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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

'Loving The Written Word'

“I don't think you can write - at least not well - if you don't love stories, love the written word.” – Nora Roberts

The mega-bestselling author of more than 225 novels, Roberts writes under her own name, and as J. D. Robb for the in Death series.  She also has written under the pseudonyms Jill March and (in the U.K.) as Sarah Hardesty.

With books that have spent a combined total of nearly 900 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list – including 161 in the number one spot – she was a natural choice to be selected as the first author inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.      Born in Maryland on this date in 1950, Roberts started writing to break the tedium of being snowbound during a 1979 blizzard.  She loved the process so much that she finished 6 books before starting to send them off to publishers, most of who rejected her out of hand. Finally, in 1981, Silhouette Books, an imprint of Harlequin, gave her a try and she was off and running. 

Noted for her “keen ear for dialogue and compelling characters” she treats writing as a full-time job and writes 8 hours a day, every day, including on vacations.  “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,” Roberts said.  “I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read yourself for pleasure.”

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