Author bio for Nina Norstrom.
Synopsis (sell sheet) for Not a BluePrint: It’s the Shoe Prints That Matter.
- Interview with the Doug Dahlgren Show on March 31, 2017.
- Southern Writers The Author’s Magazine Article, March Issue 2017
- Crossroads Library Event flyer, January, 2017
- Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Event Announcement, October 22, 2016
- Interview with Richard Schiver, August 26, 2016
- Michelle Obama’s letter to Nina.
- Interview with Yvette Caslin for RollingOut.com, May 27, 2016
- Onsite interview with Dr. Imani Ma’at and Dedric Avery on WCEGTalkRadio.com, May 24, 2016
- The Sentinel, Show Advertisements, “Book Launch Announcement,” February 19, 2016
- The Sentinel, Show Advertisements, “Birth of a Book,” February 19, 2016
- VenueDog.com/Cobb-County, “Book Launch Announcement,” February 18, 2016
- VenueDog.com/Cobb-County, “Birth of a Book,” February 18, 2016
- Southern Writers Magazine, Featured Author Nina Norstrom, “Not a Blueprint / It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter,” Appear in issue for May 1, 2016
- Midwestbookreview.com, Reviewer: Diane Donovan, Editor, Release date for May 2016
Questions & Answers:
- Tell us about your storybook, what is it about? A non-fiction in its rawness of form. It’s our personal journey in a life laced with tainted and harmful relationships. And those crippling effects caused by engaging in unhealthy relationships. Its message reveal life brings many challenges and with each there are lessons learned. Inside the journey, readers will be introduced to coping mechanisms used to recognize the scope of relationships, evolving from toxic to non-toxic.
- Why did you write it? It was never my intention to write a story. I was just journaling for the sole purpose to comfort my emotional pain, nurture my wounds, and find a safe haven for the dark place I was in. While journaling, it was so therapeutic and became a way to escape. Writing therapy helped to understand those dysfunctional relationships and define where I was in life.We all go through stuff in life. But when you think there’s no way out, don’t give up. No matter what, there is a shining light at the end. And you don’t have to find it, it illuminates to find you. It’s a lesson I learned.
- Why would someone want to read it? The story speaks to life in general. It’s a replica of so many others who have walked the journey or a similar one. I tried to be as honest with the readers, as I could. It provides a formula for self-help, a measure of guidance, inspiration and learning tools.We can’t avoid encountering relationships period. But we can learn to recognize whether our relationships are healthy or unhealthy. And I can only hope readers gain an insight from those lessons we learned along our journey.
- The last half of the book is about your journey through diseased relationship and its struggles. What lessons did you gain from your experience? The biggest was that our children are so precious and those quality times with them are very valuable moments. So often, we take our children’s lives for granted. 2) For all those years, I was so angry with God for taking us on that journey, it wasn’t until I regained my faith I recognized how precious my relationship was with Him.
- What is it you want to say to victims who are fighting the battle with diseased relationships? When you can have a relationship with those toxic invaders and come out a survivor, you are ‘true’ heroes. As you walk the journey, know you’re never, ever alone. On behalf of my part: To transform the toxicity into something positive, a portion of proceeds will go to fund diseased relationships.
- What do you want to say to caregivers? There’s no greater job in life then when you carry that torch. You must continuously stay strong so our heroes can feed off of your energy and strength.
- What is the most important thing for a caregiver to do? Whether it’s a family member or friend who encounters the relationship, you need to give unconditional love and support. No matter how painful it is to watch them endure never, ever let them see you cry. But, if you must, cry in silence.
- You described a number of your relationships with men in the book. What do you want the reader to learn from your experiences? As teenagers, we can error in so many ways and on so many levels. My life style of bringing up a child wasn’t a healthy one – encountering the relationships. But I don’t regret having the life given to me as a parent. It’s just my choice of fatherhood wasn’t proper and healthy.
- It appears that many, if not most, of the men in your life were deadbeats of one kind or another. Why do you think that was? That’s such a difficult question to answer. Really, don’t think I’d classify any of them as deadbeats. They were professionals in their field, but the relationship itself was a dead one. Perhaps, we all just had some form of baggage that another wasn’t willing to accept. In any case, we couldn’t make it as a partner in life.
- What is the key to a healthy relationship with a man? The major key is work. To achieve a healthy relationship, it takes lots of nurturing and energy. Lots and lots of work go into maintaining pure lasting relationships. And that work comes from both parties. It can’t just be one-way. It’s constantly a two-way street. That road is a give and take highway; notwithstanding the willingness to compromise.
- How do you avoid a toxic relationship? With drama comes toxicity. So, I seek to stay away from the drama and negativity that one brings. Having been through the drama scene, I now live a drama free lifestyle. Most importantly, I’ve regained my faith and belief in God which has helped tremendously. And let go of all those raw and unhealthy emotions.
- When you think about your experience, what would you change, if you could? There would be two things: 1) having an involvement with the man I chose to father a child. 2) I’d focus way more on loving and nurturing the parent-child relationship versus chasing behind the “man-woman relationship.” Life gives us so little time with the ones that mean so much to us.
- What does the title mean? Not a Blue Print / It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter? a) We can sit down and map out a blueprint of our life . . . for the way we expect it to go. It’s not the blueprint that will determine our destiny. It will be the imprints from our shoe prints that expose the path to our life’s journey. b) A blue print has all the answers to tell how a structure is built. But it was our shoe prints that layout our story.