Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Danielle Simmons  

Pen Name: D. Bryant Simmons

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1983 in Chicago, IL

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Illinois Connection

The author was born in Chicago, IL, attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and now resides in Chicago Ridge, IL.

Biographical and Professional Information

D. Bryant Simmons was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She has earned a B.A. in Sociology and M.Ed. in Elementary Education. She is a mother, entrepreneur, and advocate for female empowerment.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch (The Morrow Girls)
ISBN: 0985751665

Bravebird Publishing. 2014

This award-winning book is a fan favorite and the start to a family saga that will have you riveted.
In the wake of her father's sudden death Pecan marries the up-and-coming boxing sensation Ricky Morrow. When she begins to doubt that desperate decision she finds herself on the receiving end of Ricky's violent temper. Scared for her life, she hunkers down in this marriage of convenience as the babies and fists keep coming. Will the abuse ever stop? Will Pecan and her girls live happily ever after?

This is the story of a girl who grows into a woman before your very eyes. It is literary fiction that packs a punch and plenty of surprises--not the typical domestic abuse storyline.

This true to life story walks a careful line between fiction and reality. With characters as real as you and me, it will break and mend your heart a hundred times because it has just the right amount of honesty and love.

If you're ready for a story so moving it will stay with you long after you put it down, then add this book to your cart today! Once you start reading, you won't want to put it down.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

D. Bryant Simmons is available for book readings, question and answer sessions, and other related events. Contact her at to arrange an event.