Rebecca and Madelyn are a unique mother/daughter writing team. The “Tale of Two Sisters” series (Sara Jane Is a Pain, Life According to Liz, Moving Out and Moving On) features eleven-year-old Liz McCormick, a tomboy growing up on her family’s farm in the rolling hills of Wisconsin.
Madelyn Spindler was eleven years old when she was inspired to write the first book in the series with her mother, Rebecca Williams Spindler. Madelyn had a love for writing beginning at age five. During High School, she spent her summers volunteering on a Farm Animal Sanctuary and caring for goats, llamas, pigs (some REALLY BIG sows), ducks, donkeys, cats and chickens. Together, the mother-daughter team co-wrote the heartwarming, humorous and reality-based middle grade/Young Adult book series, “The Tale of Two Sisters” for Little Creek Books (www.littlecreekbooks.com) d/b/a Jan-Carol Publishing. They were surprised and humbled to have their third book, Moving Out and Moving On receive the 2013 Tofte Wright Children's Literature Award from the Council of Wisconsin Writers. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Carroll University, Madelyn has dual degrees in English - Professional Writing and Psychology. When Madelyn isn't working, she's playing her clarinet, watching movies, having bubble tea with friends or making incredible Perler bead art.
Rebecca has a richly diverse heritage reaching from the Appalachia Mountains region of Virginia to the shores of the Philippine Islands and nesting in the Wisconsin heartland. Her short story “The True Beauty”, published by Mountain Girl Press, was featured in The Zinnia Tales; followed by short story, “Mama’s Hands”, featured in Self-Rising Flowers. Her latest short story, "High Time - Get a Load of Those Shoes" was featured in Easter Lilies. An additional short story, “The Road Home”, was featured in Zeniths & Zephyrs, Mountain Peaks and Soft Breezes, also achieved recognition from Writer’s Digest. Her blog, "Five Major Differences between Writing Novels and Screenplays" was published on ScreenCraft and the Huffington Post.
Rebecca enjoys writing screenplays as well as short stories and novels. Her screenplays have achieved finalist rank in national and international contests. Her short screenplay, Wrong Number Right Day, won the 2015 Project Famous Screenplay competition and was produced by Project Famous Films. Her short quirky cosmic comedy, Son of the Seed, was produced in 2020 by MaxJet Productions and was an official selection at the 2021 Venice Shorts Film Festival. For information on Rebecca's film career as a writer and producer, go to: www.imdb.com/name/nm7156883/
She's a member of the International Screenwriters Association and Alumni of the LA Writers Boot Camp for Screenwriting. She has a passion for transporting readers into a great story and introducing them to characters who will make you laugh, cry and inspire. Authors who inspire Rebecca and Madelyn include: JK Rowling, Judy Blume, Charlotte Bronte, Sue Monk Kidd, and Kate DiCamillo.
Rebecca's career has spanned from on-air radio personality, television camera operator, script editor, assistant producer, and Human Resource professional at one of the leading trauma and research hospitals in the nation. She's also an advocate for patients and families on the Alzheimer's or dementia journey (www.alzwisc.org). She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI.org) and has presented writing workshops for all ages. Together, Rebecca and Madelyn have been featured at the South East Wisconsin Book Festival, the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival, the South West Wisconsin Book Festival and the Stateline Authors Event in Beloit. Rebecca served as as a Writing Instructor for University of Wisconsin – Madison, Continuing Studies, Adjunct Faculty for Madison College in Creative Writing and as Vice President of the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum (www.wiscreenwriterforum.org). When Rebecca isn't writing, she's thinking up new characters, singing in her car, looking for the next delicious donut shop, taking photos of everything, googling the next vacation spot and submitting reviews on TripAdvisor. She likes to write A LOT!! She resides in South Central Wisconsin with her husband, daughter, and rambunctious pup.
Madelyn and Rebecca signed their first publishing contract for Sara Jane is a Pain in March 2011. Madelyn was not quite 13 years old.