- NAME: Nora Roberts
- OCCUPATION: Author
- BIRTH DATE: October 10, 1950 (Age: 63)
- Did You Know?: Nora Roberts did not begin writing until she was nearly 30 years old.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Silver Spring, Maryland
- AKA: Nora Roberts
- Full Name: Eleanor Marie Robertson
- AKA: J.D. Robb
- AKA: Eleanor Robertson
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Nora Roberts is a popular American romance writer, pumping out more than 200 titles over a career that has spanned more than three decades.
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 1950. She wrote her first story in 1979, when she was snowed in during a now-famous blizzard. Her first novel, Irish Thoroughbred, was published two years later. Over the next two years, Roberts published 23 more novels, finally catching the public's attention in 1985 with Playing the Odds. That novel was a breakthrough for Roberts, and she became a fan favorite,
"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place."
in the process transforming the romance genre. Roberts has published more than 140 novels since 1981, chiefly romance, and there are 127 million copies of her books in print in the United States alone.
Famed romance novelist Nora Roberts was born Eleanor Marie Robertson on October 10, 1950, in Silver Spring, Maryland, to parents of Irish descent. The youngest of five children, Roberts always loved reading, which was fueled by her parents. Roberts married her first husband, Ronald Aufdem Brinke, in 1968, shortly after graduating from high school, and a few years later, had two sons to look after in her Keedysville, Maryland, home. She spent her spare time crafting for many years, until a fateful blizzard came along in February 1979.
Snowed in with her young boys (who were 3 and 6 years old at the time), Roberts turned to her latent storytelling skills and began writing down, with pencil and paper, a story that she'd previously thought up. With that first story, of course, history was set in motion. Roberts produced several manuscripts over the next year or two, received rejection letters from publishers, and then, in 1981, sold her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, to Silhouette, a romance publisher.
Roberts apparently had a lot of pent-up stories to unleash on the reading public: From 1982 to 1984, she wrote 23 more novels. Despite the sheer volume of her output, Roberts didn't find her way into the spotlight until her 1985 romance novel, Playing the Odds, hit the market. The book was an instant hit, moving her to the front burner for a great many romance readers (and launching a best-selling series). Success may have come through Roberts's approach, which transformed romance's typical nubile heroines and cardboard-cutout heroes into more down-to-earth, realistic characters.
In 1985, Roberts married her second husband, Bruce Wilder, whom she met when she hired him to build bookshelves in her home. Roberts's torrential writing pace never really waned after her initial spurt, and from 1991 until 2001, all 68 of the novels she published made it onto The New York Times' best-seller list. In 1999 and 2000, four of the five best-selling romance novels on USA Today's best-seller list were penned by Roberts, and in 2000 alone, she had 13 best-sellers, several hitting No. 1.
In all, there are more than 127 million copies of Roberts's books in print in the United States, and she has published more than 140 novels. When she's not writing traditional romance novels, she writes futuristic romantic suspense under the pen name J.D. Robb, which allows her to branch out into even more areas of creativity.
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