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Norma had a radio interview in Fargo with North Dakota Prairie Public Radio Click here to hear it!

Norma Thorstad Knapp grew up in western North Dakota, Idaho, and Oregon. Her family moved often, giving her a rich foundation for writing. After college, she worked as a registered nurse, educator, crisis counselor, youth specialist, and bereavement facilitator in cities in North Dakota, Texas, and Minnesota. She has published numerous stories, essays and poems; several short stories and a sermon have won awards. Her days are full with reading, writing, traveling, time with grandchildren, creating note cards, and hospice volunteer bereavement work. She has a grown daughter and son and four grandchildren.

I have had several short stories, poems, and essays published in various publications – locally, regionally, and nationally. Two of my stories have won awards: 1) the Carol Bly Award in Nonfiction for my story “The Showing” in Dust and Fire, a university literary journal, and 2) a Top Ten Award for my story “The Tipping of the Pontoon” in Minnesota’s Lakes Alive magazine. A few years ago, I was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship by Minnesota’s Region Two Arts Council; and about 10 years ago, I was chosen for and attended the Minneapolis’ renown Loft Literary Center’s Master Writer Program.

Adult Group Presentations:

How Grief Affects Adults
How Grief Affects Teens
How Grief Affects Children
How to Help a Grieving
Friend/Neighbor
Helping Yourself Deal With Loss

Contact Norma to visit about dates, details, and fees.
Missing My Best Friend by Norma Knapp
Price: $17.99

ISBN: 978-0-9846314-0-7

Ages: 3 - 9 yrs.

Size: 8" x 10"

Published: June 2011

2nd printing: June 2012


Click here to see the dust jacket!



Missing My Best Friend begins with how an enduring friendship is forged between two young boys. Over a year passes; then tragedy strikes.

"Norma has captured how a child heals from loss, the love and support of family and friends close, and is open to the range of emotions felt. Through the medium of art, memories and emotions are illustrated; and now (we have) a picture book that gives words to feelings and situations that can be confusing for families and children. A beautiful resource for both children and families."

--Mary Hammargren RN MA
Licensed Psychologist