Looking for that perfect tearjerker, a love-overcomes-evil epic? Check out From Ashes Into Light, a three-part historical paranormal #metoo saga. Author Gudrun Mouw garnered seven awards for her debut novel From Ashes Into Light, including the silver medal in Inspirational Fiction from the Living Now Awards, and the winner of the International Book Awards in Visionary Fiction. Don’t miss Mouw’s lyrical prose and mind-bending journey that takes one soul through centuries of lives.
From Ashes into Light is a transpersonal tale of epic tragedy, spirituality, family, and personal redemption. It is told through three distinct voices: the haunting story of Ruth, a Jewish adolescent during Kristallnacht in World War II Austria, Saqapaya, a stalwart Native American from coastal California during the time of the Spanish conquest, and Friede Mai.
Friede is born during WW II to a Bavarian soldier and an East-Prussian mother. As those around her struggle with the inevitable chaos and paradox of war, young Friede opens her heart to gruesome enemies, at times helping her family members escape atrocities.
With war behind them, the Mai family immigrates to the US, where Friede, her veteran father and ex-refugee mother, struggle with reverberations of trauma, suspicion and prejudice. Upon leaving home, Friede meets her spiritual guide and confidant in her fiancé’s Rabbi, who helps her see that the voices from her past are teachers and the horrors of history also contain beacons of light.
Three electric characters weave a narrative of raw consciousness, a moving example of transforming the ripple of suffering through the incredible strength of vulnerability.
Gudrun Mouw Bio
At age 49, Gudrun Mouw spent a summer in Europe doing the initial research for From Ashes into Light (forthcoming for February 2016). Originally from Germany (she emigrated at age 7, and became a US citizen in 2001) her knowledge of German came in handy traveling in the former Czechoslovakia, the former East Germany, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Especially provoking was her visit to Dachau, the former Jewish concentration camp now turned into a museum.
During the 12 years of writing and revising From Ashes into Light, Gudrun Mouw worked as a health-educator and a yoga/meditation teacher. She wrote the novel in the vacuum created by her only daughter attending college and moving away. She also weathered a divorce while working on the novel.
After failing to find a publisher for the manuscript, Mouw put the novel on the back burner. She continued writing poetry and worked on several non-fiction manuscripts. In January 2014, Mouw began working with the publisher Raincloud Press and published Wife of the House, a collection of poetry, in April 2014. Around the same time, Mouw sent her novel to her publisher, who found an editor for this unique and rich work. After yet another round of revisions, it was only after seeing the advance copies in late 2014, did the reality of publication finally start to sink in for the author, at the tender age of 70.