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I'm a writer. I want to be a published author. The last year and a half of my life has been dedicated to making the second statement happen. Sounds good, right? I have the luxury of staying home with my kids so it was relatively easy to announce I was becoming a full time writer. "This is my job," I [...]


Welcome to, your peek into the writing life of Denise Grover Swank and her soon to be award winning novels; Chosen, Hunted, and Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes. Kick off your shoes and have fun exploring the new website. Stay tuned for lots of new changes!  


In my previous post, I mentioned that I picked up a WIP I had started this summer and temporarily abandoned to write another manuscript, TWENTY-EIGHT AND A HALF WISHES. Last week I revisited HUNTED. Frankly, I expected a complete rewrite with the exception of the first chapter. But when I read, I realized some of the scenes just needed tweaking-- [...]

Hi, I'm Denise and I'm a Pantser

I'm gonna confess right up front that's not entirely true. It's a huge debate, a line drawn in the sand. It's like a team rivalry -- are you a MU or a KU fan? (Sorry, I'm from Kansas City, it's a HUGE deal here) I've noticed the same thing with writers. Which are you? A Pantser or a Plotter? And [...]

Theme Song for Rose

When I wrote Chosen, I had songs that related to different chapters and scenes, but with Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, I didn't have the same experience. I'm sure it's partially because it just tumbled out so quickly. Or maybe it's because TEHW is a different kind of book, lighter and quirkier. I listened to a lot of Evans Blue [...]