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July 21, 2007

'Queen of Romance' still going strong

Known as the “Queen of Romance,” author Nora Roberts has written more than 175 books and countless best-sellers — but that doesn’t mean she will be stopping anytime soon. Nearly 300 million copies of her books are in print.

“I will never stop writing — if I stop, they won’t pay me,” Robert said jokingly during an interview in Dallas last week during the 27th Annual Romance Writers of America’s national conference. “I love my work — it’s the best job in the world. I love to tell stories. Every time it’s like the first book all over again.”

Roberts gave credit to her legions of fans for making her what she is today.

“Where would I be without them?” she said. “I appreciate and value my readers. I have fun meeting them. They are such interesting people, so smart, so diverse.”

Roberts was one of hundreds of authors who participated in the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing event while at the conference.

“The literacy signing is something tremendous that RWA does — it’s amazing. Three hundred to four hundred authors donate their time and every penny goes to literacy. I really enjoy participating in it each year,” Roberts said.

Born Oct. 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Md., the youngest of five children, Roberts married young and settled in Keedysville, Md. She worked briefly as a legal secretary. After her sons were born, she stayed home and tried all kinds of crafts.

A blizzard in February 1979 changed all that. Growing up reading and making up stories, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and started to write. After several manuscripts and rejections, Silhouette published her first book, “Irish Thoroughbred,” in 1981. From then, the books haven’t stopped. Her books were first published under various Silhouette imprints. In 1987, she began writing single title books for Bantam. Five years later she moved to Putnam to write single title hard covers as well as original paperbacks as both Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb.

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