Inspiration: the word “inspiration” comes from the Latin word inspīrāre, which means to breathe upon or into: in + to breathe (in + spīrāre) . It also means “to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence.” The original idea was that something outside of a person affected them in such a way that it left them somehow changed. That’s what I want to do with my writing, especially for kids. I want to influence them in a positive way that somehow leaves them changed.
I can’t do that, however, unless something also breathes into me. For The Bronze Dagger, the animating idea for the book came when I saw a dagger that looked almost exactly like the one I’m holding in this picture. I wanted to help students get more interested in the time period of Ancient Babylonia. I saw the dagger in an antiquities store and began to wonder what things the dagger had seen back in 1800 BC. Even now, just holding this bronze dagger from the time period and geographic location of Ancient Mesopotamia still inspires me!
When I was younger, I wrote stories that I dreamed. As I grew older, I dreamed of writing full-time. Now, I still write what I dream, but my dreams of writing full-time have become a reality! The Bronze Dagger, my middle grade fiction novel about a 12-year-old living in Ancient Mesopotamia, should come out within the next few months, thanks to the great people at Auntie M Children’s Books Publishing. I’m also in the final stages of completing my young adult manuscript about Scouts in Warsaw, Poland, during the German occupation of WWII. I love “getting into the skin” of my characters and seeing the world through their eyes. For sneak previews of these works, go to www.mariesontag.com.
The Bronze Dagger
A ten-year-old dream will soon become a reality! About ten years ago my husband and I obsessed (okay, only I obsessed) over a 3,000-year-old bronze dagger we saw at an antiquities store. Teaching 6th grade social studies at the time, I imagined showing my students the ancient dagger while teaching them about Ancient Mesopotamia. Then I wondered what stories the dagger could tell if I could only speak its language. That’s when I first began to dream about writing “The Bronze Dagger”. That dream will soon become a reality when Auntie M Children’s Book Publishing publishes my historical middle grade fiction novel, “The Bronze Dagger” within the next few months! Check back here, or my Webpage to find out the latest!