Daniela I. Norris is a former diplomat, turned political writer, and with age and wisdom – inspirational author and speaker. Her award-winning stories, articles and essays have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies.
Published books include –
– Crossing Qalandiya – Exchanges Across the Israeli Palestinian Divide (Reprtage Press, 2010)
– On Dragonfly Wings – a skeptic’s journey to mediumship (Axis Mundi Books, 2014)
– Collecting Feathers: tales from The Other Side (Soul Rocks Books, 2014)
Recognitions, part of a trilogy, is her first novel.
Daniela lives with her family near Geneva, Switzerland, and is co-director of the Geneva Writers’ Conference and part of the International Grief Council panel (www.internationalgriefcouncil.org).
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About the Book:
Amelia Rothman, a foreign-rights editor from New York, has a turbulent personal life. She juggles a divorce and two teenage kids, and decides to seek hypnotherapy to help her deal with insomnia and anxieties. But when during the session an unexpected event emerges, she tries to understand how it is relevant to her current life and why it suddenly triggers a series of synchronicities that take her on an unexpected personal journey to the depth of her subconscious.
At once a spiritual and psychological novel, Recognitions explores the concepts of past lives, recognition of people and their roles in our present lives and life lessons.
Praise for Recognitions:
Think Cloud Atlas, a classic story of rebirth, many lives, and reincarnation on a level that involves protagonists in other lives – but take it a step further in Recognitions, the first novel in a trilogy, which presents a woman under hypnosis who sometimes encounters a French girl on the cusp of marriage and sometimes an African shaman facing a village’s struggles with illness and slavery.
Then take these diverse lives and weave them together in the story of a modern-day woman, Amelia (who must deal with these other lives and her own daily challenges, and who faces her own struggle to understand the connections and messages that lie in her dreams and hypnotic state), and you have an emotionally charged saga filled with three threads that lead back to one tapestry of wonder.
Under a different hand, this saga of birth, death, and afterlife could have easily proved confusing: it’s no simple matter to create three disparate, very different lives, and weave them together with purpose and discovery; no easy venture to bring all these pieces to life and then meld them into one… a story that is quietly compelling: a moving saga highly recommended for any reader interested in predetermination, past lives, and how three disparate worlds weave together.
— Midwest Book Reviews
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- Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Would you call yourself a born writer?
Probably, as I always knew I wanted to be a writer when I grow up. But I also knew I had to accumulate some life-experiences that I can write about, and so I’ve worked a dozen different jobs before I actually became a writer. These included waitressing, translation of movies for subtitles, five years as an air-hostess and even seven years as a diplomat!
What was your inspiration for RECOGNITIONS?
Recognitions is in fact based on some past-life-regressions I’ve had myself, although of course they are fictionalized. Also, I was always fascinated by the question of the roles certain people play in our lives – and writing a novel about it gave me the liberty to explore this question.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
I used to be a political writer, and the first book I published was co-authored with my friend Shireen Anabtawi, and was a political book. Then, following the sudden death of my younger brother Michael in a drowning accident in 2010, I realized that the bigger picture might not be in politics, and my themes shifted from political to inspirational.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
About two years, although I also published a collection of short stories – Collecting Feathers – while writing Recognitions. The short stories were mostly previously published ones, they appeared in magazines and anthologies, and I added a few new ones – also with inspirational themes.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I have three young boys so it is often difficult to find time to write. I use the time they go to school and kindergarten to write, and also the time when I wait for them outside school, or outside their various after-school activities.
My favorite writing time used to be 4am – until my latest boy was born. That sort of ended the 4am writing sessions – but I am hoping they will come back in the not-too-distant future!
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
I wanted to try and introduce themes such as past lives, past-life-regressions and the role of strangers in our lives to general readers, so my biggest challenge was to make sure the book is not too ‘out there’ for the general public. I hope I’ve succeeded in that!
What do you love most about being an author?
Being able to spend many hours with fictional characters, and having different writing projects. Each article, story or book is different, so I never get bored. And I also love reading for research – many of my books do require extensive research – which I enjoy very much.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
My first book was published in 2010 with Reportage Press – a small publisher in the UK. They went out of business soon after they published it (no connection there, just bad luck….) and I published my next three books with John Hunt Publishing, which like the Kafka story – is a publisher that has two doors, one for published authors and the other for those yet to be published.
JHP offer different contracts to different authors, depending on their writing credentials and projects, which I think is an innovative way to publish and gives a chance to many debut authors to make their first steps in the publishing world.
I am very happy with them, even more so as now that John Hunt – the very inspiring founder – retired, the company is run entirely by authors – who can get extra gigs in editing, proofing and even PR! It feels like a real community of authors, who help each other and chat on Facebook and on the JHP closed forum, which only JHP authors have access to.
Where can we find you on the web?
I have a website – www.danielanorris.com and a blog – www.tweetsfromtheafterlife.com and am always on Facebook – much more often than I ought to be – https://www.facebook.com/Daniela-I-Norris-179238064930/?ref=hl
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