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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450568092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450568098
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,003,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Monice Mitchell Simms is a talented writer, filmmaker and veteran journalist who penned "Stop the Great War," - a play she later rewrote and produced as a tele-drama for public television. She also brought to life "Carmin's Choice" - a Showtime showcase film about a female ex convict, and directed "Rain" - a Showtime showcase film about World War III - which she also wrote. Producer of the award-winning television public service announcement, "Power," Monice also recently ventured into the world of radio/television by producing "Prepare for Love," an Internet relationship talk show hosted by Relationship Coach, Ryeal Simms. She also recently produced and edited the Internet trailer and bonus footage for the feature documentary, "Stand;" directed "Breaking the Silence," public service announcement about teen dating violence sponsored by Verizon; and produced and edited a leadership documentary and public service announcement series for youth commissioned by the Tavis Smiley Foundation. Currently, Monice is penning her second book of poetry, "Brighter This Time." She is also producing and directing the audio digi-book series based on her debut novel, "Address: House of Corrections," and writing "The Mailman's Daughter," the second novel in the three book series inspired by the life of her mother.

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America's Acclaimed Author & Authorpreneur

"i write, because not breathing is not an option." ~ monice mitchell simms

Before becoming a published author and authorpreneur, Monice toiled as a frustrated screenwriter and an executive Hollywood assistant.

One day, she quit her job and sequestered herself to her studio apartment to pen her acclaimed debut novel, "Address: House of Corrections" - the first in a trilogy inspired by the lives of her grandmother, mother and great-grandmother.

The rest of her "Faith Leaves A Trail" story, Monice happily shares at many of her events. An entertaining and empowering tale of passion, persistence and purpose, her testimony has inspired audiences to follow their dreams - by any means necessary.

Faith Leaves A Trail

After snagging a literary agent off the strength of her novel's first 100 pages, "Address: House of Corrections" was turned down for two years by several major publishing houses. So, Monice - utilizing her eclectic skills as a poet, journalist and an award-winning filmmaker for Showtime - decided to independently publish and implement an innovative, grass roots, social media and marketing campaign to prove them all wrong.

And it worked!

With her book selling steadily on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and on her website,, Monice then convinced brick and mortar stores to sell "Address: House of Corrections" and produced a book tour on a budget to the cities of Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and New York.

Currently, heading up her online writers community,, Monice is busy penning "Faith Leaves A Trail," her making of journey to successfully self-publish, the second novel of the trilogy, "The Mailman's Daughter," and recently published her first children's book, "Nana's Fridge."

A filmmaker, speaker and dramatic audio book producer, she also offers one-on-one coaching to authorpreneurs and runs Make Believers Writing Services, a boutique social media and marketing agency.

Monice is happily married and lives in South Pasadena, California.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2011
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I was taken with this novel from the first chapter. The characters are especially real and engaging. Monice Mitchell Simms proves to be a masterful writer as she tells this very personal and emotional story about the life of a young African American woman and the struggles she faces as a child and young adult. But more than that, it is a story of a family which spans generations and provides a probing look not only into the private and difficult lives of its characters but into the youthful days of a city rich with personality, promise, and possibility. Finally, this is a beautiful, almost poetic, story told in a language rich with diction and imagery. I found myself caring about this story...caring about these characers and anxious to learn what happens next in, what I hope will be, a sequel .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terri Lee-Johnson on January 23, 2011
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Monice Mitchell Simms is a storyteller. I don't mean that to sound light or insignificant. In this near epic tale of a bright young girl from Jim Crow era Locust Grove, Georgia to her tumultuous teen years in the Motor City, Simms demonstrates such dexterity in her debut novel. Merry's tale opens with her life in the South living with her grandmother and her "selfish" younger brother. After, Merry makes an unthinkable sacrifice to save him, the looming consequences leave her grandmother no choice but to send her "up North" to the mother who abandoned her children. In Detroit, her life seems to be heading towards triumph as she's a successful student and bourgeoning pianist and singer. However, her demons get the best of her and she begins to console her not quite teenaged self with alcohol. Merry quickly finds herself on a downward spiral as a teen mom, dealing with addictions, and a hole in her soul she can't seem to fill. Right up to the bittersweet end, Merry never seems to lose her fight even though she fouls up quite a bit along her journey to self. Don't think that this is a typical, or stereotypical, tale of Black youth gone rogue. There are nuances to this novel not quite expected and while flawed, Merry remains endearing throughout. Every character, from the closeted gay male to the stifled preacher's daughter gone bad to the alluring bad boy, is well thought and fleshed out.

Simms has written such a page turner that it's girth surprisingly never hits any lulls or feels overworked. This debut is also the promising beginning of a trilogy of which I highly anticipate the sequel, The Mailman's Daughter. If you like great, meaty stories, do get your hands on a copy of Address: House of Corrections.
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By Freda Larkin on January 20, 2014
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This novel gave the characters depth and an insight to the era. This would be a recommended read for anyone and interesting discussion material for book clubs.
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By Sumiyyah on August 28, 2012
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Ms. Simms has captured the essence of life in her novel Address: House of Corrections. The stories with in the novel were a magnet which kept me reading more and more. Her insight and storytelling make her a top notch author. I love this book.
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