Welcome to Swirl and Spark!

So, what’s behind the name? Well, ideas swirl (sometimes for a really long time) but on any given day can suddenly spark to life. That’s when the magic happens~ an idea turns into a manuscript draft, a draft begins to sparkle, and stories come to life. I figured what better way to emphasize the best part of writing than to name my website after the process!

If writing for kids monopolize your life in any way, I’m glad you found the site. Get comfy. Grab a coffee and click around. I hope you find something interesting! Things are always changing on the site. I get bored looking at the same pages all the time. But for now you’ll find scribble tips~ my random writing tips;  the book nook ~ an ever growing list of amazing middle grade books; living a writer’s life~where I get real about being a writer; and because it’s that time of year, you’ll also find a page specifically for high school seniors looking for help with their college admission essays. Click on College Essay Assist for details.

New on the site!  Writers Around the World is a series showcasing writers from all over. We have so much to learn from each other and since we can’t trek off to California or Australia every time we’d like to meet other amazing writers, this may be the next best thing…a way to learn how different- and alike we all are when it comes to writing!

Oh, and how could I forget? For those of you who just want to check in with me, have a cup of tea or a latte, and hear what I have to say, check out the swirl and spark blog every week too. I’ll be chatting up just about anything related to writing, reading, publishing, and creating stories for kids. I love getting to know who’s reading the blog, so if you like, comment on my posts or send me a note. I’d love to hear from you.🙂

Thanks for stopping by! I hope we can connect sometime soon.