Since 1999, every book published under the Nora
Roberts name was a New York Times bestseller
Nora Roberts is truly a publishing phenomenon. However, the remarkable Ms. Roberts did not become a success overnight. By the time her first novel was published in 1981, she already had several rejected manuscripts languishing in drawers. Today, she is one of America's leading novelists, whose books are published around the world and excerpted in national magazines and translated in over twenty-five different languages. "I always have stories running around in my head," she explains. "Once I start putting them down on paper, I just keep going; I just keep writing."

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn't reading or making up stories. During the famous blizzard of '79, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they've expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

In the spring of 1995, Nora released her first novel written under the pseudonym J.D. Robb. The pragmatic reason for creating J.D. Robb was the astounding pace at which she produces books. With nearly 100 published books to her credit by 1995, she had built up a surplus of titles to be released by her publishers, and still was creating more. Reluctant to publish romantic suspense books akin to what she was already writing under a pseudonym, Ms. Roberts was convinced that readers would enjoy romantic suspense with a difference. Thus J.D. Robb was born. The initials were taken from Ms. Roberts's sons, Jason and Dan, while Robb was a shortened form of Roberts.

And Nora Roberts—in any guise—will continue to delight that audience with her inimitable combination of romance and suspense in this century or the next.