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Nancy Hayes Kilgore is a writer, psychotherapist, and former parish pastor.

Writer: Winner of the 2016 Vermont Writers Prize, she is the author of two novels, Wild Mountain (Green Writers Press, 2017) and Sea Level ( RCWMS, 2011), a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year. Nancy has published in the anthology Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s and 70s, in literary journals, and as a Vermont Public Radio Commentator.

Psychotherapist/Minister: Now focusing on writing groups integrating spirituality. See Events.

Nancy is also a writing coach. See Coaching for Writers.




See Nancy’s essay, In Search of Isobel, on her journey to Scotland to research her novel-in-progress about a 17th century Scottish witch trial, in  The Bottle Imp

BITTER MAGIC, is a finalist in the 2018 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Novel-in-Progess Award!


from reviews of Wild Mountain: 

A review in the Bennington Banner.

Vermont Book of the Month on Bill Schubart’s News from Magic Hill

“Kilgore weaves a tight tale about the complications of a community at odds….Wild Mountain is a quiet, beautiful novel full of sensuous descriptions of rural Vermont and the lives of those who reside there….The book’s central problem—our inability to communicate and understand—is what makes this book’s central message so relevant today.”  —Lambda Literary.org

“Nancy Kilgore skillfully peels away the layers of what might otherwise be a quaint town in Vermont. She has keen insight into human strength and frailty and unleashes a cauldron of history, magic, secrets, petty politics flavored with the Freedom to Marry bill, and love. A fine book by a talented writer.”                                – Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author of  The Tiger in the House.

“This warm-hearted and compulsively readable love story is the perfect accompaniment for a summer afternoon or a cozy winter night beside the woodstove. With its wry good humor, deftly painted characters, and vivid rural settings, Wild Mountain captures the essence of life in small-town Vermont.”                                      – Tim Weed, author of A Field Guide to Murder and Fly Fishing

More reviews on the  Wild Mountain page



Listen on Shelagh Shapiro’s popular radio show  Write the Book

Read on Deborah Kalb’s blog: Book Q&A with Deborah Kalb

Read an interview with Kim Church on Fiction Writers Review