All authors were unpublished, aspiring authors at one point.

All authors started at the beginning. They all have an origin story. How did they get their start? What was their path to publication?



These stories can be inspiring. Motivating. Whether it’s the Joker’s, Batman’s, or our own, they are all meaningful.



WriterSpark is me…I am WriterSpark. Today I am sharing my origin story. I started my writing journey in the early ’90s, but my first book wasn’t published until 2008. What happened in between those years?


The In-between Years

What happened was that I wrote five mystery series, one romantic suspense duo, and a few stand alone novels. How that happened is my origin story.


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Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of more than twenty-eight novels. She is a teacher, coach, podcaster, and writer. She has applied her love of teaching to the creation of WriterSpark Academy, an online school for aspiring and new writers seeking to hone their craft. Learn more about Melissa at her website,