The Author

Dr. Duffy is a psychologist, play therapist, and therapeutic storyteller. She lives in rural coastal Maine with her husband, two diamond hunters, and a flock of chickens.  Finding Diamonds is her first picture book.

Most of Dr. Duffy’s therapeutic stories are written for the “theater” of the sandtray. This approach to storytelling gives children the chance to play with the story. She developed an 8-step approach to using stories in the sandtray called the Moving Stories Play Therapy Method.  The approach with individual children is described in Cathy Malchiodi’s (editor) book, Creative Arts Therapy with Traumatized Children. Using Moving Stories with groups can be found in Stephanie Brooke and Charles E. Myers (editors) book, The Use of Creative Therapies in Treating Depression. Dr. Duffy’s therapeutic Moving Stories are available for download in the By The Sea Seminars Therapeutic Story Library.

Dr. Duffy works with the Passamaquoddy tribe in Maine, providing outpatient therapy, assessments, and consultation for Head Start and schools. She is founder of By The Sea Seminars and enjoys presenting.

The Illustrator

Jane Woodruff Carroll has received numerous awards and exhibited in nationally juried shows, including the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. Her extensive and distinguished career has included book design, art editing, portraiture, and teaching. Her works are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.

She has six giant diamonds, one of whom is the author.


Author Sue Carroll Duffy and illustrator J. Woodruff Carroll are a dynamic mother and daughter team whose talents meld together perfectly. They have created a  vivid children’s book that is about a joyful quest to attain what is most precious. Readers will delight in the lovable boy and intuitively understand his wish to be important. Exuberant spirit and  vivid illustrations make  Finding Diamonds  a heartwarming celebration of family and loving acceptance. - Sherry Reiter, PhD, LCSW

Director of The Creative Righting Center