Nina Norstrom


The author, Nina Norstrom, grew up in a small suburban town outside Chicago, Illinois. She received her bachelor’s degree from Concordia University. Norstrom is affiliated with and a member of various writers’ groups. In 1992, she started journal writing to help find solace. But it wasn’t until 2010 that she was able to publish her first writing experience. The book, "Not a Blueprint: It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter, A Journey Through Toxic Relationships," is a representation of her growth and signifies a milestone in her recovery from toxic relationships, to the transition of non-toxicity.
Nina says, “Medically, this whole program of journaling has been a healing process. It has helped to shape and transform a toxic journey into a prescription for healthy emotional wellness. Truly, I’ve been blessed to have seen light at the end of a tunnel ─ and knowing I’ve reached a level of personal growth.”

“It was through my dark journey, I’d learned a powerful lesson: God never gives up on us. And it’s that reason alone why we should never give up on ourselves.”

Personable, compassionate, and direct . . .
She is a passionate champion for many noteworthy causes, including those battling toxic relationships. When not reading or writing, she can be found mountain climbing, taking long walks in a park or alongside a beach, sitting at an entertainer’s concert, supporting an author at their book event, somewhere traveling, and even jumping in to exert her energy by doing volunteer work, at a variety of venues.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small suburban town outside Chicago, IL. My writing was a result of my journey that I took through my teen years to adult lifestyle.
What is your writing progress?
Update - On My Next Manuscript: I'm just full of joy! I’ll be starting the process with the Editor; and it's about time. Well, that's what it will take for us to tweak it - sometime (lol). All this time, I've been working diligently on this piece along with the (Spanish) Translator, Caridad Lebbad. I'm just so grateful to have her as part of the team. Now, I have to get in there and roll my sleeves as I pump this baby out to the Doc (Editor). In all fairness, this baby probably won't be birth until sometime next year. But I'm okay with that! As we know (Authors), writing those pages just don't pop out overnight. To get a finished project, we got to work it, work it and work it. So when it's all bundled together, this baby will be delivered (i.e., published) by BQB Publishing Company. And as we move through the stages, I will keep you posted.
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Where to buy in print


Not a Blueprint: It's the Shoe Prints That Matter A Journey Through Toxic
Price: $16.95 USD. Words: 6,570. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Family tragedy, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Dysfunctional relationships
The story in its raw image projects a remarkable voice to the heroic fight and bravery gained when striking back to wipe out the toxicity of deadly relationships. Through its reading, you will discover the importance that life brings many challenges, and that each challenge provides lessons to be learned.
The Big
Price: $14.95 USD. Words: 1,710. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Absentee parents
Readers could use our journey as a learning vehicle. The path traveled maybe the road where others have walked along the way, so THEY too are not alone., it should grab their interest to know my mind and spirit was totally out there while writing this story. And perhaps, not the most polished work at that point. Oh yes, there is sensitive language part involved.

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Smashwords book reviews by Nina Norstrom

  • Backyard Horse Tales 2: Frosty and the Nightstalker on Nov. 25, 2012

    Title: Backyard Horse Tales 2 Frosty and the Night Stalker Publication date: 10/11/12 ASIN: B009QOFKGA A Kindle Edition This story opens in the time of May 1968 at a place called Hi Lo Farms. It’s a non-fiction, fantasy tale of a horse and/or horses. And is presented in a 1st person structure – and this format is spoken from the mouth of the horse (an animal’s view). In its reading, the reader will definitely take a journey through space and time. One doesn’t have to be a horse lover to get pleasure out of its story. The book will give enjoyment to ALL who reads its tale. While reading the story, one may want to stop reading just to embrace its pictorial characters. (The Author and Illustrator have done a marvelous job in capturing the drawings, I think.) Personally, I could visualize this book being housed on every school shelf – to be read during scheduled “story time” periods. I commend the Author for her descriptive manner. The structure is well-written, and does put one in the moment. Truly, great job for both the Writer and Illustrator.
  • Uncharted Storms: Short Stories of Hearts at Risk on April 29, 2014

    It’s a Fiction of Adventurous Stories True this story is full of romance, love, animals and paranormal events . . . Author Jackie Anton has done it again! Jackie has written an array of entertaining stories and this is another one added to her mix. This time there’s five (5) fantastic tales rolled into one great book. The titles include: “Terra Beyond 2012,” “A Tumble in the Snow,” “Riding Lightning,” “Flash Flood Texas Style,” and “A Rainy Night.” These short stories of the heart make a great read for the YA genre. Wait, it just does not stop there adults-alike will find it an interesting read as well! The inside details of these stories I shall leave for the reader to discover. And it’s not a tough read ‘cause the book itself is only 69 pages. Easy read, right? But I will comment on the author’s form of writing. Be assured, “It’s so detailed written.” As the story is followed, readers can vividly visualize every scene and characters’ outline through her very descriptive style. For each story told, one may feel and believe they are physically carried into the moment for which that story takes place; and lives within its scene. Now, when an author can bring a reader on such level that speaks “Masterpiece,” and sheds an insight on the author’s gift for writing. There were a tad editing issues; and a reason it got rated four stars versus her normal five. Shucks though, that does not sway from the overall message of their story. Jackie has done so much to entertain us readers with her many stories - behind the scenes. It never amazes me the stories this author can find to come up with and the manner in which their told. By the way, she has another great storybook in store for her readers. Her title: “BYHT3: Don’t Call Me Love,” is in the works. To see the beautiful cover, one can take a peek at her Facebook Fan Page: "Backyard Horse Tales." What a way to go? I highly recommend this book. So, be sure to pick up your copy. Keep ‘em coming, Jackie!