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BIO

Strange things happen when T. M. Simmons goes chasing after ghosts. And she'll discuss those events with anyone she can corner, plus write them down for readers far and wide to enjoy.

Simmons sold her first book two years from the time she started writing. After a decade and a dozen books in the romance genre, she now writes paranormal mysteries and dark paranormal fiction. Also, after prodding from friends, she began publishing volumes of true ghost stories, direct tales from the diaries she kept of her dealings with ghosts, spirits and even some nasty entities she encountered over the years. She even has a few short stories in her published repertoire so far.

The information on her romance career is on a different web site, url on the home page. Here, talk and tales are of darker, scarier things.

In the mood for comedy horror? The Dead Man mysteries include two intrepid ghost hunters who are actually based on Simmons and her Aunt Belle Brown, who led Simmons into the supernatural realm so many years ago. Dead Man Talking, Dead Man Haunt, Dead Man Hand, and the in-the-works Dead Man Ohio tell stories of ghosts of murder victims who relentlessly demand Alice and Twila expose the dastardly killers. Accompanying the two (mostly) brave ghost hunters are Trucker, a Rottweiler, Miss Molly, the Siamese, Granny and Alice's ex-husband, Jack, a homicide detective.

True Ghost Stories Diary Volume I through IV (so far, V in the works) chronicle Simmons' life as a paranormal investigator, sometimes accompanied by Aunt Belle, sometimes various others, as they prowl cemeteries after dark and haunted houses anytime. She's hunted in New Mexico; the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas; The Myrtles in St. Francisville, as well as Natchitoches and New Orleans, Louisiana; Jefferson, and other Texas towns; Ohio; Wisconsin; and numerous graveyards and haunted buildings all over the U.S. Her favorite trip (so far) was to Cimarron, New Mexico, where she and Aunt Belle spent two days and nights all alone in the historical and haunted St. James Hotel.

Grave Yarns is a collection of short horror stories, while To All a Good Night and Dragon's Dishonor are stand-along paranormal fiction short tales.

Her dark paranormal, Winter Prey, is another tale not to be read lightly … or with the lights off. Not if you're worried about an ancient windigo eating you! Silent Prey, also in-the-works, will have you snatching your loved ones tight.

Simmons actually lives in a haunted house in East Texas, which she shares with a variety of paranormal residents, a menagerie of pets, and her husband. She sometimes takes that husband along on a ghost hunt, to supposedly protect her from the bumps in the night. However, he's been known to spy a ghost or two and retreat rather than confront. She believes in disciplining her resident ghostly boarders, but visitors are forewarned to beware. Some overnight guests have left in the middle of the night; even some relatives refuse to accept her offer of a bed.

She's also the lead investigator in her group of paranormal investigators, Supernatural Researchers of Texas. They consist of men and women totally dedicated to respecting the paranormal, and who have a variety of sensitivities and gifts similar to the psychic abilities she and her Aunt Belle share. Besides studying and growing their gifts, the group handles problematic ghosts who can't be bothered to behave themselves for people who call on them for help. Can you say Ghostbusters? They've also encountered a few of what Simmons deems nasties, evil entities it takes courage and fortitude to defeat. So far, she and her group have proved successful, although sometimes it takes more than one encounter to win the battle against malevolent entities.

Above all, Simmons hopes you enjoy her tales, spooky, funny, or scary as each may be. She's always willing to chat with her readers and fans in email or on Facebook.

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REVIEWS

  • “Dead Man Talking is an engaging mystery! T. M. Simmons has created a bright, caring heroine, as likely to end up in a humorous situation as a terrifying one. This is my favorite kind of reading--a pleasing blend of crime and convoluted relationships with a dash of comic relief and a hearty helping of "something extra," in this case, the supernatural.”

    Kathy Lynn Emerson
    Mystery Author
  • “[Dead man Talking is] [a] fabulous holiday investigative tale!”

    Harriet Klausner
    Reviewer
  • “[In Dead Man Haunt] [r]eaders who enjoy the paranormal and like a bit of comedy with their suspense will get plenty of satisfaction while visiting Mineral Springs.”

    Barbara Bibel
    Reviewer
  • “[Dead Man Haunt,] [a]s with Dead Man Talking, T.M. Simmons provides a delightfully charming leisurely flowing supernatural cozy.”

    Harriet Klausner
    Reviewer
  • “Dead Man Hand is a book I couldn’t put down. The more I read and the closer I got to the end, the more I wanted it to just keep going. I didn’t want it to end. I’ve enjoyed it so much that I must go back and read Dead Man Talking and Dead Man Haunt, the first and second books within this set. Author T. M. Simmons keeps you going with her style of writing.”

    Martha A. Cheves
    Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
  • “[In Dead Man Hand,] [s]he keeps you engaged and guessing 'til the end—this is definitely a must have if you like paranormal mysteries with a generous side of humor”

    A. D. Guzman
    Author of Ghosts in the Footprints Anthology by Hadley Rille Books
  • “For someone who is about as supernaturally sensitive as a potato, these stories gave me an exciting and chilling glimpse at what I'm missing out on. Can't wait for the next one!”

    Amanda Guzman
    Reader of Ghost Hunting Daries
  • “There have been times in my own life that I've felt there were `others' among us but have always brushed this feeling off to excuses such as `I'm alone,' `Its Dark,' or `That was just the wind.' After reading Ghost Hunting Diary Volume I, I've just about decided that there is a lot more to these encounters than we realize.”

    Martha A. Cheves
    Author of Think With Your Taste Buds: Beef
  • “She has an art of making you feel like you are right there experiencing these things with her. Gives me a few goose bumps from time to time. You can't go wrong buying her books, she is an outstanding writer.”

    Jen
    Reader
  • “I take my hat off to everyone because you all are much braver than I. You couldn't drag me to one of those graveyards especially at night.”

    The Barbarian
    Reader of Ghost Hunting Daries
  • “I love reading the diary. The stories are great and I can't wait to flip to the next page.”

    Spencer A. Brooks
    Reader of Ghost Hunting Daries
  • “If you have a Kindle, don't waste time trying to decide which one to get - just get them all. I've spent a whole lot more on books I've enjoyed a whole lot less.”

    C, Smith
    "Ghost Book Collector"
  • “Her writing puts you right there in the "hunt" with her... love it!!”

    Englishtydog
    Reader
  • “Her writing is personal, honest and full of humor. I feel like I know her personally and while I'm reading I feel like I'm on the ghost hunt with her.”

    MReader
    Reader
  • “In Winter Prey, Simmons takes some of the familiar elements of horror stories and turns them on their head, making the reader look at familiar situations in a completely new light. The overall result is a novel feels both familiar and fresh at the same time and that is one heck of an exciting read . I can’t wait for the sequel!”

    Floyd Brigdon
    Trinity Valley Community College, Department of English; She Never Slept, Assistant Editor
  • “A riveting story that hooked me from beginning to end.”

    Mary Kennedy
    Author of the upcoming Nightmares Can be Murder, first of the Friday Night Dream Club Mysteries
  • “I can't stop reading [Grave Yarns] until I'm completely finished with the ebook. They are that good. There's never a boring or a dull moment. T.M. writes in a concise way and it's as if she's talking directly to me the reader.”

    The Barbarian
    Reader
  • “I am just in love with this short Christmas story!! I just finished reading it and I'm still dabbing at the tears because it was so beautiful and touching!”

    Maria222
    Reader
  • “T.M. Simmons does not disappoint, ever!!”

    Linda Gomes
    Reviewer
  • “[Dragon's Dishonor is a] [h]eart warming, sensitive and humorous.”

    Jen
    Reader
  • “[Dragon's Dishonor is] a delightful tale, filled with hope, redemption and the power of love.”

    Mary Kennedy
    Author of the upcoming Nightmares Can be Murder, first of the Friday Night Dream Club Mysteries