December 16, 2015

Wednesday Writing Wisdom (38) Nora Roberts

"Write what you like to read. If you are not captured by the story, who will be? Write every day—a habit that you need to build. And remember to have fun with it."

Nora Roberts
real name Eleanor Marie Robertson


Curious facts about

She didn't start writing until she was 29 years old. It all began with a #2 pencil and a spiral notebook. Snowed in with her two young boys during a 1979 storm, Nora Roberts, AKA, J.D. Robb, Jill March, and Sarah Hardesty (U.K. pseudonym), got in touch with her creative side and began writing.

She once said, "I've never taken a course on writing. I've never read a book on writing. This isn't something that would work for me. 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..."

She also writes a futuristic crime/romance series under the name J.D. Robb.

She first tried submitting her works to Harlequin, but was rejected. Her first publisher was Silhouette.



  1. A very interesting writer. I didn't realise she had so many different identities. Thanks for sharing, Carmen.

    1. Extremely prolific. And she writes the type of fiction all editors reject saying it's wrong - head-hopping!
      I agree with her piece of advice- write what you like to read.

  2. Although her head hopping does annoy men, I love a lot of her books, and rank a few of her characters as fave book boyfriends (Phillip Quinn from the Chesapeake Bay series and Caleb Hawkins from the Blood Brothers series). I knew she also wrote as JD Robb, but wasn't aware of her other pseudonyms. I've often heard Nora called the Queen of Romance, and I do think it's a title well deserved (even with the head hopping, LOL!)

    1. Doh. That was first sentence was supposed to be does annoy ME, not men...don't think I can speak for them, LOL

    2. I love her books, too. And I'm not bothered by her head hopping, as I understand perfectly what the characters want.
      I only don't understand why editors chastise us, the other authors, in doing it. Isn't the saying - What's good for the gender, is good for the goose, too - valid all over?

  3. I know what you mean. I see a lot of editing rules broken by best-selling authors. I guess when you reach that level and you're selling that many books, sticking to style isn't as important. Frustrating, as you say!


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