After five decades in writing and publishing, Georganna devoted herself to helping other writers along the path to publishing success. She provided editorial services, evaluated manuscripts and advised beginners, occasionally publishing print and ebooks for clients. She blogged almost daily for seven years in "A Writer's Edge" and maintained a searchable archive of posts for several years. She is now fully retired from editorial services but active on Twitter as @GLHancock and on Facebook.
A career in writing was inevitable for Georganna, who claims she was born with a pencil in her mouth, instead of a silver spoon or a silver tongue. This amazing event occurred in Dayton, Ohio, in 1943. Her family thought she would become an artist like her Uncle Jim, but she wanted to write. While obtaining an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Northwestern University, she also majored in the school's renowned Radio, TV & Film department and took all the Creative Writing classes offered. It was to no avail. Poetry, stories, novels flowed from brain to pencil, and it was mostly drivel except for her first (1962) publication in a poetry anthology.
Fortunately, she discovered journalism and forged a career in nonfiction, winning awards for writing and photography from American Mensa, the National Federation of Press Women and other groups. First she wrote for small newspapers. Eventually THE MIAMI HERALD asked her to write for its northernmost bureaus. She also freelanced articles which appeared in BON APETIT, REDBOOK, FAMILY CIRCLE, HIGHLIGHTS MAGAZINE FOR CHILDREN, OFFSHORE and many more national and regional publications. She reviewed books for THE FORT PIERCE NEWS-TRIBUNE in the 70s and THE LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL in the 80s as a member of the National Book Critics Circle. All those print bylines read "Georganna Simmons." Her book reviews from the Blogcritics website are syndicated nationally.
Georganna attended graduate school, and in 1993 San Diego State University proclaimed her a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She remained in San Diego, California, retiring from a brief career as a data analyst and university instructor in 2001. She resumed her life's passion and was a freelance editor, writer and publishing consultant until 2015 when she fully retired.