From the Author
Amazon has invited me to share a little bit with you about my novel, UNA. UNA is a book with themes of personal power and transformation. It is charged with raw emotion, harrowing events and ultimate triumph. It is also one of those very rare books that features an older woman as the central character.
The idea for the story began years ago. I have long been fascinated by the Holocaust. What, I wondered, did those people in WWII Germany do who were forced to flee to the woods? How did they survive? What would an older woman--a woman my age--do in such circumstances?
How would her fundamental values change, if at all?
The result was UNA. While it is not a holocaust story per se, the novel is set on the edges of that troubling time in history.
Since I have written plays, been involved with theater, and won awards for writing and directing a short film, it was natural that UNA should start out as a screenplay. It won an award. Then, like many wonderful screenplays, it sat on my shelf for years. One morning I awoke with the realization that UNA needed to be written as a novel.
Most fiction features a man or a young woman as the central character. Older women are usually seen as buffoons, eccentric beings or stodgy grandmothers. UNA changes that stereotype, and shows an aging woman who is a person with the capacity for powerful emotion, resourcefulness and ultimate transformation.
Most of the people I know who have read UNA have told me that they can't put it down. An author loves hearing that! My hope is that you will find UNA to be, at the least, entertaining, and at the best, inspiring and empowering.
Mary Elizabeth Raines
About the Author
Mary Elizabeth Raines has been writing stories, plays and nonfiction since the 1970s. Several of her plays and scripts, including a film script based on this novel, have won awards. She attended New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied classical piano. She also has a background in theater and film. Along with these interests, she has been a hypnotist for many decades and works as a hypnosis instructor. Raines writes a column on guided imagery for The Journal of Hypnotism,
has contributed chapters to three books on hypnotism and is the author of The Laughing Cherub Guide to Past-life Regression: A Handbook for Real People.
UNA is her first novel.