The singer-songwriter explained that her early career image made out that she was a "malleable singer", but that she really has a "feisty" personality.
"Nobody got to know me because I was a closed door," she told The Sun. "They thought I was this little, malleable singer who would do as she was told. Well, I wasn't.
"And shy? I may play quiet music but I'm a feisty thing. I wasn't a diva but I wasn't a pushover either."
Jones released her fifth studio LP Little Broken Hearts last week (April 30), a collaborative effort with Danger Mouse that tackles themes of revenge and murder.
On the album, she added: "When something comes to an end you go through different phases and feelings. You're sad, you're angry, you're 'going to get him' then you're 'going to get her'.
"Then you're sad again, then suddenly you're happy and it's all done with."
Jones explained that she found her immediate early success difficult to deal with, but added that she enjoys her career much more today.
"Looking back, I have no regrets really, apart from wishing I'd enjoyed some of that time a bit more," she said.
"I met so many people and visited so many new places but it's all a blur. That's why I enjoyed making Little Broken Hearts so much as I enjoy my career much more now.
"I don't feel in the public eye - except once in a while."
Norah Jones is set to land in the UK album chart Top 10 later today (May 6) with Little Broken Hearts.
Watch the video for Norah Jones's 'Happy Pills' below: