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. A Christmas novella, The Christmas Adventure came out in 2018. Her award-winning short stories and flash fiction have been published in nine anthologies. Click for a list of publications.
The latest novel is a drama/mystery about the plight of runaway children, fostering and adoption. Runaway was released in 2019. Runaway won the Literary Titan Gold award, and was nominated in the
“Reader’s Favorites” awards.
Her nonfiction books include a primer/storybook/coloring book: All Beautiful Creatures, a food tip book: Food Hacks, Helps, and Hints, and a five-minute devotional: Reflections of the Soul . Finding Your Super Powers is a activity/story/coloring book for ages 8-12 based on the Beatitudes of the Bible .
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.