Brief Biography

Ingrid Rimland was a child during World War II, born to German-descent Mennonite wheat farmers in the Ukraine who had been persecuted in the Soviet Union for their pacifist beliefs. The end of World War II saw her and her family undertake a 1000 mile trek back to the homeland of their forefathers, now a devastated wasteland.From there, still a youngster, she moved with her family and friends to the rain forests of Paraguay to pioneer the jungle and live, as her grandmother put it,". . . far from the wicked world."

It was a simple, barefoot life. Ingrid married there and started a family, only to discover shortly thereafter that life had handed her a struggle that would make all her childhood hardships pale by comparison. For while Ingrid was endowed with all the riches of a strong and questing mind, her first son's mind was "absent"-- or so all the "specialists" said.

She was young, poor and in pain but determined to make her child well. She came to Canada in 1960 and to the United States in 1967. With no more than three years' worth of grammar school, she talked her way into a university because she knew: "That is where I belong." From Ann Landers's column, at the age of 31, she learned the rudiments of English.

Four years later she graduated from Wichita State University--magna cum laude and tenth place in a class of 400. Two additional years gave her a master's degree, followed by a doctorate in 1979.

Eight years after she wrote her first coherent sentence in English, she had an award-winning ethnic novel, winning the prestigious California Literature Medal Award as the best fiction writer in that state for 1977.

Ingrid Rimland has a kaleidoscopic story to tell. She has thrilled audiences across this country with an account of a courageous struggle against overwhelming odds. You will never forget Ingrid Rimland as she tells how she baked her wedding cake in an anthill.



Ingrid Rimland has authored several books as well as hundreds of articles and columns; additionally, she has assisted in manuscript preparation and editing for others, primarily in the medical field. Below is a partial listing:


The Wanderers - a novel
Concordia Publishing House, 1977
Bantam Books, 1978

an historical account in fictitious form about the Mennonite exodus out of the Ukraine in 1943. A three-generational story of three strong, determined women who survived. 
Concordia Publishing House, 1977, hardcover 
Bantam Books, 1978, paperback

Readers react:

". . . What I liked best about your book is that you tell about an ethnically cohesive group that did not sell out on its values . . . "

". . . I now appreciate my German heritage as I never did before. This book has brought home to me that there were German soldiers seen as liberators, not destroyers !" 

.   The Furies and the Flame – an autobiography
Arena Press, 1984, hardcover 

Readers react:

". . . a soaringly passionate epic about one courageous woman's battle to find love, identity and meaning in a world hostile to her aspirations. A remarkable woman who has put the substance of her life into the kind of narrative that grips us with the candor of its confession and the power of its perception. . ."

". . . I feel as if I know the author because she writes with such passion, clarity and energy. . . "

". . . no other book has hit me as this one did. No other writer has ever shared as the author did. "Furies" haunts me, bothers me, pains me--so why, then, is it so beautiful . . .?"

"Lebensraum!" - an ethnic trilogy about a German-based wheat farming empire in the Midwest

(banned in Canada as “hate literature” at the request of B’nai Brith)
Samisdat Publishers, 1998


Children in Focus 
Stockton Record, 1981 

Beautiful People and Books 
Stockton Record, 1982 

Stockton Magazine, 1982 

Exclusively Yours 
Stockton Lifestyle, 1985


Mennonite Images - edited by Dr. Harry Loewen, Chairman of the Department of Mennonite Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Hyperion Press, 1980 

Sprache als Heimat - edited by the International Association of German Media, Westkreuz Verlag, Bonn, 1980

Book Reviews

Regular contributions to the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Des Moines Register, Kansas City Star, Fresno Bee and Stockton Record

Miscellaneous Publications

Numerous features, articles, profiles and essays published by or about Ingrid Rimland in dozens of papers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada

Editorial Work and Manuscript Preparation in the Medical Field

Sajj Dharnidharka, M.D. - Stockton, CA 

Lorraine Day, M.D. - Rancho Mirage, CA 

Theresa L. Crenshaw, M.D. San Diego, CA


Awards and Honors

"The Wanderers"

The California Literature Medal Award for ". . . best first novel by a California writer in 1977. . ." 

The Gold Biennial Award given by the National League of American Pen Women (Honorable Mention) 1978.

The most acclaimed of Ingrid Rimland's books, this novel is a fictitious account of her Mennonite grandmother's life. Now in its third printing, this book has sold more than 100,000 copies and is still in steady demand. 

"The Furies and the Flame" - Autobiography

Optioned for a Movie of the Week - (Fries Entertainment Inc., 1985).

Described as ". . . anything but dull!. . . " this book tells of a young woman's struggle to give her son a life worth living and herself permission to become what she was meant to be.

For "Sprache als Heimat" - Essay

Third Prize in an international, 24 contry competition, sponsored by IADM, an association of German-language newspapers and electronic media.

For "Children in Focus" - Educational Column

Honorable Mention in a journalism competition sponsored by the National League of American Pen Women, 1982.

Miscellaneous Honors

Elected to Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Kappa, Mortar Board. 

Numerous Women's Awards, including 

"Woman of Achievement" and "Woman of Distinction," awards bestowed by Soroptimists International 

California Senate Commendation for "Bay Area Business Woman"

Honorary Member of MENSA 


B.A., Wichita State University, 1971;

M.A., University of the Pacific, 1973; 

Ed.D., University of the Pacific, 1979



Ingrid Rimland is a consummate media person, with hundreds of features coast to coast.

Interviewers comment:

Fresno Bee: ". . . Ingrid Rimland generates so much energy that she practically glows in the dark . . ." 

Seattle Times: ". . . A story of achievement against intimidating odds . . ." 

Long Beach Press-Telegram: ". . . her story is one of pain and hardship, despair and ostracism, work and devotion, survival and success. . . " 

San Francisco Examiner: ". . . here, you are soon aware, is a stubborn, driven survivor who has fought her way through a life as dramatic as the answers she suggests . . . " 

Below is a partial listing of various media sources.

Syndicate Media

An extended feature article describing Ingrid Rimland's odyssey as depicted in "The Furies and the Flame" was carried in the following:

Copley News Service - Robert Studer, Bureau Chief 

The Verduga Group - Deb Miller, Feature Writer 

Additionally, numerous broadcasts over many stations featured Ingrid Rimland, including:

Copley Radio Network - 

An interview with Ingrid Rimland was carried by 700 stations in the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Guam, Samoa, Thailand and West Germany. 
Host: Patrick Glynn

Voice of Freedom 

Repeat world-wide satellite programs and numerous radio programs

Features, Articles and Book Reviews

Los Angeles Times

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Examiner

San Diego Union-Tribune

Long Beach Telegram

Washington Post 

Seattle Times

Lutheran Witness

Kansas City Star

Sacramento Bee

Fresno Bee

Modesto Bee

Tracy Press

Manteca Bulletin 

Lodi Sentinel

Stockton Record

Tri-City Journal

Hillsboro Argus

Clovis Independent

Sacramento Union

Medford Tribune

Chattanooga Times

Vancouver Columbian


The Call

The Shepherdess

The Missourian

Columbia Times

Freeman Argus

Yankton Observer

The Northridger

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Arlington Observer

Oroville Mercury 

Chicago Suburban

Martinez News Gazette 

The Independent 

Wausau Herald

Auxiliary Shepherdess

Boutique and Villager

Rossmoor News

LD Journal


Stockton Magazine

Turlock Journal 

The Mail Tribune

ACLD Newsbriefs 

World Vision 

The Desert Sun 

St. Paul Dispatch 

ACLD Perspective 

Mennonite Reporter

Tiger Tracks 

Columbia Daily


Daily Leader

Tulelake Reporter

Lost River Star 

Del Mar Blade-Citizen

The North County Times

Nationalist Times


Christian News

California Staatszeitung

Amerika Woche

Media Bypass

. . . and many others!

Miscellaneous Radio and Television

Hundreds of radio and television shows too numerous to mention across the United States and Canada . . .



International Keynotes

Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, 1984 

Parent Care, 1988 

Hutterite Teachers Convention, 1994

Colleges and Universities

Bethel College 

California Lutheran College 

Freeman Junior College 

Indiana University 

Iowa State University 

Missouri University 

Ottawa University 

Pacific College 

Pacific Lutheran College

Pierce College 

Stanford University 

Tabor College 

University of Minnesota 

University of North Dakota at Fargo 

University of the Pacific 

University of Winnipeg 

University of Wisconsin

Webster College 

Western Illinois University 

Wichita State University 

Winnipeg Mennonite Brethren College

Educational Organizations

Statewide keynotes and workshops for the National Education Association:









NEA-North Dakota

Hundreds of keynotes, workshop, in-service presentations etc. for school board associations, school administrators, pupil personnel, teacher associations, high school assemblies etc.

Women's Organizations

Numerous keynotes, luncheon and banquet programs, achievement award events etc. for:

American Association of University Women 

American Business Women's Association 

Business and Professional Women's Clubs 

Federally Employed Women 

Federated Women's Clubs 

Soroptimist International 

Women's Chamber of Commerce 

Zonta International

Service Clubs etc

Hundreds of keynotes, luncheon and banquet programs, achievement award events etc. for:

Rotary Clubs

Kiwanis Clubs 

Sertoma International 

Optimist Clubs 

Elks Fraternities

. . . and many, many others!



Virginia Carrieri, Program Chair, AAUW / El Cerrito:

"We loved you! And we enjoyed your presentation ever so much! Believe me, we will look forward to having you come again!" 

Kathryn Swanson, Women's Resource Center, California Lutheran University:

"Creative Options was attended by 700 women and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

“Ingrid was lively, articulate and inspiring, which is just what we wanted for the opening session of our day!"

Doris Pichley, National League of American Pen Women, Sacramento Branch:

"It was a delight and honor to meet you! You represent the cream of Pen Women, whether formally one of us or not. We have not had such a response since I have been in Pen Women--six years!”

Emilie Reedy, Governor, Soroptimists International, Sierra Nevada Region:

"You are one great lady - I enjoyed your presentation even more the second time than the first - and you really closed our regional conference with such a warm emotional presentation! 

“I have received letters from Soroptimist visitors to our region from Arizona and other places that intend to contact you for some of their special programs.”

Patsy Ferguson, Soroptimists, Elk Grove:

"I can't begin to tell you how much we enjoyed you and your presentation. You really ‘knocked our socks off!’ 

“Speakers and stories come and go - you and your story are so memorable that we'll never forget!" 

Carol Wagner, Soroptimists, Pleasanton:

"Your life has been a challenge, and for you to share it is really an educational experience for us all!" 

Pastor Federika, Unitarian Universalist Church/Ventura:

"What a pleasure it was meeting you and having you share your story with the congregation. Your difficulties and challenges are almost impossible to absorb. 

“I hope that we have been added to those who celebrate with you your great courage." 

Jack Rockwell, Program Chairman, Rotary Club of Whittier:

"Words are not adequate to express the appreciation felt by our Rotarians for your superb presentation at our club. Yours was one of the best programs we have ever had." 

Wayne Jehoich, President, Rotary Club of Los Alamitos:

"We who were born and / or raised in America tend to forget how good we do have it - and your program just reminded us of it." 

Gerald Coulter, Director, Pacific Southwest Regional, Sertoma International:

"Your presentation was the highlight for the La Sertoma members who attended the Saturday luncheon." 

Milt Kegley, President, Rotary Club of Oakland:

"It is inspiring to be in the presence of someone who has refused to submit to forces that might cause others to give up. We truly look forward to that Great American Novel.” 

Yvonne Adan, Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce:

"Your presentation was an inspiration to all of us that even the ‘impossible’ is possible! Good luck to you, and continue to shoot for that Pulitzer Prize!" 

Harry Boerner, President, Sertoma Club of Long Beach:

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for having been our speaker at the Interservice Club Luncheon. Many personally expressed their enjoyment of your program to me." 

Edith Lessenden, AAUW / Topeka:

"Your speech to the KABA was simply fabulous! I was so proud of you and delighted to be able to hear you in person. 

“You really held the audience spellbound, and when everyone gave you a standing ovation, it was just a normal response to an excellent presentation." 

Mary Johnson, ABWA / Silicon Valley Chapter:

"All our members and guests enjoyed your presentation. You shared so much of yourself with us and kept us thoroughly entertained. I am already enjoying your book." 

Christine Decker, Soroptimists/Hayward:

"Your presentation remains a topic of lively conversation, and I know that many of the ladies were deeply moved by your presentation." 

Berta Parker, AAUW / Sonoma Branch:

"What an afternoon that was two weeks ago when you were our guest speaker! Over and over again I have been hearing that that was the best and most compelling program that we have ever had!" 

Maudie Long, Soroptimists / Carson City:

"As mentioned previously, I tried to find an adjective that best describes you, but I needed three: They are remarkable, superable and fantastic!" 

Sara Dunlap, President, Women in Chambers of Commerce:

"I liked you immediately and I hope to claim you as a friend. I love your rebellious spunk!" 

- and many, many others!