PIERETTE believes she survived the Andrea Doria disaster to tell what really happened on that foggy night on the
Atlantic in 1956. Her first book, Alive on the Andrea Doria! The Greatest Sea Rescue in History, is the only all-inclusive shipwreck account
written by a survivor. It was published in Italy as
L’ultima notte dell’Andrea Doria.
Pierette’s books inspired two documentaries: “PBS: Secrets of the Dead—Andrea Doria” and “La Lunga Notte
dell’Andrea Doria” in Italy.
Her new novel, I Was Shipwrecked Andrea
Doria! The Titanic of the 1950s, is intended to inspire a new generation of
marine scientists who will provide enhanced safety of life on our seas.
The author is a member of the national marine forensics committee of the Society
of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Her goal is to continue working with
marine scientists and shipwreck divers to improve safety on our seas. Ms.
Simpson also realizes her goal by telling her personal survival story to varied
Her former career included teaching foreign languages for thirty-seven years.
Pierette also played the violin with local orchestras and chamber music groups.
She now resides in Michigan where she enjoys the
company of her special companion, friends, family, and her two Siamese cats—when
she's not traveling abroad.
>> Promoting her young adult
novel, I Was Shipwrecked on the Andrea
Doria! The Titanic of the ‘Fifties, of
historical fiction to inspire awareness of marine sciences, especially
>> Serving on the steering
committee for the First International Marine Forensics Symposium in D.C., April
2012. Also, serving as co-organizer of the Student Program?
Alive on the Andrea Doria! The Greatest Sea Rescue in History
L’ultima notte dell’Andrea Doria
I Was Shipwrecked on the Andrea Doria! The Titanic of the 1950s
Short stories and
articles in periodicals
Alive on the Andrea Doria
received Honorable Mention from the New England Book Festival and
the Hollywood Book Festivals for the print and audio versions respectively.
Amazon.com has rated
Pierette as a best-selling author in three categories: maritime science, ships
and shipwrecks, and admiralty law.
Language Teacher of the Year (1994-95) by the Michigan Foreign Language
Induction in the
Farmington Public Schools Teachers’ Hall of Fame.
“The Collegian Award”
from her alma mater, Wayne State University.
Protagonista”, from Pierette’s native Italian region for her leadership and
patriotism via publication