Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Margo Dill is today's guest author at Write What Inspires You!

I'm pleased to welcome Margo Dill as my guest author today at Write What Inspires! This is a terrific way to get me back into the groove of blogging and hosting regularly. Welcome Margo…

What Inspires Me by Margo L. Dill

Trying to figure out what inspires me to write is somewhat difficult. I tell people I write because I have to. It makes me happy. I now can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s hard to remember my life before I dedicated it to writing. (I think I used to have a lot more free time.) But what inspires me to write?

I really believe it’s the ideas that pop into my head and will not let go. That’s what happened with Caught Between Two Curses, my new contemporary YA novel. I have always wondered WHY some people survived accidents and tragedies and others didn’t. Then I heard two news stories in 2003—one about a Cubs fan that interfered with a foul ball and the other about a toddler that was the only survivor of a car crash—and I realized this question, this idea, is not letting me go. So, I was inspired and I wrote the novel.

The same thing happened with Finding My Place—I read one paragraph in a fifth grade social studies book about the Siege of Vicksburg and people doing anything to survive, including eating rats and living in man-made caves, and I had to know more. An idea seed was planted, and it wouldn’t let go until I nurtured it into a mature plant—a novel.

I am currently working on two novels—both are also ideas I couldn’t let go. One started as a short story, and it begged me to write a full-length novel for 9 to 12 year olds. The other novel, another YA, was inspired from a terrible tragedy that  killed a beloved high school friend—a community building shooting in Kirkwood, MO in 2008.

So what inspires me? I would say life—exploring interesting and sometimes heartbreaking questions that give me ideas that won’t let go and beg to be written.

Margo’s bio: Margo L. Dill is a children's author, freelance editor, and workshop leader, living in St. Louis, MO. She is the author of the YA book, Caught Between Two Curses, and also the author of the historical fiction, middle-grade novel, Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg (White Mane Kids, 2012) and the forthcoming picture books, Maggie Mae, Detective Extraordinaire and the Case of the Missing Cookies and Lucy and the Red Ribbon Week Adventure. Caught Between Two Curses is her first young adult novel. She promises that she is a Cardinals' fan at heart, but the Billy Goat curse on the Chicago Cubs is too irresistible for a plot line. You can find her blogging on Tuesdays at  and more about her work at

Margo, it's been a pleasure hosting you the last two days during your virtual book tour! Wishing you the very best! 


Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author

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  1. Thank you, Donna! You made me really think with this topic! And good luck getting back into the swing of things with your blog. I know it is not always easy. TRUST ME! :)

    1. Hi Margo,

      Delighted to host you today. I'm always intrigued to learn what inspires fellow writers. Terrific post! Good luck with your W-I-P's.



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