Interview with Noa Daniels

What is your writing process?
When I write poetry, an idea, a situation, a conversation, a song or merely a moment will inspire me. When I feel deeply about something, the poem just begins to flow and I attempt to capture the feeling and the words. I am a notorious scribbler, so I try to keep a pen and paper around for when the idea strikes. I have been known to write on grocery receipts, napkins, any random bit of paper, when I'm driving, when I'm almost asleep, just about anywhere and in any circumstance.

The process of writing is kind of crazy, and everyone's process is different. For me, it's like listening to " voices." I let them do all the talking. I'm the note taker. I feel an author is just a speaker of the voices that he or she hears. For me, that 's where all the fun comes in, following the trail to see where they take me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My childhood began in the countryside of Virginia. I was the youngest child in my family so I spent a lot of time outdoors, often by myself. I believe playing outdoors is what developed my visual side. I have a deep love of nature and its intricate details. I began to draw at the age of four. I am an artist, a painter, and an amateur photographer.

My family left Virgina when I was quite young and after living in Colorado for a year, we eventually settled in South Carolina. The actual process of moving gave me a love of travel, but also confronted me with an "outsider" point of view. All of these things have influenced my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at the age of eight. I was inspired by a teacher's reading of a poem. I can't remember what poem she read, I just remember telling God I wanted to be able to write like that. I also asked Him to let me be able to hit the higher notes in the song, "Away in the Manger" so I wouldn't have to sing with the boys.

I immediately went out and wrote a poem about a pony in a parking lot. I may still have it somewhere. Hitting the higher notes in "Away in the Manger," however, took a lot more time and practice. Although my ability to hit the higher notes in a song is much improved, I can still sing with the boys.
Describe your desk
I don't actually have a desk. My computer sits on a counter top, and once I log on, I step out of my environment into a whole other world. I love technology.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"The Common Ground" is the first of three books. It is comprised of poetry which I've written my entire life. "The Common Ground" is a kind of journal of a young woman beginning around the age of sixteen and continuing through her adulthood.

I am a strong visual thinker; and I attempt to capture the thoughts, the reactions and the emotions of a moment or situation in words.
My poetry is to me what a snapshot is to a camera.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was motivated to become an indie author because I could not find a place for my voice. My poetry is in the "popular" genre (which also comprises popular song lyrics). When I attempted to find a publisher, I found it was quite difficult. Many publishers won't look at poetry. Many of the markets that do publish poetry are more interested in poetry which, for lack of a better description, is more literary in its form, I guess, than mine.

I like to think of myself as a "Norman Rockwell" of poetry. I have a great desire to reach out into the world and say, "Look, we're all connected. We all have things in common, no matter who we are. We are valuable, and we have something to give to each other. Everyone of us is unique and yet, we share common experiences. We are here to contribute to our world. We truly need each other."

Smashwords.com is a great vehicle for me. As an indie author, I can bypass the closed doors and take my voice straight to the people that I want to hear it. They can be the judge of my work, to like it or hate it, but at least I have the opportunity to express it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is the challenge of capturing a moment and sharing it with others in the hope that they may relate. And that through this expression, we might identify with each other.

I love the idea of knowing the people of the past. I enjoy genealogy. I think it would be so cool to be able to know the intimate thoughts and experiences of everyday people who have lived in times past. I like the idea that perhaps one day somewhere in the future, a man or a woman would read my poetry and know something of the person I am. All art does that. The accomplishment of art is to leave an imprint of life through the interpretation of the artist.
What do your fans mean to you?
Since the" Common Ground" is my first publication, I can only say that I sincerely hope I have fans. To be able to connect with them and feel that we are all a part of each other, would be (hopefully will be) a wonderful experience. I'd love to have a global family made up of fans. The thought of that is way beyond my expectation and comprehension. What a great surprise that would be for me.

Putting myself out there is really scary and yet, I am putting aside that fear to reach out to others.

This whole experience reminds me of the scene in the movie, Notting Hill (1999) where the actress, Anna Scott says, "After all... I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. "

For me, and I'm guessing for many first time authors, it's a similar feeling. It feels like you are basically standing on a stage in front of the whole world, people you know, people you don't know, and let's face it, who among us have not felt that heavy hand of criticism, rejection or judgement before? So here you are, bringing your "heart in your hand", so to speak, and stepping out there. Maybe I'm making "a mountain out of mole hill" (now there's an expression for you), but for me, publishing is really scary and exciting and wrapped up in that whole " what's gonna happen?" anticipation.
What are you working on next?
"The Common Ground" is the first of three books of poetry. I am currently working on the second book titled, "Heartbeats and Teardrops."
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Neil Gaiman, Emily Dickinson, Rudyard Kipling, Kahlil Gibran, Rod McKuen, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Robert Ludlum, Mary Higgins Clark and Nora Roberts. I also grew up with and love fairy tales, nursery rhymes and international children's stories.
Published 2014-12-11.
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Books by This Author

The Common Ground
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,200. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
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Romance, passion, break ups, make-ups, relationships, love and living. These are the voices of every day hearts finding their way through life. Expressions and observations of the situations and relationships we encounter, ". . . we are mysteriously interwoven, connected by the humanity of which we are made." Come, cry, laugh and explore life. These poems will reach out and touch you.