D. Bryant Simmons was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She has earned a B.A. in Sociology and M.Ed. in Elementary Education. She is a mother, publisher, and advocate for women's rights.
Simmons is a creative person with an adventurous spirit. She has dabbled in several forms of artistic expression hoping to shed light on realities that society tends to overlook.
"I studied photojournalism because I wanted to tell stories but it never occurred to me to take creative writing for that!"
In the third grade, Simmons made her first attempt at writing fiction and it left her frustrated and confused. She promptly resigned to wait until she was much much wiser, retired, and rich before taking on the challenge again. Simmons remained faithful to this decision, avoiding all creative writing opportunities throughout her education. However, it would seem fate had other plans.
In her high school literature class, Simmons and her classmates were assigned the task of writing poetry. Each poem would be entered into a statewide poetry competition, the prize—publication. Simmons procrastinated and labored over the mandatory assignment with veiled irritation. After pulling an all nighter, she handed in her assignment drained and relieved. The possibility of winning never occurred to her, but that's what happened. She won.
Still, determined to stick with her plan of writing only in her golden years, Simmons focused her desire for creative expression into the fine arts—painting, photography, even music. After graduating from college with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a minor in Art, the writing bug bit her again. In 2008, she began writing what would become The Morrow Girls Series. Six years later, in January of 2014, she published the first book in the series—How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch, which would go on to win a gold medal in the 2014 IPPY Awards.
"Loving to read doesn't always translate into loving to write so I was surprised when that happened for me."
Simmons' writing style is reflective of her personality. She suffers from a horrible case of impatience. She values emotional connections above all else and is hopelessly distrustful of happy endings.