Melanie Mehrer’s first novel about getting off the beaten path

Bakum – People all over the world seem to be completely at odds with each other. Conspiracy theories, war scenarios, and the abuse of human power are making ever more divided. But are we really that divided? Or is the all-consuming flame of love still burning inside each one of us and we just need to open up a little more? Melanie Mehrer (1985) decided to write a novel based on these themes. Her book “The Making of Illusion” has become a fascinating and well-known story about truth, perception, concerns, and consciousness.

By Raymond Buss

Melanie has never written a book before. She grew up in Akersloot and pursued various studies, after which she did various activities. From a veterinary assistant to an employee of a publishing house, a series of positions passed under review, but they never lasted more than a year and a half. “We spend most of our time doing something we don’t really like, for money. I did that, because I couldn’t find another solution.” In 2014, Melanie became the mother of son Gorey, and three years later her daughter Anne Marine was born. She decided to focus entirely on motherhood, while it was her partner who provided the income. Meanwhile, a strange operation was going on in her head, which caused Melanie to start writing. “There was a story in my head and it had to come out. I actually heard voices in my head. Whole dialogues were being made, which drove me crazy. For a moment I thought I was going crazy. But then I figured out something: if I wrote what those voices were saying, it would stop.” I started writing and when I read it again three hours later, I couldn’t remember writing it.”


The polarization in society appears to be widening. This fact was an important topic that Melanie dealt with in her book. “People constantly assume things from each other without examining them themselves. I think we are all equal at heart, but we differ in beliefs we take for granted. In recent years I’ve heard the term wappies more and more. Although these little things see a big part of reality There’s a problem, too. They assumed a truth so sinister that it took hold of them. It’s all about consciousness. You need that awareness to get out of your box, but with the wappies, that process has gone too far. My message with this book is to follow the golden mean.”


The main character in the book is Raphael, a guitarist from Los Angeles who we follow through various crucial stages of his life. The book alternately transitions from the tumultuous 1960s to the period around 2008 and beyond. Part of the story takes place in the war-torn former Yugoslavia. In order to properly portray this part of the story, Melanie has interviewed several people from that region beforehand. But why Yugoslavia specifically? I don’t know that exactly. When I enter Croatia, I feel like coming home. Perhaps that was literally the case, because my mother once let it get away because I was born there. “Melani herself never believed that the inhabitants of the Yugoslav countries in the 1990s consciously chose to want each other. A butcher.” The mechanism began to turn people against each other. People in Croatia saw pictures on television of dead people in the streets and were told that Serbs did it. In Serbia they saw exactly the same pictures, but they heard that the Croats did it. ”


Many people are looking for explanations for things and need confirmation that they are right. Quote from the book: “Always sticking to what you know, what you can prove, you are limiting your reality and yourself.” Melanie: “Think of it as an invitation to enter the puzzle. In your life, the field of limitless possibilities. Another quote: “When money has the upper hand, love is often hard to find.” Melanie laughs: “When I wrote that, I was still safe in my house In Yemen, with an Audi in front of the door.” In the end, writing the book literally brought her into a new stage of life. “Through writing I became the person I used to be. Although I was successful within the system, it did not please me. I chose to prioritize writing over everything else. The two separated in good harmony and Melanie has lived in Bakum ever since.


Through writing I realized: “Often our deepest desires are not clear to us because they are overshadowed by socially desirable behavior. We constantly try to influence each other by trying to establish our reality. But then leave no room for another reality. And that reality may actually be better for us. For you.” With music as a metaphor for life itself, Melanie tells a compelling story in The Industry of Illusion, while at the same time making readers think about the way they live their lives. stand up. “Only when you step out of the rat race that we have created in our society do you begin to see the true possibilities. Then you are able to command the chaos of the unknown. With valuable insights and unconditional love as a result.” (Photo: Bos Media Services)

The book “The Making of Illusion” will be officially presented on Sunday, May 22nd at 4 pm in Bekom. If you wish to attend, you can register via and you will receive the location and other details. The book is available at Castricum in Legends of Music (Burgemeester Mooijstraat 29a), Kantoorboekhandel Laan (Burgemeester Mooijstraat 19), The Read Shop (Geesterduin 45) and Primera (Gesterduin 10). The book can be ordered online at

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