Thursday, August 19, 2021

Q&A with Eyal N. Danon




Eyal N. Danon is the author of the new novel The Golden Key of Gangotri. He also has written the book Before the Kids and Mortgage. He is a life coach and is the founder of Ignite Advisory Group, and he lives in New Jersey.


Q: What inspired you to write The Golden Key of Gangotri, and how did you create your character Harley? 


A: The inspiration for the story was a hiking trip that I have completed to the Gangotri glacier, the source of the Ganges River in the Indian Himalayas. I was stuck in a similar snowstorm on route to the ice cave, and this ancient pilgrimage route inspired me to write this book. 


In terms of Harley, the inspiration was a young woman by the name of Andrea that I met while hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. While she wasn’t looking for her missing father, she was looking to find a sense of meaning and purpose in her life, after experiencing several setbacks.


Q: Did you know how the story would end before you started writing the book, or did you make many changes along the way?

A: I had no idea how the  story would end, but knew that I wanted an end that will be open for interpretation, not something conclusive and final.


Q: Did you need to do any research to write the novel, and if so, did you learn anything that especially surprised you?  


A: I actually hiked to the source of the Ganges River, so that part didn’t need any research; however, I did some research on the largest Hindu festival in the world, the Kumbh Mela, and was surprised to learn that as many as 120 million pilgrims attend this gathering!


Q: What do you hope readers take away from the story?  


A: There is always an opportunity to forgive yourself and start over, even if you think that it’s not possible anymore; and that following your dreams is a worthwhile effort, especially if everyone around you tells you that it can’t be done.


Q: What are you working on now? 


A: I am working on my third book, The Principle of 18, a unique life-stages system based on fulfilling the promise of each major stage in our lives.


Q: Anything else we should know?


A: I have backpacked around the world for one year with my wife and published a nonfiction travel memoir called Before the Kids and Mortgage.


--Interview with Deborah Kalb

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