Giselle Roeder


Giselle Roeder is the author of several books, including ‘We Don’t Talk About That,’ a memoir about her idyllic childhood and the horrific experiences during the Russian invasion, rape and murder family's survival after WWII. She describes three decades of her "life in three Germanys”: First as a child under Nazi rule, then as a teenager growing up in Communist East Germany, and, following her daring escape, life in the West where she had to start all over again. In "Flight Into The Unknown," the sequel to the first book, she tells us the story of her marriage to an (unknown) penfriend from Canada, her immigration, her life as a wife and mother to two stepdaughters and later on a son. Her trials and tribulations, the ups and downs of an immigrant with only a rudimentary knowledge of the English language, and her success in overcoming all obstacles are nothing short of inspiring. Despite all odds and never giving up, Giselle became a successful businesswoman and international speaker. Her husband started an affair, which led to their divorce. She lost everything she had built up in twenty years of marriage. Another beginning and for the reader, another book, the final of her memoirs: "Set Sail for Life After 50" forthcoming in spring 2021. Watch out - it may be even earlier...
These three books form a 'trilogy,' "The Nine Lives of Gila:"
1. We Don't Talk About That, surviving WWII and its aftermath.
2. Flight Into the Unknown - Dreaming of Life and Love in Canada. An immigrant's story.
3. Set Sail for Life After 50 - Another new beginning after a divorce, lots of travel and ending with retirement.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Tough quwestion! There are so many to choose from: Ken Follett, James Patterson, Ann Victoria Roberts, Lyn Alexander, Jane Austin...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Can't wait to write more: weekly stories for my website, right now especially the next chapters for my forthcoming book, the sequel to 'We Don't Talk About That'. People send me e-mails regarding the 'abrupt ending' and most say 'I need to know what happens next...' - so I really have to get going! Actually, I really enjoy this manuscript. Twenty chapters are done - but many more to come. After all, theis sequel covers 50 plus years of my life.
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The Nine Lives of Gila
Book 1. "We Don't Talk About That. An Amazing Story of Survival." The first ten years under the Nazi regime; Gila had an idyllic childhood on a small farm up to the beginning of WWII. Worst, the invasion of the Russians committing rape, murder and other atrocities. Millions of people were evicted from their homeland; everyone walked for three weeks next to the Russian war machinery on the road to nowhere. The next ten years of life under Communist rule; after a daring escape ten more years in West Germany. Book 2. "Flight Into The Unknown. - Dreaming of Life and Love in Canada." Manipulated by the well-to-do inlaws into marrying an unknown penfriend, Gila finds herself in her dream-city but had a rude awakening when she had to pay the debts of her new husband. Her limited knowledge of English and all her possessions in a container on the high seas gave her no choice but to accept her fate to be a mother to a young stepdaughter, who was later joined by another and a son. She builds a successful business until all hell broke loose. Start again? Book 3: "Set Sail for Life After 50 - Age Is Just A Number." This book is a work in progress, September 2020


Flight Into the Unknown
Series: The Nine Lives of Gila. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,790. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2020 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
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Manipulated into marrying a penfriend from Canada with a small child, I emigrated from Germany to Canada. After lots of trials and tribulations and despite many ups and downs, the marriage lasted tor twenty years. I created a comfortable life for us, raised two stepchildren and a son. When my husband cleaned out every bank account. Through divorce, I lost everything. I had to start a new life.
We Don't Talk About That - A Riveting Story of Survival WWII
Series: The Nine Lives of Gila. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,020. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2017 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
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Millions of women were abused and raped during the final stages of WW II, and while the attitude among many survivors is "We don't talk about that," this woman has found the courage to place her memories on record. This book describes the author's life for ten years under Nazi rule, ten years under Communism before escaping to the "Golden West". Another ten years later she contemplated emigrating.
Ein Mensch Von Gestern… Heute
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,580. Language: German. Published: June 26, 2017 . Categories: Poetry » German Poetry
"Ein Mensch von Gestern ... Heute" ist eine Sammlung von heiteren Gedichten, die meisten im Stil von Eugen Roth. Gisela Fiting-Roeder hat einen Blick fuer das 'allzu Menschliche' - und wie es den Menschen von 'gestern' nun 'heute' ergeht, und wie er sich dem modernen Leben anpassen musste: Von Partnerschaften ueber das weltweite Reisen, von Kindern und Hunden bis zum Komputer und mehr.
Forget Me Not - A Bouquet of Stories, Thoughts and Memories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,430. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2016 . Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Emotions, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
A thousand ‘Forget-me-nots’ have lined my path. From adoption, babies, cancer, dating, depression, dogs, earthquake, escape, grandmas, kayaking, love, Olympics, politics, from superstition, war to weeping angels and many surprises in-between – these stories are part of me and part of the people who touched my life. They are independent of each other and surely incite discussion.

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adoption    alte geschichten    babies    canada    cancer    depression    divorce    dogs    earthqueake    east germany    emotional abuse    escape    eviction    frauensuche    gefuehle    grandmas    hitlers rise    humor    hunde    immigration    kinder    komputer    love    radio tv    rape    refugee    reisen    russian invasion    sammelsurien    skincare    small business    stepchildren    superstition    vancouver    west germany    winnipeg    world war 1    world war 2