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J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.
Nora Roberts is truly a publishing phenomenon. With over 250 million copies of her novels in print, she has come a long way since she wrote her first novel in a spiral notebook using a No. 2 pencil. Now she has published over 150 novels and her work has been optioned and made into films, excerpted in national magazines and translated in over twenty-five different countries. I always have stories running around in my head, she explains. Once I start putting them down on paper, I just keep going; I just keep writing. In addition to her amazing success in mainstream fiction, Nora Roberts remains committed to writing for her category romance audience that took her to into their heart in 1981 with her very first book, a Silhouette romance.
Nora Roberts continues to write futuristic romantic suspense as J.D. Robb, and her characters Eve Dallas and Roarke have become two of her most popular creations ever. Her J.D. Robb titles are hailed as a perfect balance of suspense, futuristic police procedure and steamy romance...truly fine entertainment by Publishers Weekly.
Reviewers agree that Nora Roberts deserves praise. The Los Angeles Daily News describes her as a word artist, painting her story and her characters with vitality and verve. Kirkus Reviews comments on True Betrayals saying Roberts style has a fresh, contemporary snap. Roberts is said to be reminiscent of Jacqueline Briskin and Sidney Sheldon by Booklist, and Rex Reed lauds her saying, Move over Sidney Sheldon: the world has a new master of romantic suspense, and her name is Nora Roberts. Publishers Weekly claims Roberts keeps getting better...her prolificness shows no sign of abating. They add, When Roberts puts her expert finger on the pulse of romance, legions of fans feel the heartbeat. USA Today calls Nora a consistently entertaining writer.
The remarkable Ms. Roberts did not become a success overnight. By the time her first novel, Irish Thoroughbred, was published in 1981, she already had three years of hard work behind her and several rejected manuscripts languishing in drawers. Today, according to Entertainment Weekly, her stories have fueled the dreams of twenty-five million readers. One of Americas leading novelists, her books are published around the world. She is frequently invited to promote her novels in other countries. Her recent travels took her to England, Italy, Australia and Japan to meet fans, fellow authors and aspiring writers.
Sanctuary was made into a television movie which aired in 2001 on CBS as Nora Roberts Sanctuary. The cast includes Melissa Gilbert, Emmy-winner Kathy Baker and Costas Mandylor. CBS has also optioned The Reef for another television movie. Montana Sky has been optioned by TriStar Television for a two-hour television movie. Her book This Magic Moment became the television film Magic Moments starring Emmy-winner John Shea and Jenny Seagrove. Sacred Sins has been optioned for film by Kaleidoscope, and Private Scandals has been optioned by Burt Reynolds Productions. Reflections and The Law is a Lady were selected by Good Housekeeping magazine for presentation as condensed novels. Honest Illusions and Private Scandals were featured as Readers Digests Condensed Books.
The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly have all featured or mentioned Nora Roberts in articles about writing and the romance genre. She has appeared on ABC-TVs Good Morning America and Cable News Network, and has been featured on the television programs To Tell the Truth, Entertainment Tonight, and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. She has been interviewed by local television and radio programs across the country, and she has been featured in dozens of newspapers, including the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Washington Times, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, and Atlanta Constitution.Her extraordinary accomplishments have also received recognition from her peers. The first author ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of Americas Hall of Fame, and the first author to receive their Centennial Award when she published her 100th novel Montana Sky, she is the recipient of almost every award given in recognition of excellence in romance writing. In 1997, she was honored at the Romance Writers of America National Conference when she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to her awards from the Romance Writers of America, she has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Waldenbooks, and she has been honored by B. Dalton Booksellers, the New Jersey Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and BookRak Distributors.
Nora Roberts is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America, and a member of their Washington, D.C. chapter. She was the keynote speaker at their 1994 national conference in New York. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Crime Writers League of America, and Novelists Inc.The youngest of five children, she was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She now lives in Keedysville, Maryland.Biography
Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadnt been for one fateful snowstorm. As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story — a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks shed recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didnt matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette. For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette — short books written to the publishers specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. If you write in category, you write knowing theres a framework, there are reader expectations, she explained. If this doesnt suit you, you shouldnt write it. I dont believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldnt read for pleasure. Roberts never violated the readers expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Robertss books didnt make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many. Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her immeasurable diversity and talent. Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and its a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book.
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Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing — though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isnt busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books. Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct. In 2001, an average of 34 Nora Roberts books were sold every minute, according to her publicist.—>