Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is a nationally - and worldwide - acclaimed author. Here are some facts about her, her career, and praise she has earned

Nora Robert's writing career started in 1979, when she began writing down the stories in her head. It started during a snowy week while she was stuck at home with her children - it began as a move to keep her sane while cooped up, but turned into a more lucrative career than she ever could have imagined.

Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. Today she lives in Keedysville, Maryland, with her husband. She has two grown sons, Jason and Dan. In an interview about her writing style, she stated that she doesn't believe in waiting for inspiration; she does what needs to be done because it's her job and she enjoys it.

Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published in 1981. Since then, she's had fifty-six New York Times Bestsellers. Her books have sold over 127 million copies and have been translated into more than 25 languages. Her current sales records have now surpassed those of Danielle Steel.

She's a member of the Romance Writers of America, specifically the Washington D.C. chapter. From them, she's received a number of honors and awards, including the Centennial Award for one-hundredth book, Montana Sky. From both the RWA and Walden books she received the Lifetime Achievement award. She was also the first writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers Hall of Fame.

As such, Roberts has almost 140 published novels to her credit. This includes "Sanctuary," which was a made into a TV movie (which aired on CBS on February 28th, 2001), and "Magic Moments," also a TV movie (which aired on Showtime years ago). She also has several mini-series (most often trilogies), including the Three Sisters Island trilogy, the Irish trilogy, the Dream trilogy, and the Chesapeake Bay trilogy. These novels are as highly acclaimed as her mainstream romance is.

The novels written under her pen name, J.D. Robb, have also earned quite a bit of acclaim. J.D. Robb is formed from her sons' initials and a shortened version of Roberts. Robb's style is more science fiction than Roberts' - it's slightly futuristic, around 2058. The novels are also police drama along with romance. The Paperback Forum called her books "a fantastic new detective story."

Her first book under J.D. Robb was Naked In Death, which appeared in 1995. When this book first appeared on the shelves, it was unknown to the general public that J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts were one and the same person. Through subsequent titles, such as Glory In Death, Immortal In Death, Rapture In Death, Ceremony In Death, Vengeance In Death, Holiday In Death, and Conspiracy in Death, she slowly achieved fame. As more and more people paid attention to her work, the "secret" that J.D. Robb was only a pen name slipped out, and today most people are aware of it.

In 2000, the first of J.D. Robb's books appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers - Witness In Death. It was of two, and one of fourteen of all the books Nora Roberts wrote that year. Due to her intense fame, she has been featured or mentioned in several magazines and newspapers, including The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. She's also been a speaker at several occasions and is a highly acclaimed writer no matter what she does.

Currently, Roberts is on a publicity tour, which began in March of 2001. She will visit 25 cities throughout the country, including Boonsboro, MD; Baltimore, MD; Cincinnati, OH; Louisville, KY; Lexington, KY; Dayton, OH; North Canton, OH; Milwaukee, WI; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Sacramento, CA; Denver, CO; Colorado Springs, CO; Boston, MA; Worcester, MA; Hartford, CT; Waterford, CT; Madison, CT; New York, NY; Huntington, NY; Buffalo, NY; Clark, NJ; Freehold, NJ; and Philadelphia, PA. Her tour is scheduled to end on April twenty-seventh.

Readers will agree that Roberts's style is calm and peaceful during romantic times - but very - perfectly - descriptive. She handles suspense so well that everyone reading can feel just what she's intended them to feel. Indeed, many publications review each book, and they point out just how well she's done her job. In Homeport, People Magazine said "Vintage Roberts"¦taut"¦steamy." Publishers Weekly said of it, "There's no mystery about why Roberts is a bestselling author of romances and mainstream novels. She delivers the goods with panache and wit." The Los Angeles Daily News proclaimed, "Roberts is indeed a word artist, painting her characters with vitality and verve." The Rockdale Citizen (GA) said, "Nora Roberts really skyrocketed into the world of hardback bestsellers with her romantic thriller Montana Sky. She followed that one with another winner, Sanctuary. Now she goes for the triple crown with Homeport, her latest novel of love and intrigue. Guess what? This one's a winner, too! Homeport is the type of romantic reading Roberts's fans demand. And this time, like her previous novels, she delivers the goods with flavor and gusto."

Many people hold Nora Roberts's writing in high acclaim, and so the papers publish it. It is because she tells her good, "old-fashioned" stories, and makes her readers believe they're right along with the characters. She deserves every bit of fame she's won for her brilliant work.

Source: Nora Roberts's official website,

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