Lois Paige Simenson retired from a federal career with the U.S. Department of the Interior, in Anchorage, Alaska. She was a technical and legal writer for several Interior agencies, having authored several government reports and publications.
She’s published short stories in Alaska Magazine, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Star, The Anchorage Press, Memoirabilia Magazine, and online, at 49 Writers, Erma Bombeck Humor Writers.org, Alaska Life Magazine, and The Hill Congress Blog. Her stories have appeared in Cirque and Santa Fe Writers’ Project Literary magazines. She is a board member of the Alaska Writer’s Guild, as Vice-President of Programs and a member of the Alaska Chapter of Romance Writers of America.
She’s working on a novel series about wildland firefighting: Alaskan Spark, Montana Blazing, and California Firestorm. Her Anchorage Press story, Embers of Memories, won a 2016 Alaska Press Club award in the best-history, all-media category, and inspired her debut novel, Alaskan Spark. Information about the release of Alaskan Spark is forthcoming.
“Lois Simenson’s Embers of Memories is a suspenseful tale one can’t help but read until the end. How many people can say they narrowly evaded certain death while trying to tame a violent blaze in the Alaskan Interior? Simenson relays her story in stunning and gripping detail.” –Alaska Press Club
She is an alum of the University of Montana in Missoula (Go Griz!) and has a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Alaska Pacific University, in Anchorage.
Lois is an accomplished actress, having worked on a dozen feature films, a half-dozen television commercials, and over two-dozen stage plays. She’s worked in scenes with Nicolas Cage, Dean Norris, Dermot Mulroney, John Krasinski, Jon Voight, and Drew Barrymore. Her online acting credits are listed at IMDB.
Her first screenplay, Evacuation, won 4th place in the 2017 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. It was based on her stage play, Evacuation, which was well received at the 2016 Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. Perseverance Theatre produced two of her short plays in spring of 2015, at the Anchorage Center for the Performing Arts. Lois has written and directed plays and monologues for theatre groups, and has written monologues for inclusion in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference Monologues book.