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Early years[ edit ] Roberts was born on October 10, in Silver Spring, Maryland , the youngest of five children. She does claim to have "told lies. Really good ones—some of which my mother still believes. She gave birth to two sons, Dan and Jason. Roberts became a homemaker and would later refer to this time period as her "Earth Mother" years.
Present[ edit ] Roberts met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, a carpenter, when she hired him to build bookshelves in July It opened as the Inn BoonsBoro in ; the suites were inspired by and named for literary romantic couples with happy endings. After finishing the first draft, Roberts goes back to the beginning of the novel. The second draft usually sees the addition of details, the "texture and color" of the work, as well as a more in-depth study of the characters.
She then does a final pass to polish the novel before sending it to her agent, Amy Berkower. When possible, she does the same with the in Death books, writing three in a row before returning to contemporary romances. Roberts states that with three feet of snow, a dwindling supply of chocolate, and no morning kindergarten she had little else to do.
Roberts says, I got the standard rejection for the first couple of tries, then my favorite rejection of all time. I received my manuscript back with a nice little note which said that my work showed promise, and the story had been very entertaining and well done. But that they already had their American writer. That would have been Janet Dailey. Nora Roberts[ edit ] In , a new publisher, Silhouette books, formed to take advantage of the pool of manuscripts from the many American writers that Harlequin had snubbed.
She used the pseudonym Nora Roberts, a shortened form of her birth name Eleanor Marie Robertson because she assumed that all romance authors had pen names. In , Playing the Odds, the first novel in the MacGregor family series, was published. The book was an immediate bestseller. Five years later she moved to Putnam to write single title hardcovers as well as original paperbacks.
Roberts has continued to release single-title novels in paperback. She still occasionally writes shorter category romances. Her attachment to the shorter category books stems from her years as a young mother of two boys without much time to read, as she "[remembers] exactly what it felt like to want to read and not have time to read , words.
Regis calls Roberts "a master of the romance novel form, because she "has a keen ear for dialogue, constructs deft scenes, maintains a page-turning pace, and provides compelling characterization.
Robb[ edit ] Roberts had long wanted to write romantic suspense novels in the vein of Mary Stewart , but, at the urging of her agent, she concentrated on classic contemporary romance novels while she built a following of readers.
They suggested that she adopt a second pseudonym so that they would be able to publish more of her work each year. The initials "J. She first decided to use the pseudonym D. MacGregor, but right before publication, she discovered that this pseudonym was used by another author. Robb, Roberts has published a series of futuristic science fiction police procedurals. Despite the emphasis on solving a crime in each of the books, the overall theme of the series is the development of the relationship between Eve and Roarke.
They hoped to allow the series to stand on its own merits and build its own following. She has since changed publishers. In both and , four of the five novels that USA Today listed as the best-selling romance novels of the year were written by Roberts. The New York Times did not review any of those novels. Robb name. In September , for the first time Roberts took the numbers 1 and 2 spots on the Publishers Weekly bestseller list, as her romance Time and Again was number one, and her J.
Robb release Seduction in Death was number two. Her novels have been published in 35 countries. This was the first time that Lifetime had adapted multiple works by the same author. TIME named Roberts one of their Most Influential People in , saying she "has inspected, dissected, deconstructed, explored, explained and extolled the passions of the human heart. Calling the plagiarism "mind-boggling", Roberts sued Dailey. Roberts donated the settlement to various literary causes including the Literacy Volunteers of America now ProLiteracy.
The Foundation also endowed the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance at McDaniel College , which supports academic scholarship on the American romance novel, with special emphasis on the literary qualities and significance of the romance.
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