C.A. (Candy) Simonson has always had a love for words. She started writing stories as a child and even won a contest for writing in the third grade. (See the story in Stories to Read: “The Budding of a Writer.”) Her first published piece was a poem in a national magazine at age 17. That was enough to get her hooked.
She is an award-winning author and writer of short stories, articles, and books. She is a frequent contributor to online publications and print magazines, now almost 400 pieces.
Candy also occasionally writes content for Crowd Content and Textbroker. These online companies present a list of articles, blog posts, ads, and other content that need to be written. “It provides a happy distraction when writing is slow, or the ideas don’t come.” Although this is a ‘write-on-demand’ type of writing and sometimes requires a lot of research on a deadline, it presents the type of challenge she loves to meet.
In 2013, her contemporary Christian fiction, Love’s Journey Home -The Search for Love, debuted. Two years later, the sequel, Love Looks Back – The Search for Siblings, came out and the following year, Love’s Amazing Grace -The Reunion. Her award-winning short stories and flash fiction have been published in nine anthologies. Click for a list of publications.
The newest novel is a drama/mystery about the plight of runaway children and fostering. Runaway will be released in 2019.
Her nonfiction books include a primer/storybook/coloring book, a food tip book, and a five-minute devotional. She is presently working on another activity/story/coloring book for ages 8-12.
Simonson worked in the technical field for over 20 years, first as an elementary computer teacher (K-6) to over 300 students, which evolved into adult education as a computer teacher at two Springfield, MO companies. Her experience includes all applications of MS OFFICE, ADOBE, and a variety of other apps. She also volunteer-taught at the Springfield Senior Center in 2018.
When she is not writing, she is painting, quilting, or fishing in her backyard pond.