Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How Nora Roberts became America’s most popular novelist:

How Nora Roberts became America’s most popular novelist:

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For those who like to put words to paper, or today's word processors, Nora Roberts is such an inspiration with a work ethic that many would find hard to match. She sums up her writing philosophy as "ass in the chair", which according to this article makes it possible for her to produce a book every 45 work days. Writing a hundred eighty-two novels since the early 1980's is pretty impressive as is this article in The New Yorker magazine. I had read bits and pieces of her story over the years in various places, but The New Yorker does the best job I've seen in this ten-page article by Lauren Collins in the June 22, 2009 issue. For a magazine of this quality to pay such a lengthy homage to the queen of romance is a great tribute. Even Stephen King salutes her works.
The art work in The New Yorker is very unique in style and Robert Risko is credited with a great illustration in the article.

The voracious reader that I've always been alternates between murder/mystery/spies/adventure genres and the romance genre; I've been a lover of romance novels since I discovered Gone With the Wind and the Flame and the Flower. Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors after I discovered her MacGregor family series. One thing I love about her writing is that she throws rules out the window and writes whatever appeals to her with strong characters who seem as real as anyone I've ever known. She has never been a slave to what others think a novel should be. I know what appeals to me and her writing entertains me so I don't care about snobby rules either. I love a good story which she delivers without fail while she laughs all the way to the bank. I just finished her Vision in White so I am eager to read her next book in the series about four friends which she calls The Bride Quartet.

Her no nonsense lifestyle is appealing because how many of us would admit to not leaving the house for three weeks. I don't have a cook either. Her fans can look at their own daily grind and cheer up thinking that in Maryland, Nora is slaving away doing her research on Google rather than traveling to Italy to gather facts. The life of a writer is an unglamorous daily grind which few could tolerate. She seems to thrive and succeed, and she does it to perfection. Reminds me of Frank Sinatra's song "My Way". Nora is kool--you go girl!

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