Monica Chenault-Kilgore

MONICA CHENAULT-KILGORE writes about the rhythms of African American life, love, jazz, blues, resistance, and resilience during the turbulent 1930’s through early ‘40’s. Her forthcoming debut novel ALL FLY HOME (Graydon House/HarperCollins) is a historical women’s fiction novel that follows characters living though life punctuated by the shifting racial climate during this historic period.

Born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio, Monica currently resides in Edison, New Jersey. A graduate of The Ohio State University School of Journalism, she has written two booklets entitled, Liberty and Justice for All…Profiles of Middlesex County African American Veterans of WWII and the Korean War for the New Jersey State Historical Commission and Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Interviewing Veterans sparked her interest in the period and accelerated her desire to complete her first novel.

When not writing, she enjoys relaxing with her wonderful husband, son, and a very spoiled cat, with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, or something a little stronger, while listening to all sorts of jazz and, of course, show tunes.