Sunday, January 31, 2016

PUYB Chats With Daniela I. Norris, author of 'Recognitions'

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 (

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About the Book:

Title: Recognitions
Author: Daniela I. Norris
Publisher: Roundfire Books
Pages: 200
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: Can you tell us why you wrote your book?

Recognitions is my first novel, and I wrote it because the topics of past lives and the possible role of people in our current lives always fascinated me. I tried to touch on these subjects in a collection of short stories I published in 2014, but a novel just felt like a more natural way of telling the story. One novel turned into three, and so Recognitions is in fact the first of a trilogy.

Q: Which part of the book was the hardest to write?

The end was the hardest to write, because knowing that there are two more books coming up, I had to decide what to give away (and what not). There are some questions left open, and they will be answered in parts 2 and 3 of the trilogy.

Q: Does your book have an underlying message that readers should know about?

I believe that some people have specific roles in our lives, and are there in order to help us on our life’s journey, whether they know it or not. Are these roles coincidental or predetermined? This is for the readers to explore and decide.

Q: Do you remember when the writing bug hit?

At about age 5, when I first learned to write. I still have notebooks with silly little stories and poems I wrote between the ages of 5 and 10.

I always knew that I wanted to become a writer when I am older, but I also knew that I needed to gain some experience in life in order to have writing subjects that are interesting enough to read!

Q: Besides books, what else do you write?  Do you write for publications?

I write articles, short stories and essays – all for publication. There is nothing wrong with writing for yourself, or for family and friends to read, of course. But for me, seeing my books in print is a real thrill and was always my objective – and so I tried to pick topics that will interest others to read about.

Q: Do you have a writing tip you’d like to share?

The secret to writing – is simply writing. The more you write, the better chance that something worth reading will come out.
A page of writing can always be edited and improved upon – a blank page can’t!

Q:  Would you like to tell us about your home life?  Where you live?  Family?  Pets?

I have three boys and a dog – and live in a small village not far from Geneva, Switzerland. Before I moved here ten years ago, I lived in Paris, Lima, Luanda, Toronto and Tel Aviv. So – obviously – I like to travel!

Q: What do you do to get away from it all?

I love walking in the mountains, and I also love reading and yoga. So I guess my ideal getaway would be a yoga retreat in the mountains, with a good book to read!

Q: What was the first thing you did as far as promoting your book?

I am not that keen on promotion but understand it is an indispensible part of publishing. I do like book events and talking to people, so the first thing I did was to book a series of events!

Q: Are you familiar with the social networks and do you actively participate?

I am indeed on twitter and facebook but I must admit I can not quite understand the former, but am addicted to the latter. You can connect with me here and here @DanielaINorris but please be patient with me if I am a bit slow on Twitter!

Q: How do you think book promotion has changed over the years?

I am not quite sure about the new-ish obsession with reviews, it forces authors to beg readers to review their book. While I do hope readers enjoy Recognitions, I also understand that not everyone has the time or inclination to go and review every book they read. That said – if you do feel inclined to write a short review – I would be much obliged!

Q: What is the most frustrating part of being an author?

For me it’s the need to publicize, even to ‘shout out’ about your book so people can hear about it. However, there’s a fun part to it, too – and for me it is connecting with real people all over the world. So I am not complaining!

Q: What is the most rewarding?

Connecting with people from all over the world and knowing that someone I’ve never met might find something small in one of my books that would perhaps inspire them.

Q: How do you think book publishing has changed over the years?

It’s amazing how the online community and social media has changed things -

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world other than where you are right now, where would that place be?

I actually really like where I am right now, but I’d love to visit Tibet one day in the not-too-distant-future!

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Daniela.  Do you have any final words?

Thank you for reading, I do hope you enjoy reading Recognitions.

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