Sunday, February 3, 2013

February Featured Author - Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts

  October 10, 1950
Main genres:
  Romance, Fantasy, Suspense

     Born Eleanor Marie Robertson is best known by the pen names Nora Roberts or J.D. Robb. She has also written under the pseudonyms of Jill March and Sarah Hardesty. The first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, Nora has written more than 209 romance novels! It is only fitting to honor this author as the featured author during the month of love and romance.

     She worked briefly as a legal secretary. "I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever," she says now. After attempting several different crafts to no avail, she began her writing career during a blizzard in February, 1979 while housebound with her two small boys. Roberts states that with three feet of snow, a dwindling supply of chocolate, and no morning kindergarten she had little else to do.

     Since she started writing stories down in notebooks 30 years ago, Nora Roberts has used discipline and talent in equal measure. Early in her career, she worked her writing in between her sons’ daily pre-school and nap schedules. When they were both in school full time, her writing schedule mirrored theirs, although she put in extra hours over the weekend. Now, after almost 200 books and countless bestsellers, she writes eight hours a day — every day.

     One of the first authors to use the web to communicate with her fans when she launched her site, in 1996; there are lots of interesting fun facts, a complete bibliography and even a couple of short stories available for free download from her website. Every Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb title released in 2012 hit the New York Times bestseller list. That’s keeping up a streak started in 1999. Many of Roberts' novels have been, or will be, reissued. To avoid confusion, all of Roberts's new releases include a logo that is a circle with the initials "NR" inside, indicating that the book has never been published before.

Facts for this short biography were gained from both Roberts' official website and Wikipedia.

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