After many years of moving between Arizona and Montana, Kalli Deschamps has made a permanent move to southern Arizona. Her life as a teacher and professional artist has prepared her to chronicle life in the contemporary west. The characters in her novels reflect the joys and frustrations of today’s rural residents as they strive to cope with the needs and wants of an increasingly urban population.
At trip to Montana during her sixteenth summer was the beginning of a love affair with the state she has never lost. It’s reflected in her education (MSU in Bozeman and U of M in Missoula), her marriage to a Montanan, and her subsequent careers. Montana is also home to her family: three married children, twin great-granddaughters, and one of her four grandchildren.