Dede Montgomery is a 6th generation Oregonian whose family ties have instilled in her a deep connection to the land, and curiosity about life in early Oregon and the stories, good and bad, that lay there. In her 2017 memoir, My Music Man (Bedazzled Ink Publishing) Dede explores the jumbled path of forgiveness, reconciliation, courage and gratitude, through the memories and stories stirred after her father’s death. 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. Dede’s 2020 non-fiction release was Then, Now, and In-Between: Place, Memories, and Loss in Oregon. Her newest work, a collection of linked short stories, Humanity’s Grace, will be released in January 2022.
During the day (except when she escapes to scribble new writing ideas), Dede works at Oregon Health & Science University in worker safety, health and well-being research and education. She also manages the blog, Oregon and the Workplace.
Dede lives with her husband in West Linn, Oregon where she is active with the West Linn Historical Society, and never tires of exploring the banks and ripples of the Willamette River.