Born Eleanor Roberts on October 10th 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland she is better known to us as Nora Robert, J.D Robb, Jill March and Sarah Hardesty to name but a few, and her In Death series is a regular in our polls. Coming from a family of avid readers Nora says that other than a few school essays she didn’t really write anything as a child although she claims she was an extremely good liar and told a few elaborate fibs that her ‘mother still believes to this day’ and credits the imagination and memory required to create these alternate truths for her literary success.
Married to her first husband at a young age, Nora would spend the next few years as a homemaker and began writing short stories in 1979 after a blizzard had trapped her and her family in the house with a dwindling supply of chocolate and no kindergarten to distract her. After this marriage ended in divorce in 1983 Nora’s second marriage began in auspicious circumstances (for an author) as she met her future husband after hiring him to build her bookshelves and they now co own Turn the Page Bookstore in Maryland.
Publishing her first novel, Irish Thoroughbred in 1981 with new publishing house Silhouette. She was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame and as of 2011 her books had spent a staggering 861 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list, including 176 weeks in the number-one spot. She continues to be a favourite of many of us and to celebrate her successes here are 10 Deathly Romantic Quotes from Nora Roberts.
“Some things in life are out of your control. You can make it a party or a tragedy.”
“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”
“Life is like a moustache. It can be wonderful or terrible. But it always tickles.”
“Ireland is a land of poets and legends, of dreamers and rebels. All of these have music woven through and around them. Tunes for dancing or for weeping, for battle or for love.”
“That woman doesn’t have the sense God gave a retarded flea.”
“Be yourself. Be true to that, to your heart. Patience. See what happens if you step back instead of bounding forward.”
“Sometimes a wind comes up, blows you off course. You’re not ready for it, but if you’re lucky, you end up in a more interesting place than you’d planned.”
“A relationship isn’t something that has to be created in a day or perfected in a day. Part of the game is to keep working on it. It’s something that’ll always be just a little flawed.”
“I guess money can’t buy happiness if you shop in the wrong places.”
“Half full, half empty, what the hell difference does it make? If there’s something in the damn glass, drink it.”
If you want to begin reading an author that is guaranteed to keep you in books for a very long time and keep you entertained while reading them then you cannot go far wrong with the wonderful Nora Roberts.