Some people believe in a purpose that is bigger than themselves, and for Mora author Rachel Norby, she’s been given a reason to write.
“I grew up loving stories and believing in the power of the written word,” Norby said.
Norby is bringing her encouragement to Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge on July 20. She will be reading from her latest novel, “The Good One,” and signing her books from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The Good One” is both a mystery and a love story as it tells the story of a young girl named Natalie who struggles to face her past. This struggle prevents Natalie from embracing her life in the present, and Norby desires to provide people with the insight of how their life is meant for them.
“I want people to be reminded of the fact that each of us is valuable and is here on Earth for a reason,” Norby said. “We all make mistakes, which is part of being human, but forgiveness of yourself and others frees you to move on in life.”
Drawing inspiration from her own life, Norby used her experience as an avid runner and memories from spending time with her cousins in Duluth to tell a story of how a community of others can encourage the courage of an individual.
“I have always been a firm believer in the idea of hope, even when things seem hopeless, and also of the restorative power of forgiveness of yourself and others,” Norby said.
Norby is an English teacher and cross-country coach at Mora High School, where she has been employed for the past 12 years. Her books are written for a broad audience of people of all different ages.
“In fact, many of my students at school have read both of my books and have loved them,” Norby said.
Passion for reading and writing is something Norby has always had. She spent a lot of time at the local library near the 10-acre hobby farm she grew up on in the Plymouth-Wayzata area.
Norby’s novels have a common component of faith as she identifies faith in God as a necessary ingredient for life and the matter of the world.
“We all need to have a little faith in God, ourselves and other people,” Norby said. “Never give up, even when it seems as if the waves of life are crashing over your head.”
“The Good One” was published in May and is Norby’s second novel. Her first novel, “Let the Rain Fall,” was published in 2010. Norby is in the process of writing a third novel based on a true story, and she hopes to have it completed by December.
Norby’s books can be purchased at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge, Dandelion Floral in Mora and online at www.rachelnorby.com.
“This will be my first book signing in Cambridge, so I look forward to seeing some new faces and meeting some people who share my passion of reading,” Norby said.
Scout & Morgan Books is located at 114 Buchanan St. North in Cambridge and can be reached at 763-689-2474.