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Sharon Short

SHARON SHORT ( is the author of 12 published novels, most recently in her Kinship Historical Mystery series, which she writes under her pen name Jess Montgomery ( The Hollows is the most recent title in the series, published by Minotaur Books and inspired by Ohio’s true first female sheriff in 1925. Set in the Appalachian region, the series draws on themes of workers’ rights and women’s roles, and has garnered several awards, including a finalist for the Ohioana Book Awards in Fiction for 2020. Short is also the Literary Life columnist for Dayton Daily News, the director emeritus of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, and writes short fiction and essays.