“Stories are the only enchantment possible, for when we begin to see our suffering as a story, we are saved.”
– The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Volume III
Karin Finell remembered Anaïs’s words while writing her memoir of WW II. She dove back into the depth of war and bombs to write what she remembered, resulting in, Good-bye to the Mermaids: A Childhood Lost in Hitler’s Berlin.
Finell has written for as long as
she can remember. As a child in
Germany, she entertained herself by writing
and illustrating fairy stories. Karin’s skies
were inhabited by angels and the seas by
mermaids. Her created world shielded her
from the reality of bombs and death.
Finell’s latest memoir, Broken Butterfly: My Daughter’s Struggle With Brain Injury, published by the University of Missouri Press, September 2012, will be followed by a memoir still in progress, continuing Karin’s story after arriving in America.
Her stories have appeared in Mexico, a Love Story (Seal Press) and in The Way, a magazine of St. Francis, and in five volumes of the Community of Voices anthology. Articles have been published in four volumes of the German literary magazine MERIAN, and several in Pferd und Reiter. Travel articles were published in the Miami Herald and the San Diego News. Her poetry has been published in the Poetry Therapy Journal and in Cafe in Space, a literary journal dedicated to the circle of Anaïs Nin. The Santa Barbara Independent has published several of Karin’s memoir pieces and poems.
Karin taught five years of Writing your Pain: Grief and Transformation, at Adult Education at Santa Barbara City College. Finell arranged for a celebration for Anaïs Nin, A Writer- A Life, at the time of Anaïs’ centenary (2003) at Santa Barbara City College Schott Center, with Janet Fitch, Paul Herron and others in attendance.
Karin Finell lives in Santa Barbara, in a home she shares with her husband of fourteen years.