Gardnerville author Kimberly Pryor was honored with the 2012 EPIC eBook Award in the nonfiction category for her book, "The Indestructible Relationship: Support and Understand Each Other Better During Grief, Illness, Catastrophic Loss and All Life's Stressful Moments."
The annual competition, which draws entries from around the U.S. and the world, recognizes excellence in eBook content.
The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition (EPIC) presented Pryor with the award at the EPICon-2012 Convention in San Antonio, Texas on March 17 in front of a group of writers, book publishers, and freelance book editors.
"To win the award the work must be riveting, entertaining, well-constructed and written in a manner to keep the reader interested-not an easy task. And it must shine above all others," said Desiree Holt, the EPICon-2012 chairwoman. "Top quality works and best sellers are entered, and only the cream of the crop even make it to the finals. To be chosen a winner signifies the author's place at the top of his or her profession."
There were almost 600 entries in this year's competition, which included entries in 25 content-related categories such as nonfiction, historical romance, young adult, fantasy, science fiction, and suspense/thriller as well as entries in EPIC's Ariana eBook Cover Art Awards.
The Indestructible Relationship is a collection of moving, dramatic, inspirational, real-life stories that show how couples cope with stress and trauma. Pryor wrote the book to help two groups of people: couples who want to feel more at peace when they're under stress as well as divorced and single people who are trying to understand why their last relationship fell apart and who need hope that everlasting love is possible.
"I'm dedicating this award to any couple anywhere who has gone through a stressful or traumatic experience," said Pryor. "This award means a lot to me for many reasons-not only because it recognizes that this book is one of the best works of non-fiction on the market today but it will open up more opportunities for me to help couples."
For example, Pryor wants to find a business who can work with her to get copies of the book to one group of people it was meant to help-couples who have endured wildfires as well as natural disasters. She can include the award in a sponsorship proposal that will help entice the business to join her in her mission.
Pryor said EPICon-2012 was one of the most interesting writers' conferences she's ever attended, because it took place in a haunted hotel called The Menger across from The Alamo.
"Nearly everyone who attended the conference had a ghostly experience. The second night of the conference, I was knocking on the door of a fellow writer who was staying in the old section of the hotel built in 1859. As I stood there, I heard footsteps coming down the hallway to my left. When I turned my head there was no one there even though I continued to hear the footsteps walking toward me," Pryor said.
Pryor is a freelance writer who has had more than 600 articles published in magazines and newspapers such as Nevada Magazine, Tahoe Quarterly, and the San Jose Mercury News. A longtime resident of Douglas County, she lived on top of Kingsbury Grade for 19 years and has resided in Gardnerville for 4 years. She says she finds the beauty of the area inspiring. The Indestructible Relationship is available on www.amazon.com, The Kindle or for The Nook and other electronic devices at www.indestructiblerelationship.com. It sells for $3.99, with 25 cents of every purchase going to The Compassionate Friends, a non-profit organization that helps families who have lost a child.