Norman was born and raised in the Swan River Valley of Manitoba, Canada. Educated at the University of Manitoba and University of North Park in Chicago, he taught in Manitoba schools for thirty-two years. His teaching experience included a rural assignment of 28 students grades one to eight, junior high, high school English and counseling and teaching English as an Additional Language in India.
Norman brings to his writing, family life, experiences. world travel, studies in theology, his love of the outdoors, and his experiences in building and renovations.
He and his wife Jean raised three children. They have six grandchildren. He is presently retired and lives with Jean in Winnipeg and at their summer place near Lake of the Woods, Ontario.