J. D. Robb
Why did you start writing books under the name J.D. Robb?
I write quickly. That’s just my natural pace. As a result, my publishers had considerable inventory of my books for publication. My agent and editors suggested I write under a different name. I didn’t like the idea, really dragged my feet on it. It took about two years for me to be convinced to try it. My agent explained it this way…there’s Pepsi, there’s Diet Pepsi, there’s Caffeine Free Pepsi. And the light went on in my head! I got it! I agreed to try it if I could do something a little different. I still didn’t see the point in writing straight romance or romantic suspense under a different name. That’s when Eve Dallas and Roarke walked on the page.
Why do you enjoy writing as J.D. Robb and revisiting the same characters?
I enjoy writing romantic suspense and was intrigued by the idea of adding a little science fiction to the mix. I could create my own world! I felt that while the toys may change, people remain basically the same. And I enjoy writing a series with continuing characters so I could develop relationships—and the romance between the main characters over a number of books. Each book resolves the particular crime or mystery that drives it, but the character development—the growth and changes—and the tone of the relationships go more slowly. I enjoy that tremendously.
How did you come up with the name J.D. Robb?
I took the initials of my son’s first names—Jason and Dan—and Robb was a shortened version of Roberts.
How many more Eve and Roarke books can we expect from you?
I have no plans at this time to stop writing about Eve and Roarke. Two more books and a novella are planned for next year.
Many of the books you write are part of a larger series. Do you find it more difficult to write a book that is part of a series?
No. Each book has its own set of challenges. Each book must stand alone and be complete. I enjoy writing connecting books but they are not more challenging than the others
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