Author, Musician, Demiurge-in-Training
William (Wm.) Mark Simmons was born in 1953 and spent his formative years in Independence, Missouri, the hometown of President Harry S. Truman and fantasy author Jim Butcher.
He has had a varied career as an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, musician, and entertainer. Before he turned his attention to Science Fiction, (William) Mark Simmons was winning awards for his writing, first as a newspaper journalist and later as a broadcast copywriter.
His first novel, In the Net of Dreams, was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award and made Locus Magazine’s “Best List” in 1991. To date he has published seven novels and one novella in the United States with translations in Russia and the Czech Republic. His unique blend of humor and plots that unfold “like an origami sculpture designed by M.C. Escher” have won him the title of “master of twisted humorous fantasy and horror.”
Mark currently resides in the town of Hutchinson, Kansas, not far from the world famous Cosmosphere Space Museum. Before retirement, he was the Music Director for Radio Kansas and could be heard as the network’s morning Classical host throughout nearly half of the Sunflower State. He is a member of SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America).