Simmons, Andra 1939-

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SIMMONS, Andra 1939-

PERSONAL: Born December 9, 1939, in Covina, CA; daughter of Charles J., Jr. (a rancher and developer) and Ruth (a homemaker; maiden name, Goodrich) Hurst; married John A. Simmons (a designer), October 15, 1967; children: Robert A. Education: Attended Oregon State University, 1958-60; University of California—Santa Barbara, degree, 1962.

ADDRESSES: Home and offıce—Hurst Ranch Educational Center, 1015 South Citrus St., West Covina, CA 91791. Agent—Kendra Marcus, Book Stop Literary Agency, 67 Meadow Lane, Orinda, CA 94563.

CAREER: Hurst Ranch Educational Center, West Covina, CA, director. Also worked as an elementary school teacher.


Ten Little Angels, illustrated by Jone Hallmark, Harcourt Brace and Co. (San Diego, CA), 2001.

SIDELIGHTS: Andra Simmons told CA how she became a writer: "It was simply a process developed over time with a love of words and rhymes and a passion for reading. Ah, and perhaps, most important of all, following my Dad's motto, 'If you can dream it, you can do it,' and, after years of persistence, I did."

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