Norma has worked as a book, magazine and newsletter editor for more than fifteen years, including ten years with Southern Living and Cooking Light magazines and three years with Crane Hill Publishers. She assisted with the writing and research for several books, including Plantation Homes of the James River (The University of North Carolina Press) and Steel Ships and Iron Men Iglobe Pequot Press). In 1997 she authored a children’s book, a retelling of The Nutcracker with original illustrations by Anita Bice (Sweetwater Press).

Although Norma has edited and proofread a number of books about lighthouses, this is the first book she has written about them. Norma lives in Birmingham, Alabama.