You just lost your job. You just got divorced and lost it all. You have two kids in college. Your Chase bank app lets you know that you are $19.46 from complete despair. Suddenly your phone rings and it's the IRS. "Due to overpayment for the last 15 years, you will be receiving a check for $80,000!" That's the sense of relief and astonishment I felt when I met Monty.
Meet the Head Staff Writer for Denver North City Lifestyle, Monty Montgomery. Let me preface this by saying that I am not a writer, which is why he is so invaluable. I am going to attempt to write this because this man means more to us than he could ever know.
After vetting several subpar writers for my first publication Arvada Lifestyle, I received a call from the writing guru himself. I had no idea the impact that was to become from that conversation. Monty Montgomery, a former speech consultant at California State, and now a professional freelance writer, had no idea that I was about to offer him $25 for every story he would write. When I told him, he was very impressed. Let's be real, he was not. After an extensive conversation I convinced him of the dream that was Arvada Lifestyle. I am still not sure how. Don't worry everyone, I started paying him more, not much though...*nervous laugh*.
After writing several engaging stories for the Arvada publication, he flew to Denver for the publication launch party. I was so excited to meet the man behind the writing that I rewarded him with a car accident right after I picked him up from the airport. What an impression I made.
Monty, in addition to writing for Arvada, also took on the task of heading up this new project, Denver North City Lifestyle. On top of his full time job, he's the ultimate professional. He is never on time though; he is ALWAYS early. He goes out of his way to continually exceed my expectations by leaps and bounds. He takes the time to understand the people in our community and what makes them special. He has a magical talent for taking simple words and phrases and weaving them into a mental journey that immerses you in their world.
Thank you Monty for allowing us all to experience the world that you bring to life. Thank you for sacrificing your time. Thank you for giving life to what otherwise would just be words on a page. Thank you for being my partner in this endeavor. Thank you for being my friend. Most of all, I thank you for sacrificing your breath to bring life to the pages of Denver North.