Welcome to swirl and spark!

I’m Jackie Yeager, middle grade author and daydreamer.

This site is a compilation of my thoughts and dreams and everything in between. I love blogging about writing, publishing, books, and occasionally my kids. So, whether you’re a reader, writer, educator, or daydreamer (like me!) grab an iced coffee or power smoothie–whatever fuels your creativity. Click around, read a good book…or write one. That’s what I’ll be doing! New Website Photo with Spin the Golden Light Bulb (2)

But why call my author site swirl and spark? Well, because I like how it sounds!  And because the phrase sums up my best tip for writers:

Story ideas don’t magically appear for us on command. They need to swirl for a bit in our minds.

So let them.

They’ll spark soon enough, and when that one spark feels like fireworks, you’ll know it’s time to fire up your writer’s brain and get to work. Write the story only you can write.

Because the rest of us are waiting to read it!                                                             

I’m so excited to share that my second middle grade novel is here! It was published by Amberjack Publishing  AUGUST 21, 2018!
Flip the Silver Switch (THE CRIMSON FIVE: Book 2)  is the sequel to Spin the Golden Light Bulb.
Check out the book trailer below, and the spectacular cover by Gabrielle Esposito!

Flip the Silver Switch Final Cover

For more details including purchase links, please click: here.

For information on my debut middle grade novel, Spin the Golden Light Bulb (THE CRIMSON FIVE: Book 1), including purchase links and both the Official and Extended Book Trailers, please scroll down… oh, and thanks for stopping by my site. I’m so happy you did!


Cover- Spin the Golden Light Bulb

My Local Indie: Lift Bridge Books


Barnes & Noble

The year is 2071.
Kia Krumpet is eleven years old.
She bites her nails (a lot) and flies an aero-scooter.
And she dreams of building her sixty-seven inventions at PIPS, the Piedmont Inventor’s Prep School.
The event is the Piedmont Challenge.
A challenge in which all 6th grade students solve a series of tasks.
The winners compete in state teams to earn a place at PIPS, a place where they can let their imaginations and creativity run free.
The rest are forced to study one school category for all of 7th and 8th grade. Just one.
(That’s two whole years!)
The place is Camp Piedmont.
The most innovative camp in the country.
But in a world full of floating playgrounds, switching bunk beds,
and robotic monkey assistants, there’s more at stake than creating an invention, studying one category, or winning a Golden Light Bulb…
and only one team with the courage to figure out what that is.
Meet The Crimson Five.
Because sometimes it takes a friend (or four) to help make your dreams come true.