Mary Montague Sikes
Mary Montague Sikes is a writer, artist, photographer, and speaker. She has presented writing and art workshops and served as a panel speaker for various groups, including the Virginia Festival of the Book and Christopher Newport University�s Writers Conference.
Her award-winning feature articles and photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines including: the Miami Herald, Buffalo News, Newport News Daily Press, Southern Boating, BWIA Caribbean Beat, Venture Inward, and ASU Travel Guide.
Sikes� first novel, Hearts Across Forever, was a PRISM award finalist and won first place in the National Federation of Press Women 2002 Communications Contest. Reviewer Anne Edwards wrote, �Mary Montague Sikes uses her considerable talent to create a world of mystery and romance. . . . A terrific read that will keep you turning pages.�
Her nonfiction book, Hotels to Remember, was first place winner in the Virginia Press Women 2003 Communications Contest. �Part-memoir, part-travelogue, Hotels to Remember charms the reader at repeated sittings,� wrote Barbara Bell Matuszewski, Book Reviews Editor for the Pen Woman.
Sikes designed the covers for both Hotels to Remember and Hearts Across Forever and has designed covers for other books as well. A lover of art, she enjoys designing flyers and brochures to promote her writing and artwork.
Holder of a Master of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, she studied with New York artists Peter Saul, Jane Kaufman, and Diana Kurz, and California artists Robert Burridge, Elaine Harvey, and Raleigh Kinney.
Intrigued by the Arizona desert and the Indian secrets from ancient times locked in its sands, Sikes has created her next novel, Eagle Rising, and set it in one of her favorite locations. Another novel, Seas of Danger, situated on the Caribbean island of Antigua, is nearing completion.
When she isn�t writing or painting, Sikes enjoys traveling to faraway places, playing tennis, and participating in step aerobics classes. In her Virginia home, she and her husband, Olen, are surrounded by woods with a view of scenic marshland and a creek.