Tea with Jess: Chatting with Authors & Artists

Tea with Jess: Chatting with Authors & Artists

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!

Episodes

April 9, 2022 22 min

In this episode, I chat with Hannah Mary McKinnon about her newest thriller, "Never Coming Home," which releases May 24, 2022.

Learn more about Hannah at: https://hannahmarymckinnon.com/

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In this episode of Tea with Jess, I chat with John Scalzi, a New York Times best seller in fiction. His first published series novel, "Old Man's War," was a Hugo Award for best novel Nominee, ranked #1 on the Locus Online reader poll, and is listed on the NPR.com reader poll of the Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Book/Series.

Since then awards won include the Hugo, the Locus, the Audie, among others, and John is the ...

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C.L. Pauwels (aka, my friend Cyndi) and I chat about her newest novel, "Unwelcome Ties," what it's like to write a "prequel," in this case a novel that includes a character who is the main character in novels C.L. has already published ("Forty and Out" and "Burned Bridges"), staying connected and motivated as a writer in the best of times and the pandemic of times.

I first met C.L. as one of her m...

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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 M...

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Christina Consolino is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in multiple online and print outlets. Her debut novel, Rewrite the Stars, was named one of ten finalists for the Ohio Writers' Association Great Novel Contest 2020.

I first met Christina through the Antioch Writers' Workshop, where she served as a member of the Board of Directors, and I served as Director of the workshop. I quickly came to appreciate Christin...

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Katrina Kittle is the author of four books for adults—"Traveling Light," "Two Truths and a Lie," "The Kindness of Strangers," and "The Blessings of the Animals"— and one novel for tweens, "Reasons to Be Happy. "

"The Kindness of Strangers" was the winner of the 2006 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction. Katrina teaches creative writing workshops for all ages, focusing on craft and motiva...

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I had the honor of reading Kimi Cunningham Grant's novel, "These Silent Woods," before its publication and blurbing it. The novel is beautifully evocative and quietly yet powerfully suspenseful.

So I was quite excited to chat with Kimi about her novel, her inspiration and her writing process. We talk about our love of nature and how we find it both restorative and empowering, the writing life, encouragement for writers, ...

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In this episode, I take a tea break and chat with Karen Odden, Author of "Down a Dark River," set in 1870s London, and introducing Inspector  Michael Corravan, who must investigate when a deceased young woman is found in a small boat floating down the Thames River.

Karen and I chat about the joys and challenges (and rabbit holes) of researching historical fiction, what drew her to the era she writes about, creative challenge...

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During my tea break with Eliot Parker, we talk about his newest mystery novel, "A Final Call," and about:

  • why he writes mystery novels
  • why he  writes short stories
  • the challenges, differences and similarities of the two forms
  • his Cleveland setting for this novel
  • how he juggles writing with being a professor
  • and other tips for writers
  • In addition to "A Final Call," Eliot Parker is the author of five novels: Breakdown at Cle...

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    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...

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    October 6, 2021 30 min

    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 p...

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    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...

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    Mariah Fredericks is the author of the lady's maid Jane Prescott mystery series set in the Gilded Age in New York City.  Her newest entry in the series, "Death of a Showman," was listed on NPR's Weekend Edition's "Four Fabulous Beach Reads." How cool is that?

    In "Death of a Showman,"  it's the summer of 1914 and Jane learns that her old dancing partner, Leo Hirschfeld, has married a chorus gir...

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    Tiffany Yates Martin is, I must say, is an editing genius. Her insights into editing and revision--specifically, how these practices can shape a first draft from a lump of clay into a unique and compelling sculpture--and career changing for writers.

    How do I know? Tiffany helped me take the first draft of THE WIDOWS to  the next level, and I am still (and will always) apply the lessons I learned from working with her to my writing.

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    I can think of at least a million reasons for why you'll love "A Million Reasons Why," author Jessica Strawser's newest dynamic domestic thriller, as well as our chat about her creative process behind the novel.

    1. "A Million Reasons Why" is edge-of-the-seat...
    2. ...character-driven...
    3. ...domestic suspense.
    4. Jessica is compelling...
    5. ...funny...
    6. ...charming...
    7. ...smart...
    8. ...honest...

    Well, you get ...

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    Heather Webber is one of the most prolific and delightful writers I know. (Full disclosure: she is also one of my best friends.)

    As Heather Webber, she's written two mystery series: The Nina Quinn Mysteries, featuring a landscape designer, and The Lucy Valentine series featuring a matchmaker with a unique twist; Lucy matches up people and their lost objects. As Heather Blake, she's written two additional mystery series: the ...

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    In this episode, I chat with Jyotsna Sreenivasan about her newest book, a collection of short stories and a novella, "These Americans." Jyotsna is also the author of the novel, "And Laughter Fell From The Sky."

    In her newest collection, she explores through fiction the experience of second generation Indian-American women, from birth through later in life, in a Midwestern setting.  

    We chat about how second-generation...

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    In this episode, I chat with Ron Rollins, an Action, Abstract, and Gestural Painter. (He also happens to be my former newspaper editor!)  We talk about what inspires his art, what drew him to his particular style of painting, childhood and other influences, and tip he has for creating--and appreciating--art of all styles. 

    Learn more about Ron and his art at http://www.rollinsart.org/

    Note: Ron cites several artists whose work influe...

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    In this episode, I chat with author Hannah Mary McKinnon about her newest thriller, "You Will Remember Me," which explores what happens when a man who wakes up on a beach in Maryland in only his swim trunks, a gash on his head, and no memory of what happened or his past. Meanwhile, a woman wonders why her fiance hasn't come back from a simple errand, and another woman searches for her missing step-brother. How are these...

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