I’m from Washington, D.C., and I was raised by my grandparents, Willy and Mittie Lee Norman, who were from down South. I was raised with my brothers; I went to D.C. public schools... I lost my vision sometime around 2002. I knew I was losing it because I was at work and it was so dim in there, but I didn't know it was the bulbs in my eyes that were going out.
I attended Scott Montgomery Elementary school, Shaw Jr. High School, and Dunbar high school in Washington, D.C. Then certainly proud to say that I ventured out and decided to go to college, and UDC was the first school that I went to. The funny thing was, I went to tell a neighbor, who was one of the grandmas in the neighborhood, I said ‘Yeah, you know, I'm about to go to college,’ and she said, ‘I bet you don't finish.
And so, I would go to school, take classes here and there, and I'd stop. Took classes here and there and stop. And, after losing my vision, I said forget it, I'm not going to go back to school anymore, and I sat down, and the Lord reminded me of that conversation that I had with that lady, I had totally forgotten that she had spoken such a bad word over me, so I jumped up, oh, you should have seen me running around, and I went Oh God, if you let me, I’ll finish, please let me finish, and certainly, it was 2011, I walked across the stage of the University of Maryland, with a white cane. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Studies. I later started attending Howard Divinity School, and I took some classes there. I attended Calvary Bible Institute, even prior to both of those, and graduated with a Certificate of Biblical Studies, and I'm so proud and grateful to God for those accomplishments.
My writing style is one of humor. I used to get in trouble writing, I used to write poems a lot when I was younger, and I liked limericks. Limericks-they were so fun to me, and I would just make them up... many years ago, in my childhood. But I would say that my writing is basically humorous other than when I’m writing about the bible or biblical stories. So those are the two genres that I enjoy the most. Writing about the bible and God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit or writing something funny, writing something that people can laugh about and smile about, and lift their spirits.
I was extremely happy to see that L.I.F.E, Inc. was introducing writing workshops, I was so excited, and I tried to attend the one in 2021, and I attended maybe one or two sessions, but then certain things were happening, and there was a conflict of time, and I just couldn’t get on, and I felt so bad about it. But not this year, this year no, I’m setting aside, I’m making sure that I don’t schedule anything around that time, and I am so appreciative for L.I.F.E, Inc. even offering these sessions, which are very valuable. A few lessons that I learned while attending the writing workshops of L.I.F.E., Inc., were:
* Don’t throw any of your writing away.
* Don’t compare yourself to other writers; for instance, if you want to write about Heaven, and there are a billion books about heaven, no one has heard it from you. So don't compare yourself.
* Keep working on it.
* Turn the phone off,
* Turn the TV off,
* get an editor, always get someone else-another pair of eyes to edit your writing.
* Keep your encouragement up, keep yourself encouraged. Keep yourself encouraged
* Put on paper what is in your head, and what’ is in your heart.
* If you don’t write it, no one else can read it.
Well, I can't take credit for anything, because it's hard to bounce back out of any tragedy, out of any circumstance without HIM. I've got to give God the credit! I've got to give God the credit! I could not have bounced back, I could not keep going unless HE intervened and helped me., Overcoming negative things, and tumultuous things, I can't do it, in and of myself, I just can't do it, so God has been the elasticity, the rubber, that has allowed me to bounce back in place after old tragedies, after old negative circumstances. That's what makes me resilient, God makes me resilient!!!