Mary Montague Sikes

Fall 2014 Newsletter


Writing Your Own Book


People often tell me, "I want to write a book." But they haven't done it, and they relay a long list of excuses I've heard many times before.

"Just do it," I want to say.

I think about Christine Dorsey, one of the first published authors I knew a few years ago. Christine had a full-time job teaching special ed. She didn't have much time to write, but with all her heart she longed to have a published book. So she got up early each morning and wrote from 4 to 7 a.m. before she left for school. Working all those extra hours, she became the author of many novels. She was an inspiration for many of us who were members of the Virginia Romance Writers.

Getting up early to write is a good plan for some authors. Others prefer working late into the night. If you truly want to write a book, you can. Just set your heart on writing and do it.

Creative inspiration often comes in the middle of the night. Keep a notebook by your bed and jot down those little gems of inspiration.

Memoirs are quite popular right now. That's a good place to start. Just do it.


Inspired by Art


I am working on a new book and have found inspiration from my art as I write. In fact, my heroine is an artist which gives me a lot of material without having to do much research. If you are interested, please visit my blog to see how a real life event inspired a scene in my story, Evening of the Dragonfly.

This year I am especially involved in art. Listed below are some of my gallery events as well as locations of some of the workshops I'm teaching. Please contact me directly for more information.




My Art Gallery Events


Pastel Society of Virginia

For Art's Sake Gallery

Richmond VA

September 2 to 26, 2014

Please come to the opening reception, Friday, Sept. 5, 5 to 8 p.m., For Art's Sake Gallery, Gayton Crossing Shopping Center.


Newtown Art Gallery

5140 Main Street

Williamsburg VA

I am a visiting artist, September thru November 2014.

Opening Event with entertainment from the musical, "Cats"

Saturday, Sept. 6, 5 to 8 p.m.

Please join us for this free event.


Ward Center for Contemporary Art

132 N. Sycamore St.

Petersburg VA

Visiting Artist, November thru January 2014


Crossroads Art Center

2016 Staples Mill Road

Richmond VA

Resident Artist, Open House, Sept. 19, 6 to 9 p.m.


My Art Workshops


Hilton Head SC in Sept.

Gloucester Arts on the Main, Gloucester VA in Oct.

Arts Alive, West Point VA in Dec.

Contact  for more information.


Have a great fall season, everyone!


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