About the Author
Norma Thatcher’s first illustrated children’s book, Scooter Takes a Walk, was published in 2021. The story came to life after ten years of “thinking about it” when she was blessed to team up with the newly-minted book illustrator Loralyn Noragong from California.
Norma’s second book, Could a Ferret Peel a Carrot?, launched in June 2022. This charming book imagines a life where animals are able to perform the everyday stuff that humans do such as grocery shop, take a cab, turn cartwheels, and sing in a chorus. The partnership with illustrator Loralyn continued in this second book.
Norma is the founder of Lifted Up, LLC, a speech coaching company where she works with individuals who want to give impactful presentations. Her clients yearn to be speakers who deliver a message that is easily followed, understood, believed, and remembered. But they struggle with overcoming speaking anxiety, knowing how to craft an organized speech, developing a voice with vocal vitality, and creating a bond with the audience. Norma identifies specific aspects to help her clients overcome what’s holding them back from delivering successful presentations or speeches.
She’s had her own blog for five years and the magazine Warrenton Lifestyle published two of her posts. Norma is already working on her next book, a Christmas themed story with a whole menagerie of farm animals who explain the wonders of Christmas to a little lamb named Laura. Then Laura and the other animals hatch a plan to save their human family’s Christmas traditions. Laura Lamb and the Christmas Book is expected in time for the 2023 holiday season.
Norma and her husband live on a mountain top just outside of Warrenton, Virginia, where Grace, their beagle/foxhound mix, is in charge of chipmunk chasing and walk-in-the-park scheduling.