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.
Look for his up coming non-fiction, To Sing Frog, chronicling his Russian adoption experiences in Summer 2013.
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.
He is the President and CEO of White Knight Fluid Handling, Inc., an engineering company that manufactures pumps for the semiconductor and industrial chemical industries. He is co-owner of fourteen U.S. patents and recipient of several industry awards, including the DuPont Plunkett award, 2011 Utah Manufacturer of the Year Award and the 2012 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award.
He lives with his wife, Amy and their children in Kamas, Utah, a small mountain valley east of Park City.