I decided to feature Nora Roberts in this month's newsletter primarily because, since she started writing in the eighties, I think she has consistently been the most popular author in our bookstore from then until today. That is pretty amazing considering how genres wax and wane in popularity and how readers can be fickle in following the latest and greatest fiction star of the moment.
Nora Roberts first appeared in print in 1981 when she sold her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, to romance publisher Silhouette. In the next 3 years she wrote and published 23 more novels! She is credited with changing the form of romance books and making the characters much more honest and realistic, instead of the stock formula characters of previous romance literature.
After a decade she left the category romance behind and went "mainstream" but kept up her relentless pace. Nora Roberts says she writes eight hours a day, every day, even when she takes vacations. From 1991 until 2001 all 68 of the novels she published found a place on the New York Times bestseller lists. If you are tempted to try one of her novels I will give you a word of caution. She is well know for writing trilogies, so you will want to make sure you choose one of her stand alone books or the first novel in a trilogy. We can certainly help you with that or if you consult fantasticfiction.com that website has a complete list of all her books and the order of all her trilogies. She writes all three books in a row to maintain continuity with her characters. She definitely gained my respect when I found out that she publishes her trilogies directly to paperback. She doesn't want her readers to have to wait as long as it takes hardcover editions to be published.