Welcome to the official website for author Jess Montgomery, who writes gripping historical mysteries featuring strong female leads and compelling themes just as relevant today.


About Jess

Jess writes the Kinship series set in 1920s’ Appalachian Ohio. She has won awards for her writing from the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District (Ohio) and the Ohio Arts Council. Jess also directs a writers’ workshop, teaches creative writing, and speaks frequently at writers’ workshops and conferences. To get to know Jess a bit better, read her letter to readers or her official bio.

A few Jess facts:

  • Enjoys hiking; has absolutely no sense of direction.
  • Finds bats adorable; is terrified of mice.
  • Loves tacos; allergic to avocados and thus guacamole.
  • Is not in the least afraid of public speaking; terrified of (besides mice) rip tides, swinging bridges, and open-air heights in general.
  • Favorite beverages: coffee, sweet tea, and occasionally whiskey on the rocks or an Old Fashioned
  • Once flew a plane without any formal training.
  • Makes pies for family and friends.
Author Jess Montgomery

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The third novel in the Kinship series, The Stills, is now available!

The Hollows (Book #2) was named one of Chicago Sun-Times “Books Not To Miss.”

The Widows (Book #1) was an Ohioana Book Award fiction finalist and a best novel on many lists!

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