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Uplifting biography by Ingrid Kern earns positive review from Kirkus Reviews

The semi-monthly book review magazine reviewed the Senior Olympian’s book.

Los Angeles, California, USA – WEBWIRE

Ingrid Kern’s victory over her personal obstacles proves a rewarding and fulfilling adulthood comes possible even after a painful childhood.  

“A guide for aspiring senior athletes and an inspirational shout-out to victims of abuse,” This is what Kirkus Reviews said of Ingrid Kern’s memoir “Triumph: Taming the Monster Within” (Dog Ear; 2016). Such is the honor for the author who had it hard in life.
“Triumph” tells how Kern, a model, senior Olympian, published author, award-winning poet, and real estate agent, overcame what she calls “the Monster within,” which is the fear that she was not good enough, she would not succeed, thus she might as well not try. The lack of self-esteem and belief in herself was caused by a highly abusive, alcoholic father who not only belittled her but also physically abused her. As she grew up, she constantly wrestled with “the Monster within.”
Though “Triumph” shares the memorable yet heartbreaking details of the author’s childhood and family life, the book details at length her life fast forward 2004, when she was living in Los Angeles and learned about the Senior Olympics from a casual acquaintance. Despite the demands on her time as a real estate agent, apartment manager, part-time interior design consultant, and author, she returned to training. The author also kept a journal, which details made it into the book.
“So much of the very ably written text is devoted to the minuscule details of her training program that readers not involved in athletics will likely become restless,” said Kirkus Reviews. “But her story of overcoming layers of damage caused by her father’s violent attacks is compelling.”

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Triumph: Taming the Monster Within
Written by: Ingrid Kern
Published by: Dog Ear Publishing
Published date: December 12, 2016
Paperback price: $16.95
About the author
Ingrid Kern grew up in Vienna, Austria, being physically, mentally and emotionally abused by her alcoholic father. After his death, she dropped out of school at age eighteen. She worked as a model in Europe and played on stage in Vienna for a season. Ingrid moved to New York and got married. After her divorce, she moved to Los Angeles, where her actual healing journey began. She has published books of poetry and self-healing: Volume One, Words From An Unchained Heart, What’s Your Monster’s Name? and 100 Whispered Words. She received several awards for some of her poems, including the Poet of Merit Award from the International Society of Poets for her poem “9/11”. Several of her poems have been featured in the Brentwood News. Ingrid lives in Los Angeles and shares her time working in real estate, managing a building, writing, and traveling. She loves animals.

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