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JESS MONTGOMERY is the author of the Kinship Historical Mystery series, focusing on a 1920s female sheriff in Appalachia. You can find out more about her books at her website, www.jessmontgomeryauthor.com, or reach her on Facebook @JessMontgomeryAuthor, Twitter @JessM_Author and Instagram @JessMontgomeryAuthor.

Under Jess's given name, she is a newspaper columnist, focusing on the literary life, authors and events of her native Dayton, Ohio for the Dayton Daily News. Her first novel in the Kinship Historical Mystery series, THE WIDOWS, garnered awards even before publication: Montgomery County (Ohio) Arts & Cultural District (MCAD) Artist Opportunity Grant (2018); Individual Excellence Award (2016) in Literary Arts from Ohio Arts Council
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Jess Montgomery First, read! Read books that inspire, captivate and challenge you. Read books outside of your comfort zone. Of course you should read in the genre you…moreFirst, read! Read books that inspire, captivate and challenge you. Read books outside of your comfort zone. Of course you should read in the genre you wish to write, but also read outside your genre.

Learn all you can about the craft of writing before you concern yourself with learning about how to get published. Resources abound for learning about the craft. Attend authors' book events and listen carefully to what the authors have to say about their own process. You'll always learn something. I still do! Read books on creative writing craft, and read magazines on creative writing craft--Writer's Digest, The Writer, Poets & Writers. If you can afford the expenses or time, attend writers' workshops or conferences. Invest in learning your craft!

Write on a routine schedule. You don't necessarily have to write every day, or the exact same time every day, but getting into as much of a routine as possible will really help you get into the rhythm of writing. If you can only write a half hour, or twenty minutes, or ten minutes on a particular day, that's fine. Take that time and write!

When you're writing, try as much as possible to let go and let the words flow--don't pause every few sentences to critique your work. Just get the words down in a raw, rough draft. You can't revise what isn't written.

But do know that real writing is re-writing. You might end up keeping only 10 percent of your original raw, rough draft. That is fine! Revise, revise, revise.

Develop a community of writers. Community is so important! Find a few trusted readers with whom to share your work. Listen for constructive feedback. Provide that as well to a few fellow writers.

If you get feedback from a professional--an agent, a published writer, an editor--listen closely and carefully. Be coachable! It's essential to growing in your craft as a writer.

When you are ready to submit your work, recognize the reality that you will receive many, many rejections before you receive an acceptance. Remember that it is this particular piece of work that is being rejected (or accepted)--not you as an individual, or your overall potential or merit as a writer.

And never give up!
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THE WIDOWS, my first novel in my Kinship Historical Mystery series, is set in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio in 1925—and I couldn’t have written it without music.


By that I mean both music to keep me energized while writing, and music as part of the story.


Music Energizes Writing

I can’t write to music with lyrics; I get too distracted by the words and stop writing my own! So I rely on acoustic...

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“Life is hard. Have tea.”
Jess Montgomery, The Widows

“Soon so many people are packed standing-room-only in the tiny church that their body heat brings forth the smell of their lives from deep within their own flesh; their body heat coaxes from wooden pews and leather Bibles smells of other sinners and mourners who've gathered there time and again.”
Jess Montgomery, The Widows

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