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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lorna Collier  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Collier was born in Illinois and currently resides in northern Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Collier is a writer and editor living near Chicago. Prior to starting her freelance career, she worked as a daily newspaper reporter, a magazine editor, and a TV news producer for an NBC affiliate. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BS. She majored in English and minored in journalism. As a freelance writer, she has writeen articles for many newspapers, magazines, and websites. Her first book is titled, ''Tilli's Story: My Thoughts Are Free''. It is about the life of Tilli Schulze, who grew up in a small East German farming village during World War II and the subsequent Soviet occupation. The book has been optioned for film by producer Kathryn Lekan, with German filmmaker Matthias Glasner set to begin work on a screenplay in 2012.

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Titles At Your Library

Tilli's Story: My Thoughts Are Free
ISBN: 1583480722

iUniverse Star. 2005

Tilli Horn is a five-year-old farm girl in a tiny village in eastern Germany when World War II begins. Her family opposes Hitler's Nazi Party, but is powerless to rebel. Tilli is forced to join a Hitler Youth group and participate in Nazi propaganda. As the war intensifies, she endures air-raid drills, nearby bombings, and constant fear. After the war ends, Russian soldiers invade Tilli's village, sending 11-year-old Tilli and a dozen other girls into hiding in a secret attic - a three-foot tall, dark, cramped space, where they remain for months lest they be assaulted. These and other details show what life was like for ordinary rural German children like Tilli under both Hitler and Stalin's regimes. Tilli's compelling memoir follows this brave young girl's fight to live in a place where not just her thoughts can be free. Recommended for teens and adults.



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