Local author receives national recognition trough the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD


Contact: Virginia A. Simpson/(760) 774-4992/drvsimpson@gmail.com

Local author receives national recognition through the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD®!​

El Dorado Hills, CA — The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD recognized The Space Between: A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life by Virginia A. Simpson in the Relationship category as the winner and can be seen here: independentpressaward.com/2017winners

The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.


As a Bereavement Care Specialist, Dr. Virginia Simpson has devoted her career to counseling individuals and families grappling with illness, death, and grieving.  But when her own mother, Ruth, is diagnosed in 1999 with a life-threatening condition, Virginia arranges for Ruth to move in with her—and is caught off guard by the storm of emotions she experiences when she is forced to inhabit the role of caregiver. In The Space Between, Simpson takes readers along for the journey as she struggles to bridge the invisible, often prickly space that sits between so many mothers and daughters and to give voice to the challenges, emotions, and thoughts many caregivers experience but are too ashamed to admit.


Described as “A beautiful, searingly honest book,” The Space Between “offers a testament to love’s enduring and transformative power throughout our lives and in our closest family ties.”

“In 2017, we had worldwide participation, from London to Australia, from Portugal to Hong Kong, and are so proud to announce the winners and favorites in our annual INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD. Independent publishing is alive and well, and continues to gain traction worldwide,” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak. For more information please visit: independentpressaward.com and to see the list of Winners.



About the Author

Virginia A. Simpson, Ph.D., FT is a Bereavement Care Specialist and Executive Counseling Director for hundreds of funeral homes throughout the United States and Canada. She is the Founder of The Mourning Star Center for grieving children and their families, which she ran from 1995 to 2005, and author of the memoir The Space Between (She Writes Press, April 2016) about her journey caring for her ailing mother. Virginia has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. She holds a Fellowship in Thanatology from the Association for Death Education & Counseling (ADEC) and has been honored for her work by the cities of Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, and Rancho Mirages. She lives in El Dorado Hills, California with her husband Bob and her Golden Retriever Shelby.


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About Independent Press Award

The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD is a global competition judged by experts throughout the book industry including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Winners and Distinguished Favorites are chosen on overall excellence. For more information and to view all the books awarded winners and distinguished favorites, please visit: independentpressaward.com

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