talk to a person, you truly cannot know who they are and what they are like.
Carrie: Amen & amen! Such an important lesson for our world today – and if children grasp that early on, they can turn the tide ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Daphne: After this book, I will have a novel titled Alabama Days released. I’m working on three other projects: a journal-style book about the ups and downs of being diagnosed with a chronic illness, a contemporary novel that may end up pushing some boundaries (but in a good way!), and the second book of The Adventures of Wilhelmina series.
Carrie: Looking forward to all of these but especially that journal!
Daphne is offering a copy of The Case of the Missing Firehouse Dog to TWO of my readers (one print winner & one digital winner). Open internationally except where prohibited by law. This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What do you love most about children’s books?