Talking Books with Daniela I. Norris, author of ‘Recognitions’
We have a special guest today! Daniela I. Norris, author of the inspirational women’s fiction novel, Recognitions, is here with us to talk about her book and I especially love her answer when I asked her about what deep dark secret she had. Enjoy the interview!
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:
Author: Daniela I. Norris
Publisher: Roundfire Books
Genre: Inspirational/Women’s Fiction
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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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Daniela! Can you tell us where you are from?
I am Israeli-Canadian, but lived in many places: Toronto, Tel Aviv, Luanda, Nairobi, Lima, Paris and most recently – near Geneva, Switzerland. I’ve been living here for ten years now – and it’s the longest I’ve lived anywhere! Perhaps it’s time to move again soon.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
It would be a bit of a spoiler if I answered this question at length, so I’ll just say that we sometimes feel as if we ‘recognize’ people who come into our lives, even if we’ve never met them before. At least not in this life.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
I love the design of the cover of Recognitions – it was designed by the very talented Nick Welch and has an 18th century sabre on it. It all becomes clear when you read the book – or actually – at the very end of the book.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
It might help you understand why you feel strong connections with certain people in your life!
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
I am not really into ‘spreading messages’ – I am hoping that every reader will take what feels right to them, and leave what doesn’t. The problem with some ‘inspirational’ books is that they can sometimes be ‘preechy’ – Recognitions is not at all about a ‘message’ but about telling a good story that will make readers think about their own experiences in life and draw their own conclusions.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
I loved writing the last chapter – it practically wrote itself. However, because Recognitions is the first of a trilogy it was somewhat difficult to decide where to stop, and not give out too much information about what happens next.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
Before Recognitions I’ve published a non-fiction spiritual journey book titled On Dragonfly Wings. However, because it is non-fiction, I felt that some people had difficulties connecting to a spiritual journey if it was presented as a ‘true story’ – which it was. I then decided to write about the same themes – past lives and the possibly pre-determined role of people in our lives – in fiction from. This way, as a novel, I am hoping that more people will feel comfortable reading about these themes.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
I think we can all recognize some people from our past lives if we pay attention…
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Tibet and Nepal – haven’t been yet and always wanted to go there. Perhaps a part-life connection?
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Definitely a night person, although having three young boys changed it for now. But I love the stillness of the night and the fact that I can connect undisturbed to all the stories that are waiting to be told.
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
My boys do, although I do feel that the traditional school system tends to stifle creativity. They’d be writing much more if allowed more freedom!
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Yes, and I still am one.
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
World peace. And an endless supply of books to read.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
Thanks for having me, your site is awesome!