Author Spotlight
Michael Simmons

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Michael Simmons

Q. What was your inspiration for this story? Is the book autobiographical in any way?
I was doing research for a prison literacy project and kept reading about kids whose parents were locked up. It was pretty heartbreaking stuff. I started thinking about what that would be like–having a parent go to jail–and the story kind of took off from there. But not much about this book is autobiographical. Brett reminds me of a few people I’ve known over the years, but I think I’ll keep that to myself.

Q. Brett can be a pretty obnoxious guy. Was it easy to 'channel'... Read More

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