About the Author


Rae Ann Norell , author of Broke Hungry & Happy:  The Life of Extreme Kayaker, Dave Norell, lives in Boise Idaho.

In 2012 she  was the recipient of the following awards:

  • Top 10 Idaho Non-Fiction Authors
  • Top 5 Idaho Non- Fiction Books
  • Top three new Idaho authors, 3rd place.

She also was one of the contestants selected by The Literary Cabin in Boise, to have her essay included in an anthology  titled  Rooms: Writers in the Attic (2012)



Rae Ann taught music in the Boise School District for nine years, worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the mental health field for 20 years, and was a violinist in the Boise Philharmonic for 40  years.

Although retired, she maintains a part time private counseling practice, specializing  in grief  and loss. 

She is a facilitator for the Treasure Valley Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents. 

In addition she teaches violin, viola and piano.

Her travels have taken her all over the U.S.,  many countries in Europe, and exotic locales such as Egypt, China, and Peru.

She enjoys motorcycle road trips traveling from Idaho through southwestern Colorado,  down the coast of California,  and through  parts of British Columbia and Alberta to name a few.

Read about her Colorado road trip in Road Runner Magazine at this link

She enjoys spending time with her daughter and her three grandchildren.

Rae Ann is available for presentations on various topics such as  recovery from grief and loss, surviving adversity and turning adversity into strength.

Inspired by her son’s adventurous life and his philosophy, she also speaks about setting goals to pursue  your passion and  to live life to the full.