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Deborah Henry
Screen Writer
International Children's Author

Deborah Henry wrote a screenplay based on her critically acclaimed novel, The Whipping Club, which received a Kirkus starred review, appeared on Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 list, praise from Publisher’s Weekly and selected for Oprah’s Summer Reading List. She holds an MFA from Fairfield University. 

Photograph copyright Marion Ettlinger



"Deborah Henry creates a world of magic, fairy tale, and lush fantasy, like Gabriel Garcia Marquez translated for kids. Wonderful and playful!"


Josip Novakovitch - International Man Booker Prize Finalist

"In this beautifully illustrated and vividly colourful book we are transported to a world where Princess Dembe lives at one with nature and the supernatural, using both to tap into her courage, tenacity and inner strength to defeat the evil villain, Prince Damian and save The Beloved Land.

This fast paced, imaginative and inspiring story not only encourages young readers to be themselves, but to build community with others, and work together with animals and nature for the common good. It truly is a much needed lesson for our times."


Pauline Turley, Vice Chair, Irish Arts Centre.

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Deborah's first short story was published in the Copperfield Review, was a historical fiction finalist for Solander Magazine and was long listed in the Fish Short Story Prize. She has been an expert guest on radio programs as well as on NBC, FOX and CBS television in top markets nationally. An active member of The Academy of American Poets, a patron of the Irish Arts Center in New York, she recently founded the Deborah Henry Scholarship Fund for the Abroad Writers Conference in Dublin. She has traveled extensively in Ireland, and divides her time between New York and New England. 

Watch Her Shine is her first children's book.

She has recently completed her second novel.

Second Edition
Released October 2019
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Published 2012
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