Thursday, February 4, 2016

10 Confessions: Daniela I. Norris, author of 'Recognitions'

10 Confessions from Authors is our newest feature!  Here you will find authors from all walks of life and all genres telling us their top ten confessions.  Our guest today is Daniela I. Norris, author of the inspirational women's fiction, Recognitions.

1)      Recognitions is based on several past-life-regressions I’ve had myself – but is of course fictionalized.
2)      Although I’ve published 3 books before Recognitions, it is my first published novel – which in a way feels like having published my very first book!

3)      I got hooked on the sport of fencing in recent years, when my oldest son Roman, now 12, started competing.

4)      The Asperger’s theme in the novel is not coincidental – I have a good friend who is an Aspie, and this inspired me to include the theme in Recognitions.

5)      I think many fencers in fact hide behind the mask – it’s easier to be someone else when you don’t have to show your face!

6)      Recognitions is the first of a trilogy.
7)      I am now working on the next book, called Premonitions. It will have some interesting surprises, including a lot of shamanism.

8)      I love being able to spend many hours with fictional characters, it’s great fun.
9)      There’s nothing I love more than starting the day with a yoga class or just early-morning-yoga.

10)  I believe that certain people are in our lives for a reason – and we often have to wait a long time before we discover what that reason is.

About the Author

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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