“My journey began because I love to be a storyteller.”
Thursday, 17th October was a wonderful author’s night at the Parkes Library with a full COVID safe audience of 20.
New Zealand born author Heather Norris told us of how she began her writing career four years ago with her debut historical fiction novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz via a video link. Her debut became one of the bestselling books of the 21st century.
“I am passionate about survival, which is the basis of my books,” she said introducing her third book, a non-fiction collection of stories of survival and hope called ‘Stories of Hope’.
“Listen to people’s stories – your children, the elderly and yourself. What does your heart/head say? Use as an end, an object or photo. Pick it up and ask: ‘what is this, where did this come from, is it a family treasure or heirloom? A good way to begin a story is by listening.”
“My mantra is a quote by the Dalai Lama: ‘When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.’”
A compelling and lively question and answer session followed Heather’s talk.
By Heather Veal