John M. Simmons is the author of The Marvelous Journey Home, 2008 winner of the Utah Best of State Awards- Fiction category. Based on actual events, the novel tells the remarkable story of parents and children coming together. With scenes situated from orphanages in small, remote Russian villages, to Moscow, and finally on to America, readers are taken on a journey around the world. Home is found in distant places, peace is found in unlikely circumstances, and family is always what matters most.
Simmons' second title, To Sing Frogs, is now available in bookstores and online at JohnMSimmons.com.
John and his wife have adopted both domestically and internationally, with five adopted children from Russia. He has a personal understanding of how the politics of Russian adoption affect those in the process of adopting children, and the impact to the children themselves.
Simmons recently resigned as the President/CEO of White Knight Fluid Handling, Inc., a business which he started, to spend his time focusing on adoption awareness and the charity, Ele Lembra (He Remembers), which he and his family founded. Ele Lembra is a 501(c)(3) public charity that assists children without parents as they age out of orphanages.
He lives with his wife, Amy and their children in Kamas, Utah, a small mountain valley east of Park City.