Swirl and Spark is the website of middle grade author, Jackie Yeager, a site with books for tweens, info for writers who write books for tweens, and a blog to cheer on any writer who needs cheering… because story ideas swirl (sometimes for a really long time) and the process of getting the ideas down on the page can be grueling. But on any given day, those ideas 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.

So…if you have a story idea that’s swirling, you may find your spark right here!

If reading great middle grade books or writing middle grade books monopolize your life in any way, I’m glad you found the site. Grab a coffee and click around. I’ll bring the sweet cream creamer! But be aware, things are always changing here. I get so bored looking at the same pages all the time. 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 what it’s really like to be a writer; and …because I recently found out that my first book is going to be published, you’ll also find a tab on my soon-to-be published middle grade book, THE CRIMSON FIVE: Spin the Golden Light Bulb!

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 just 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 that cup coffee (or even a tea or a latte), 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.

Jackie Yeager