By Elizabeth Sias
Rachel Norby always loved a good love story.
Now the 33-year-old Mora resident just finished her second novel and is in the process of getting it edited and published.
Her first book, Let the Rain Fall, came out in November 2010 and is about Katherine, now 75, telling her story to three eccentric sisters in their assisted living home.
The story chronicles Katherine’s life as a teenager in love, wrestling with her future and her parents’ pressure to marry well, through the turbulent twenties with disappointment and loss close at hand, and onward to dealing with many changes at the age of 75.
“It’s a genuine love story and I think a lot of people are looking for something to believe in—a sincere form of love that’s uninterrupted by time,” Norby said. “And it appeals to multiple generations because it has an older main character, but she’s telling about when she’s a young adult.”
Norby, an English teacher at Mora High School, graduated from Bethel University with an English teaching degree and started teaching in Mora in 2001. In 2007, she graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a Master’s degree in education.
She said she’s always been an avid reader and writer. Norby learned to read early—before kindergarten—and wrote stories when she was little. In high school, she started writing short stories. Finally, at one point in college, she thought it would be fun to write book someday, and she decided to go for it.
“I am a person who has a vivid imagination, so my mind is always thinking of stories. I have stories in my head all the time,” she said. “I think of things and I jot them down in my notebook, then I jot out whole plot lines, character names and main things I want to happen.”
As a teacher, Norby said she writes the most in the summer with her free time. During the school year she writes when she has time, but said finding the time to write with another job is the biggest challenge.
She enjoys writing because she loves connecting not only with the stories, but with the readers.
“The power of a good story is something that’s hard to put into words. I like the thought that people can connect with it and learn something from it; people can learn something from a good story,” Norby said. “I really think writing is thinking, it’s processing your world, making sensing of your world.”
Some years she teachers creative writing, but all of her classes have some element of writing and storytelling. Eventually, Norby said, she’d like to be a full-time writer. For now, she just wants to get her stories to as many people as she can.
Her next novel, called The Good One, is about a college-age girl named Natalie, who has a dark secret from her past.
“The book is a love story and a mystery because as you read, you’re piecing together what has happened to her through her flashbacks,” Norby said. “You get little pieces of the story all the way along until it all comes together. It’s kind of a story about facing your past, family reconciliation and the power of love.”
Norby’s first novel, Let the Rain Fall, published by AuthorHouse, is now available in both hardcover and paperback at www.authorhouse.com, as well as www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.
For more information on author Rachel Norby, visit www.rachelnorby.com.
Let the Rain Fall
Does true love exist? Is it possible to convince someone spited by love to give it a second chance? Is hope ever really lost? These are some of the questions that Katherine, now age 75, addresses as she tells her story to the three eccentric sisters at New Horizons Assisted Living. While telling her story, she hopes to convince Patience, the most difficult sister, that love does indeed exist in a world riddled by pain and that hope can be found in places that seem hopeless. If she can convince Patience, then perhaps she can convince you as well.
Appealing to love story fans of all ages, Let the Rain Fall chronicles Katherine’s life as a teenager in love, wrestling with her future and her parents’ pressure to marry well, through the turbulent twenties with disappointment and loss close at hand, and onward to dealing with many changes at the age of 75. While listening to Katherine’s story, we are reminded that no matter what life throws at us, there is always hope for a better tomorrow. Not only is there hope, but life sometimes gives us a second chance…even when we feel undeserving of it.