About Us

Our Mission:

Spark Publishing seeks to provide a place for new authors to publish, established authors to hone their skills, and staff to develop publishing expertise that can grow into opportunities to teach, mentor, and grow a platform for their own careers. Our goal is to release three issues a year with eight to ten new stories in each, including a featured author and a staff author.


Editors:

Leslie DeVooght

Leslie DeVooght
Leslie DeVooght writes southern romance set mostly on St. Simons Island, her hometown. Leslie was first published in Spark in 2017 and fell in love with writing romantic flash fiction. Leslie’s flash fiction was also published in the 2018 Writer’s Digest of Short, Short stories.

When Leslie isn’t writing, she serves as Director of Women’s Ministries at her church, cheers on her three children, and enjoys date nights with her husband, who loves that she researches kissing. Leslie is represented by Bob Hostetler of the Steve Laube Agency.

Kimberly Duffy

Kimberly Duffy
Kimberly Duffy is a native New Yorker who found herself following love to Cincinnati, where she had four kids and began writing historical romance and women’s fiction. When she’s not homeschooling her children and making other people’s words shiny in Track Changes, she loves teaching writing, scouring Goodwill for cute outfits to feature on Instagram, and reading good books.

A Tapestry of Light releases March 16, 2021, and Every Word Unsaid releases November 2, 2021 from Bethany House Publishers. Kimberly’s debut novel, A Mosaic of Wings, released May 5, 2020.

Hope Welborn

Hope Welborn
Hope Welborn writes about small towns and big suspense, with a sprinkling of romance and a hefty dose of faith. Her manuscripts have won the ACFW Genesis contest and the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Foundation Award.

When she’s not working her full-time job in digital content marketing technology, she serves as President for her local ACFW chapter and is a member of the Suspense Squad. She is represented by Jim Hart of Hartline Literary Agency.

Hope serves as the Website and Technology Manager for Spark Flash Fiction.

Staff:

Jennifer Purcell

Social Media Manager
Jennifer Purcell
Jennifer Purcell is a Georgia native who loves to write about faith, family, and romance. She is an ACFW First Impressions contest winner and a semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis contest.

When Jennifer’s not writing, reading, or blogging, she enjoys watching Hallmark mysteries and daydreaming about happy endings.

Jennifer serves as the Social Media Manager for Spark Flash Fiction.

Sheri Yutzy

Acquisitions Editor
Sheri Yutzy
Sheri Yutzy lives in Ohio with her musician husband and two toddlers. Between bottles and diaper changes, she writes YA fantasy, and is looking for an agent to represent her current work in progress, The Secret Seller.

Sheri serves as the Acquisitions Editor for Spark Flash Fiction.

Abbey Downey

Production assistant
Abbey Downey
Abbey Downey started writing inspirational romance stories during naptime when her kids were babies and found she couldn’t stop. Several of her flash fiction stories have been published, along with two books (written under the name Mollie Campbell).

After growing up throughout the Midwest, Abbey settled in central Indiana, where her family has lived since the 1840s. She fills her days with fixing up a few acres in the country and hanging out with her husband, two kids, and one rather enthusiastic beagle.

Abbey serves as a Production Assistant for Spark Flash Fiction.

Jordan Millsaps

Production Assistant
Sheri Yutzy
Jordan Millsaps lives in the rolling hills of East Tennessee with her husband and two daughters. Her first flash fiction story, The Helpful Assistant, was published by Spark in 2020, and her story Pine Tree Picnic was included in the Summer 2021 issue. Both stories won the ‘reader favorite’ vote for the issue.

When she’s not writing or working her day job as an insurance agent, she loves reading, baking, developing new recipes for her website, and hiking with her family. Although she enjoys reading a little bit of everything, historical romance is her favorite genre to read and write, and she hates books that make her cry. Jordan is seeking representation for her current historical romance manuscript.

Jordan serves as a Production Assistant for Spark Flash Fiction.