The Sparkle Spa

The Cover of Sparkle Spa: Glam Opening

I started working on the first Sparkle Spa book in July of 2012, and almost four-and-a-half years later, I’ve written ten of them! Simon & Schuster just sent me the jacket for the last and final book in the series, GLAM OPENING. It’s been so cool to see how the artist, Cathi Mingus, has drawn the Sparkle Spa characters for all these years. (The book will be in stores on June 20, 2017.)9781481463959-1

October 11 was Sparkle Spa #9 Day!

October 11 was the publication day for Sparkle Spa 9: Fashion Disaster. In that book Suzy gives Brooke a haircut…and inspires a whole lot of girls to donate their hair to be turned into wigs for kids who are sick. After I handed in my copy-edited pages last spring, I did it too. Here’s a photo to show you what I looked like before and afterward. img_1070

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Some Photos from the Premier of Sparkle Spa The Musical!

I just got back from the most incredible weekend in Meredith, New Hampshire where I got to see the first ever production of Sparkle Spa The Musical at the Interlakes Children’s Theatre. The kids and grown-ups who acted, sang, and danced in the show were wonderful! It was so cool to see my imaginary world come alive!

Here are some photos, including one with me, Brad Ross (the show’s composer), and Christiana Cole (the show’s lyricist) just before we went inside to watch the show for the fist time. (We were pretty excited.) 

Another Peek at SPARKLE SPA The Musical!

Today I got to listen to a bunch of talented actors sing through the score of SPARKLE SPA The Musical! There’s going to be a workshop reading on Tuesday, so they were practicing. And they let me record them while they sang “You Are Gonna Lose.” Here it is, if you want to give it a listen. Music by Brad Ross and lyrics by Christiana Cole. Robert Phillip Smith is directing the workshop (and the show in New Hampshire this summer!).

Sparkle Spa: The Musical

I’m so incredibly excited to report that Bling It On!, the seventh Sparkle Spa book, will be a musical! Brad Ross is writing the music, Christiana Cole is writing the lyrics, and I’m going to be writing the dialogue that goes in between the songs. And this summer it’ll be performed at Interlakes Theatre in New Hampshire!

Carly Gendell, an awesome young actress who’s in School of Rock, sang one of the songs for us and let us video tape it. I loved it so much that I wanted to share it here!

Enjoy!

A jacket for Fashion Disaster!

I have some exciting news over here. Sparkle Spa #9: Fashion Disaster has cover art! In this book, Suzy Davis does an awesome job cutting a doll’s hair, so Brooke decides she wants a haircut too–uh oh.

(Suzy is my favorite character in the series because she’s confident and passionate and tells the truth even if no one else wants to hear it. She’s also named after my sister Suzie. I love that she’s featured on the cover of this one.)

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