Mary Montague Sikes is a native Virginian who grew up in the historic city of
in the shadow of Civil War battlefields near the boyhood home of George Washington. Motivated by her surroundings, she started writing and painting at an early age. In high school she developed a fascination for the works of Edgar Allen Poe and was inspired to write short stories. Always intrigued by far-away places, as an adult she began traveling and writing about her journeys to exotic locations. Her first novel, Hearts Across Forever, is set in Fredericksburg and relates to her interest in the legend of Rose Hall Great House. Using both her writing and her artistic skills, Monti wrote and illustrated a coffee table book, Hotels to Remember. Her publisher created the Passenger to Paradise series for her exotic destination books. Night Watch, set in Jamaica Trinidad, and Jungle Jeopardy, set among Maya Ruins of Central America, are the latest books in that series. Her novels Daddy's Christmas Angel and A Rainbow for Christmas are both sweet romances.
A professional artist with a MFA in painting, Monti teaches artist workshops and classes. Besides her interest in painting, she plays tennis, follows baseball, does step aerobics, and enjoys her family of three adult daughters. Monti and her husband now reside in a little
town situated on three rivers accessed by two beautiful new bridges. Virginia