Sunday, August 06, 2006

Profile: For Nora Roberts, Writing Novels is a 9-to-5 Job

Ben Nuckols of the Canadian Press writes that endless of imagination aren't all it takes to write 165 novels. It also requires the discipline of a drill sergeant.

Roberts is in the middle of a typically busy year. Her latest romantic suspense book, Angels Fall, came out this summer. Later this year will bring the release of a new "In Death" mystery featuring Eve Dallas, written under the pseudonym J. D. Robb, and three romantic fantasy paperbacks, The Circle Trilogy, in successive months. There's also a new J. D. Robb novella published as part of an anthology.

"I think I have a really strong work ethic, plus I really love the work. I think if you love what you do, you do a lot of it. I have a lot of discipline ... and I have a fast pace," the 55-year-old author says.

Since her first New York Times bestseller in 1991, her books have spent 660 weeks on the Times list of bestsellers, including 100 weeks in the top spot. Each book published under the Nora Roberts name since 1999 has been a bestseller; there are 280 million Roberts books in print. She is published in 35 countries. Her books sold 12 million copies in 2005, according to Publishers Weekly.

Roberts' favorite hobby - gardening - appeals to her meticulous, workaholic nature and keeps her close to home, which she prefers. She talks enthusiastically about weeding and warding off the deer that might want to munch on her lilies, as she strolls through her multitiered garden.

Read the entire profile of Nora Roberts on Canada.com here.

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