“Every writer has to figure out what works best - and often has to select and discard different tools before they find the one that fits.” – Nora Roberts
Roberts, born on this date in 1950, was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame and has written an astounding (and still counting) 225 novels, many of which have reached the number one spot on the New York Times Best Seller list.
A native of Silver Spring, MD (the Washington, DC, suburb my oldest daughter and family call home), she has combined her prolific writing career with a prolific support of charitable causes, particularly those that encourage literacy, the arts, and humanitarian causes. Her Foundation has endowed the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance at Maryland’s McDaniel College, supporting academic scholarship on the American romance novel.
While all of her books seem to reach bestseller status, Year One, Come Sundown, The Obsession, and The Liar have led the list of the more than 500 million copies of her books in print. And she loves her writing and writing – and reading – about romance.
“I don't believe for one moment,” she said, “that you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure.”