Margo’s New Book Release and Her Writing Process

1655060_10202352586313888_1471055173_oSandwich Lady, here (AKA Margo L. Dill). I am happy to participate in The Writing Process blog tour AND reveal the book cover and release of my latest novel, Caught Between Two Curses (young adult, light paranormal, baseball novel).  So, here’s my book cover (obviously) and here’s the info below about The Writing Process.

Thank you to Julia Platt Leonard who invited me to answer these four questions about my writing process. Julia is the author of a very exciting middle-grade novel (perfect for boys who love action!), Cold Case. If you’re wondering if Julia is writing a sequel and how she goes about writing books, check out her post here.

Question 1: What are you working on?

Besides all the marketing that comes with a new book coming out (March 18–Caught Between Two Curses will be here!), I am writing a YA novel about a community shooting, and I am trying to find an agent. . .I have a middle-grade novel, humorous mystery about a boy who has a trophy stolen,that I have finished and am hoping to snag an agent with. I would also like to write another book about a curse and create a series, so I’ve been researching some curses.

Question 2: How does your work differ from others in its genre?

Great question! I’ll focus on my current release. Caught Between Two Curses, which is light paranormal young adult chic lit, is different because I recognize the fact that girls like sports or can learn to like sports as much as boys. I also take a bit of real history (the Chicago Cubs Curse of the Billy Goat) and add some made-up paranormal elements (a family curse) to create a fun, sometimes tension-filled, humorous look at one summer of a teenage girl’s life. ALSO, my teenagers are pretty clean–that doesn’t mean they aren’t real–but they aren’t doing drugs, being crappy to their friends, stealing cars, breaking into casinos, etc. This is a book I would let my daughter read WHEN she’s a teen!

Question 3: Why do I write what I do?

I am a bit all over the place in what I write. Finding My Place: One Girl’s Strength at Vicksburg is a historical fiction novel set in the U.S. Civil War. Caught Between Two Curses is a contemporary novel set in Chicago, IL. So. . .I just write the story that’s in my mind at the time. I hope that it entertains readers and touches people in some way. Mostly, I write the type of books I liked to read when I was young–and still do!

Question 4: How does your writing process work?

I’ve never had a set schedule because it seems like life just haven’t allowed me to do this. What I try to do is set goals–like I’ve done a version of NaNoWriMo to get novels started and mostly completed the last two years. I have a critique group whom I try to turn sections in to each month. Then I write when I get a chance. I am best in the morning, but I also stay home with my 3-year-old, so mornings aren’t always available. I usually have some idea where the story is going, but I don’t outline. I keep track of characters and plot developments and upcoming ideas using OneNote, and it has been working great to keep me on track!

Who else is participating?

I’m lucky enough that I have two wonderful bloggers who have agreed to keep The Writing Process blog tour going!

Cathy C. Hall is a humor and children’s writer. She is also a fellow team member at WOW! Women On Writing. Cathy has a clever and cute blog at

Donna Volkenannt is the first-place winner of the 2012 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Writing Award and has hundreds of published stories, reviews, essays, poems, articles, and contest wins. She has a wonderful blog, full of information for writers and readers at Donna’s Book Pub.

Donna and Cathy will blog about their writing process next Monday!



  • Hi Margo, This sounds like a good teen lit book that has a little of everything! Looking forward to hearing more. It’s nice your teens are not doing bad things. (I prefer MG to YA for that reason. I don’t want to deal with teen problems in books I read when I have to live with it daily, he he.) Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks, Penelope. :) I do have a “bad guy” in there–well, maybe he’s just misunderstood. And there’s a lot of teenage angst, but it’s not dark or edgy, just REAL. :)

  • Sandwich Lady, I’m so proud of you especially because I got to help critique Caught Between Two Curses. The way you manage to write so much and such a variety of things while staying home with your three-year-old is truly an inspiration :) PS–I have never heard of OneNote…what’s that?

    • One Note comes with many Microsoft Office programs, and it is like an online binder. It has all sorts of features, which I learned about at a workshop with Janet Cannon (MWG newsletter) but I don’t use much. I just use it to store my BIBLE. :) You might have it and not even realize it.

      Thank you for all your help with Caught Between Two Curses. I don’t think it would be published if it wasn’t for you and your great advice.

  • Hi Margo,

    You are one of the hardest working and most dedicated writers I know, and your writing process is a lot like mine. It’s not easy to set and keep to a schedule, and I agree setting manageable goals is much easier.

    I’m excited about your new book. It sounds like another great one!

    • Donna:
      Thanks for stopping by and it’s good to hear another successful writer, such as yourself, doesn’t have a regular routine either. :) LOL Thank you also for participating in the writing process posts!

  • Hmmm…OneNote. I might check that out, though it sort of implies one might write something only once–and I write the same thing over and over and over again! :-)

    • I think the name is supposed to reassure you that you need NO OTHER tool for organization. HA!

  • Oh Margo congrats on the book! You DO have a great team going. I loved reading about your process too. How you find the time with a little one is amazing.

  • Hi Margo!

    I didn’t realize you had a new release out. It’s right up my alley – baseball! I love clean teen reads, so I’ll definitely check out your book. Congratulations!

  • Margo, where is your book being sold?

    • Thanks, Suzanne. It is going to be on Amazon next week, when it is officially released and other online outlets, too. You can preorder right now from Rocking Horse Publishing if you want. That is: and click on New Release. :)

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