Dede Montgomery is a 6th generation Oregonian. She explores the jumbled path of forgiveness, reconciliation, courage and gratitude in her memoir, My Music Man (Bedazzled Ink Publishing, 2017). Dede’s novel Beyond the Ripples was released in 2019. Dede was a 2019 Oregon State Capitol Foundation Speaker Series presenter, sharing My Music Man stories on Oregon’s February 14 Birthday. Then, Now, and In-Between: Place, Memories, and Loss in Oregon is non-fiction “blog to book” (2020). Her newest work, Humanity’s Grace (Bedazzled Ink, 2022), is a linked short story collection or “novel in stories.” During the day, Dede works on worker safety, health and well-being.
As to other important stuff? Dede lives with her spouse in West Linn where she explores the banks and ripples of the Willamette River. She grew up with four brothers who both skew and enhance her outlook in life. She was a competitive athlete who now prefers long solo walks and paddles, and sneaks in as many minutes as she can to read and write, and spend time with her grown daughters.