Yvonne Spence is author of Drawings in Sand, a novel about a mother in recovery, and of a short story collection: Looking For America. Her short stories and personal essays have been published in anthologies and magazines and one short story was a prize-winner in a She Magazine contest. Yvonne has an MA in Creative Writing, which she was working towards when her second daughter was born prematurely. In 2015 Yvonne instigated the blogging initiative 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion, which unites bloggers worldwide to write about compassion. She lives in the UK with her husband and teenage daughters.