I love true stories told with the verve and passion of fiction.

And I love British literature and history.


Put those things together, and you get my two books of creative nonfiction.


My new book, An African in Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A.B.C. Merriman-Labor was published by Hurst Publishing in London on June 28, 2018 and will be available through Oxford University Press in the US in September 2018. Read more about An African in Imperial London.  

Danell Jones

Danell Jones and her husband Tim Lehman

I also wrote a quirky book for aspiring writers called The Virginia Woolf Writers’ Workshop: Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing and a chapbook of poetry inspired by the great Mojave entitled  Desert Elegy,

I’ve done lots of smaller projects, too–articles, book reviews, book chapters. I wrote an introduction to Woolf’s novel Jacob’s Room for Barnes and Noble, published an article on the Dreadnought Hoax, and contributed chapters to These Living Songs: Reading Montana Poets on Montana Poets Grace Stone Coates and Tami Haaland. A few years ago, I did a fun piece for Reflections West radio show about living in the stark, lonesome places of the West. Take a listen.


As an undergraduate, I studied literature and creative writing at the University of California, San Diego. Later, I moved to New York. where I earned a Ph.D. in British literature at Columbia University and was awarded a Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities and a Bennett Cerf Award for my work on Virginia Woolf.  I also had the good fortune to win the Jovanovich Prize for poetry from the University of Colorado. I have been a finalist for a few things, too, including the Breadloaf Poetry Prize and the PEN/Nelson Algren in Fiction.


Four Dances, Montana

Monks House Garden Gate

Currently, I teach part-time at Montana State University Billings and offer community classes through the wonderful Big Sky Writing Workshops.

I like to be involved with my community, so I serve on the Billings Public Library Foundation Board and the Montana Center for the Book Advisory Committee.