All posts by C.A. Simonson

C.A. (Candy) Simonson writes fiction and nonfiction short stories, articles and books. She has over 400 publications in national magazines, newspapers, and other tabloids. Her award-winning short stories have appeared in seven anthologies. The Journey Home trilogy, "Love's Journey Home," "Love Looks Back," and "Love's Amazing Grace," are Christian family drama/adventure/romance/mystery, based on true events. She has also put together an anthology of 56 short stories written in 26 sentences from A-Z in "A Quick Read." A children's speller/story coloring book was released in April 2017 featuring artwork and stories. A devotional with over 100 inspirational stories and poems is scheduled to be released in June 2017. Copies are available in paperback and digital format on Amazon, KOBO, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble. When she is not writing, she is painting, crafting, or fishing.

NOM de PLUME – What’s in a Name?

Many have written under a pen name for many different reasons.

Springfield Writers' Guild

Ellery Queen ELLERY QUEEN – Photo: Al Aumuller, Library of Congress

Why would any author want to write behind a fake name? Isn’t getting your name well known the whole point of becoming an author? One of the most common reasons may be because their earlier work(s) failed, says Writers’ Digest.

However, some famous authors have written under one or more pseudonyms. Mark Twain comes to mind. This name is perhaps more famous than his real name, Samuel Clemons. J.K. Rowling said choosing a pen name was liberating to her writing as there was no hype nor expectations that way.

Test Your Author Knowledge

These are pseudonyms. Do you know their given name?

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Ozarks Indie Book Fest

Sale on Two-day tickets!

Next week, October 19-22, the first-ever book festival for independent authors will be held in downtown Springfield, MO. Authors from all over the state of Missouri plus adjacent states will be present with their books. If you are a reader, here is your chance to peruse every kind of genre and get a great price on new books for your winter read! I am excited to be one of the exhibitors along with many other Springfield authors.

Noted authors as keynote speakers, author-signings, and panel workshops are scheduled throughout the four-day event. 


Originally priced at $35, tickets are now $20 through Friday, October 13th

Go to  Eventbrite Page: and use the code oibf2017

For only $20, you get two days of events, PLUS:

A t-shirt, a swag bag full of goodies from authors, entry into the Panels and Key Notes, an entry into the VIP Author Dinner Lottery, the Awards Ceremony and After Party,  and participation in the scavenger hunt! 

All proceeds are going to charities, according to the sponsors.

Ozarks Indie Book Fest will be held at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, 333 S John Q Hammons Pkwy, Springfield, Missouri

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