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Tea with Jess: Chatting with Authors & Artists

Jess Montgomery

Thank you for joining me, author Jess Montgomery, for afternoon tea breaks as I chat with authors and artists about inspiration, creative process, motivation, connecting with audiences, and more. Every other week, I chat with authors and artists about their work, process, insights, techniques, challenges and more. I find these chats inspiring and refreshing for my own creative work, and share these chats with you in the hope that if you are also a creator, you'll find inspiration and ideas in these chats, wherever you are in your creative journey. And if you're a fan of the arts, I hope you'll find these behind-the-scenes chats interesting and informative. Enjoy the show!

Chatting with Meredith Doench, Author of "Whereabouts Unknown"
Feb 12 2022
Chatting with Meredith Doench, Author of "Whereabouts Unknown"
In this episode, I take a tea break to chat with author Meredith Doench about her newest book, "Whereabouts Unknown." It's also her first standalone thriller, so we talk about making the transition from series books to a standalone, her inspiration for the novel, how she does research and selects themes, and more.I first met Meredith through the Dayton, Ohio writing community and now serve with her on the board of the Midwest Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (MWA). She's always interesting to talk with, and I know you'll discover that too as you listen in on our chat!Meredith is the author of the Luce Hansen Thriller Series from Bold Strokes Books. Crossed, the first in the series, was published in August of 2015 and was the runner-up for the 2015 IndieFab Awards in the Mystery Genre. The next two in the series are  Forsaken Trust and Deadeye, both of which were mystery/thriller Goldie Award finalists in their respective years from Golden Crown Literary Society.    Whereabouts Unknown, Doench’s fourth thriller and stand alone novel, will release in March 1 2022 available from publisher Bold Strokes Books and becomes available March 15 from all retailers.In addition to her work on the MWA Midwest chapter board, Meredith is a member of Golden Crown Literary Society and Sisters in Crime. Meredith lives in Dayton, Ohio where she is a senior lecturer of creative writing, literature, and composition at the University of Dayton.Learn more about Meredith at Don’t miss an episode of Tea with Jess! Subscribe via your favorite podcast App.WANT BONUS CONTENT, GIVEAWAYS, AND UPDATES FROM ME? SUBSCRIBE TO MY FREE E-NEWSLETTER BY CLICKING HERE!
Tea with Jess: Chatting with Herbert Woodward Martin, Poet and Librettist
Oct 20 2021
Tea with Jess: Chatting with Herbert Woodward Martin, Poet and Librettist
In this episode, I chat with Herbert Woodward Martin, renowned poet and librettist. He shares his wisdom, ("gamble with words!"), what he learned from THE Edward Albee (!!), and his answer to my question that he says no one has ever asked him before!Herbert is the author of multiple collections of poetry including Sometimes Say My Name, the Shape of Regret, Inscribing My Name, and others, and is a scholar and interpreter of Paul Laurence Dunbar. His Dayton TedX talk provides additional insight into his work.After earning degrees at University of Toledo and Breadloaf School of English, teaching at Aquinas College in Michigan, and publishing his first book of poetry, Martin became poet-in-residence and assistant professor at University of Dayton in 1970. Since then, Martin earned a Doctorate of Arts at Carnegie-Mellon University, published numerous volumes of his own poetry, has become a scholar on Dunbar and other, and has won accolades including a Fulbright Scholarship, the Ohio Governor’s Award for an individual artist, an honorary PhD from the University of Dayton, and many others. His most recent collections are “Sometimes Say My Name” and “The Shape of Regret.”Herbert also has a successful career as a librettist, working with American composers such as Adolphus Hailstork on an opera, “Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground.” He composed the text for “Nobody Know,” a concert aria by Hailstork and commissioned by The Harlem Chamber Players to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first Africans brought to America as slaves and premiered by the Players in February 2019.Most recently, he wrote the text for “TULSA 1921,” about the Tulsa, Oklahoma massacre of Black Americans in the Greenwood District of Tulsa.WANT BONUS CONTENT, GIVEAWAYS,AND UPDATES? SUBSCRIBE TO MY FREE E-NEWSLETTER BY CLICKING HERE (AND GET EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT FROM MY FIRST NOVEL IN THE KINSHIP SERIES)!
Erin Flanagan, Author of "Deer Season"
Oct 6 2021
Erin Flanagan, Author of "Deer Season"
I first met Erin Flanagan through our mutual involvement in a writers' workshop. I was struck by her devotion to the writing community, and then quickly became a fan of her ability to create literary gems out of human foibles in her two short story collections–The Usual Mistakes and It’s Not Going to Kill You and Other Stories.Just as amazing is her debut novel, Deer Season, which examines relationships and what we will do to protect those we love, in a small town setting that rings so very true. This novel and her story collections are all published by The University of Nebraska Press in their Flyover Fiction series.  Erin Flanagan’s next novel, the thriller Blackout, is forthcoming in fall 2022 with Thomas & Mercer. Erin has held fellowships to Yaddo, MacDowell, The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, UCross, and The Vermont Studio Center. She contributes regular book reviews to Publishers Weekly and other venues. She is an English professor at Wright State University--my alma mater. Go Raiders!Erin joins me on Tea with Jess to talk about the importance of writing realistic small town and rural settings without either pandering or idealizing, the similarities and differences in writing short fiction versus longer forms, whether the 1980s count as historic in fiction, and setting goals as an artist even when motivation is a challenge. Learn more about Erin at her website: BONUS CONTENT, GIVEAWAYS,AND UPDATES? SUBSCRIBE TO MY FREE E-NEWSLETTER BY CLICKING HERE (AND GET EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT FROM MY FIRST NOVEL IN THE KINSHIP SERIES)!
Hank Phillippi Ryan, Author of "Her Perfect Life"
Sep 24 2021
Hank Phillippi Ryan, Author of "Her Perfect Life"
Hank Phillippi Ryan is  the USA Today best-selling author of 13 thrillers, including most recently, "Her Perfect Life," receiving starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, which called it “a superlative thriller.” In this episode of "Tea with Jess," Hank and I chat about the themes behind her newest thriller as well as her body of work as a novelist. Our conversation also delves into the pressure, and price, of the perception of perfection that seems to be required of public figures. And of course, we give ourselves over to word-nerd revelry, with a whole hearted discussion of the pros and cons of pre-planning creative work versus following inspiration. A bit more about Hank: she’s won the most prestigious awards in the mystery genre, including five Agathas, four Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. And she is an on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, with 37 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. As a reader, I’ve certainly been kept on the edge of my seat by the superb suspense plotting which is a hallmark of Hank’s books, including “Her Perfect Life.” And as a writer, I've been riveted by her insights when attending several presentations, and deeply admire Hank for the myriad ways in which she lifts up fellow authors and readers, including through the Jungle Reds blog, Career Authors website, the Back Room zoom book discussion gathering which she co-hosts with Karen Dionne, First Chapter Fun Instagram and Facebook group which she co-hosts with Hannah Mary McKinnon, who has also been a guest on Tea with Jess, and most recently, as the regular host of  A Mighty Mystery on A Mighty Blaze.I hope you enjoy listening into our tea break chat, and please check out Hank's website for more details about her superb career, her books, upcoming events, and more. hankphillippiryan.comWANT BONUS CONTENT, GIVEAWAYS,AND UPDATES? SUBSCRIBE TO JESS'S FREE E-NEWSLETTER BY CLICKING HERE (AND GET EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT FROM THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE KINSHIP SERIES)!