I come from a writing family. My great-aunt, Virginia Sorensen, is the author of sixteen books, one of them a Newbery winner. Many of her books were inspired by family stories and her experiences with the Mormon Church. I suppose I am in my own way following in her big footsteps.
“That I do not accept the faith that possessed them does not mean I doubt their frequent devotion and heroism in its service. Especially their women. Their women were incredible.”—Wallace Stegner, The Gathering of Zion.
I begin with this quote because it is the women of the early faith I’m drawn to. The strength that was required of them is almost incomprehensible. And yet they encircled themselves and their families within it. It is for them I write.
Kelly L. Simmons was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but spent most of her growing up years in Montana.
She received her B.A. from the University of Montana and her M.F.A. from Queens University in Charlotte, NC.
Her stories have appeared in “Prick of the Spindle,” “Lost Coast Review,” and “Scintilla Press.”
She is married with one daughter, and makes her home in Bozeman, Montana, loving the outdoors and the people around her.
Author of “The Wives of Billie’s Mountain.”
“Powerful, historically based novel of survival, beliefs, adaptation and resistance.” Kirkus Review.