In the coming years Dr. Lucy C. Daniels plans to continue writing and hopes that her work will offer strength and support to others.
RALEIGH, NC, June 30, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Lucy C. Daniels, Ph.D., has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Daniels is renowned as a writer, philanthropist, and clinical psychologist with more than 40 years of clinical practice and seven books to her credit. Her writing career began in the late 1950s, during which time she was institutionalized after dropping out of high school suffering from severe anorexia nervosa. While living in an inpatient facility, Dr. Daniels completed her first novel, "Caleb, My Son," in 1965, a bestseller published internationally, set in the Jim Crow-era South.
The attention garnered by "Caleb, My Son," marked Dr. Daniels as a new literary voice of note, and she was presented with a 1957 Guggenheim fellowship making her the youngest-ever recipient of the award. In 1961, she published her follow-up novel, "High on a Hill," about life in a mental hospital. While it was critically well-received, Dr. Daniels, who had married and become the mother of two children by this time, decided she was not a writer.
Years later when she had four children she had to raise alone, Daniels earned her college degree (1972) and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology (1977) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In order to be effective as boh single mother and practicing psychologist, she also underwent psychoanalysis, which freed her writer's block. In 2002 she published her memoir, "With A Woman's Voice: A Writer's Struggle for Emotional Freedom". And in 2005 she published both her first novel in forty years, "The Eyes of the Father" and ''Dreaming Your Way to Creative Freedom", a guide to overcoming writer's block. Since then, besides continuing her work as a clinical psychologist, she has published two volumes of short stories, "Walking with Moonshine", in 2013 and "Maritime Magistery" in 2016.
In 1989 Daniels also became the noted founder of two nonprofits, a treatment center, the "Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood" and the "Lucy Daniels Foundation" which partners with Emory University in studying the relationships between writing and psychoanalysis. She has been recognized as a Distinguished Friend of Psychoanalysis by the American Psychoanalytic Association and as an Honorary Colleague of The Association for Child Psychoanalysis. In the coming years Dr. Daniels plans to continue writing and hopes that her work will offer strength and support to others. She is also a grandmother of eight.
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