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Dee Dee Chumley taught high school English for twenty-three years, coaching girls tennis eleven of those. When she retired, she put to use the skills she’d learned and taught through the years by writing for contests and publication. She has won and placed in numerous contests, and in 2012, her YA novel Beyond the Farthest Star won Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. Best Juvenile Book. In 2017, she was a finalist in the Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest and was published in their anthology. Also in 2017, she self-published her novel Some Form of Grace. Her latest book, Ron Finds His Courage is a joint effort with her grandson Brooks,  who is a proud and responsible owner of a red bearded dragon, strangely enough, named Ron! Chumley has given presentations for schools, writing groups, book clubs, and church groups. 

Ron Finds His Courage

Storytime, Best of Books in Edmond,

June 25, 2022



Piedmont Public Library Summer Reading Kickoff

June 4, 2022




Book Launch for Ron Finds His Courage at Cities Ice Cream,
May 14, 2022

Some Form of Grace 

Book Club, Winter 2018

New Covenant Methodist Church, 
December, 2018

Oklahoma City Christian Writers' Club
April, 2018

Some Form of Grace is the story of Gracene, an ex-offender who pretends to be a Christian in order to take part in a church-sponsored re-entry program. Inspired by stories from such a  program in Oklahoma City, this inspirational novel addresses issues such as:

*    Childhood trauma that can lead to incarceration 

   Barriers to re-entering and adjusting to life "outside"

*    Getting beyond a broken past

*    Considering oneself to be beyond redemption

*    The forms of grace that lead to freedom

Some Form of Grace, besides being an engaging story of one woman's struggle, generates many questions which can lead to thought-provoking discussions for book clubs and church groups.

Ron Finds His Courage is the story of a pet bearded dragon who dreams of being courageous like his ancestors. One night he discovers a pair of magical wings which enables him to embark on a quest to discover the source of courage. But the chapter book, aimed at children ages 6-9, is more than an entertaining fantasy. The foremost theme is using our unique, God-given gifts to overcome fears and accomplish our goals. Other ideas also generate valuable discussions with children. Among them: 

* What is courage?

* What ultimately motivates Ron to face his fear? 

* Do we all have the same talents or abilities? Is one talent or ability more                                       important than another?

*  What is perseverance? How does it help when trying to accomplish challenging tasks or solving problems?

Ron Finds His Courage addresses these questions in a fun and imaginative way as well as includes a glossary and “beardie” facts.  

I would love to visit your classroom, library, church, or special event to do a reading, lead a discussion, and/or (with children) provide an activity. I will work with you to customize a presentation that best fits your needs.

 If you are interested in setting up a visit, I can be contacted at


Edmond - no fee; only the opportunity to sell books

Other areas - travel expenses and opportunity to sell books

Books are available at:

Some Form of Grace ISBN 978-0-692-94148-5. $11.95


Best of Books in Edmond, Oklahoma

Ron Finds His Courage ISBN 978-0-578-38703-1 $9.00


Best of Books in Edmond, Oklahoma

Commonplace Bookstore in Edmond, Oklahoma

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