Welcome to WriterSpark Academy’s blog and website. I’m Melissa Bourbon, founder of WriterSpark, teacher, and National Bestselling author of more than 25 books. My various series range from cozy mysteries to women’s fiction, traditional mystery, and a secret Hollywood project.

I spent years teaching middle school English Language Arts, followed by more years teaching creative writing to adults at Southern Methodist University’s CAPE program and with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute with North Carolina State University. Writing and teaching are in my blood.

My writing career officially started in 2008 with the publication of Living the Vida Lola. In the years since, I’ve learned and adapted in an ever-evolving industry, have grown in my understanding of what makes for good storytelling, and have honed my craft in the process. I combined my two passions–writing and teaching– by creating WriterSpark as a way to pay it forward.

My vision is to build the WriterSpark community to something vibrant and collaborative, as well as informational. So, settle in and explore the WriterSpark site. I encourage you to email me if you have specific questions or topics you’d like to see covered on the blog.

I love my life in North Carolina with my educator husband, Carlos, and our three dogs, a pug, Bean, a chug, Dobby, and a mixed breed, Pippin. You can learn more about me at my website, www.melissabourbon.com, on Facebook @MelissaBourbon/Winnie ArcherBooks, and on Instagram @bookishly_cozy.

My various book series include:

  • The Book Magic Mysteries
  • The Magical Dressmaking Mysteries
  • The Bread Shop Mysteries
  • The Legends Suspense Novels
  • The standalone Storiebook Charm
  • and a series I’m working on reverting the rights on. More on that later!