Dani J. Norwell

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Dani J. Norwell is the author of Fairly Familiar: A Collection of Short Stories about family. As a writer of fiction and a sociologist, she explores themes of connection, disappointment, and personal development because of—and in spite of—our family bonds. Born and raised in the United States, Dani J. is now based in the south of Spain, where she also works as the co-creator and writer of the Sincerely, Spain blog. She enjoys reading, traveling, and seeking out dogs to pet on her walks around Granada.

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Dani J. Norwell I don't really feel like I "got the idea" this time; the theme of Fairly Familiar presented itself to me. Uncertain of what I should work on at the ti…moreI don't really feel like I "got the idea" this time; the theme of Fairly Familiar presented itself to me. Uncertain of what I should work on at the time, I was starting everyday with a prompted "free-write." I'd set my alarm for 15 minutes, then feverishly type whatever came to mind to complete the sentence I had randomly selected from a list of prompts. Many of these were rubbish but a handful really intrigued me and I realized, once I collected all of those good starts in one place, that the connecting theme was that they were all about family relationships. So that's how it got started.(less)
Dani J. Norwell In the immediate wake of launching Fairly Familiar, I've taken a bit of a creative break but I'm now back to my writing and working on some shorties f…moreIn the immediate wake of launching Fairly Familiar, I've taken a bit of a creative break but I'm now back to my writing and working on some shorties for my next collection.(less)
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Pretty much anyone in-the-know advises against writing in multiple genres if you want to be a successful writer. The reasons they say this are perfectly valid...but I still don't plan to follow the advice—here's why!
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“It actually doesn’t matter if you take solace in religion, support groups, or embroidery. The important part is that you find solace for yourself.”
Dani J. Norwell, Fairly Familiar: A Collection of Short Stories

“She was heading off on an adventure all on her own—well, accompanied by Mom and Dad—and anything could happen. She smiled at the possibilities and hit the open road.”
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“Her heart pounded; her adrenaline rushed. The calm crashing of the ocean waves was completely drowned out by bass-heavy pop mixes pumping out of the stereo systems that seemed to span the coastline. As she tried to take in full, deep breaths to calm her racing mind, things only became worse as the crowds of glitter, loud colors, and bows began spinning all around her. This was cheer world.”
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