|Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 10:49 am: |
A lot of people have made comments that I put out too many books too quickly. Personally, I do that because I refuse to have a ton of books collecting dust on my hard drive and I made that clear to my publisher before I signed my first of four contracts for eleven books in less than one year (the 11th one hits shelves in June 2004). It has amazed me that so many people seem to have a problem with it; even though it has nothing whatsoever to do with them and as long as my books sell (and they do) the industry will not have a problem with it either. A lot of people have dubbed me the AA Nora Roberts but I am nowhere near it. One day, though, because I will write under numerous names. In fact, some of the legal thrillers I do have collecting dust will be coming out shortly under a new pseudonym. For those who don't realize it, Zane does not actually exist. She is but a small part of me and the name I do my "recreational writing" under.
With all of that said, I wanted to get the reaction of some of you on the following article. As you can see, Nora Roberts is definitely "The One." There is another white female author that is also a New York Times Bestselling Author under two names and two genres. I will not mention her name here because I don't think her situation is a commonly known fact. However, now Nora is making a bold move and publishing her next book under both of her names. I think it's cool. What do you think?
New York Daily News - http://www.nydailynews.com
Roberts' co-author - herself
By SHERRYL CONNELLY
DAILY NEWS FEATURE WRITER
Wednesday, September 17th, 2003
Her fans call her "The Nora," while in publishing she's "The One." Nora Roberts has published 169 novels, had 86 best sellers and there are more than 200 million copies of her books in print.
The books are published under two names - her own and the pseudonym J.D. Robb.
Now, her newest novel, "Remember When" (Putnam, $25.95), the first to be written under both names, is rolling out with a confident first printing of 540,000.
Under her own name, Roberts writes romance every which way, from stand-alone romantic suspense novels to historical series.
As Robb, she has written 17 futuristic mysteryromances featuring police Lt. Eve Dallas.
"This book was something of an editorial brew," Roberts says from her home in Keedysville, Md. "My publisher came up with the suggestion of combining the two, but I don't do something to be cool. I have to have an idea. The right idea."
She went with a jewel heist. In the novel's first part, the owner of an antiques store in a small Maryland town is threatened by criminal associates of her father, after he disappears with part of a haul of diamonds worth $28.4 million.
In part two, set in 2059, detective Dallas must serve and protect the woman's granddaughter, whom thieves believe is still holding some of the sparklers.
It was also at her editor's suggestion that Roberts first took a pseudonym in 1995.
She was simply putting out too many books a year to write under one name. Publishing in both hardcover and original paperback, she produces between six and eight novels a year.
"This is my job, and I take my job very seriously," she says. "I am very disciplined. I was taught by nuns." She writes five days a week, eight hours a day.
Her start as a writer is legendary in romance circles. As a 28-year-old mother, she was snowbound with her two young sons for days by a blizzard in 1979.
To "save my sanity," Roberts started to write a story. Previously, she says she was addicted to macrame and the like, but found turning out one novel after another so much more satisfying.
"Writing is such vicious work that if you didn't love it, you'd kill yourself."
Her first novel, "Irish Thoroughbred," was published by Silhouette in 1981.
Calling herself an "obsessive-compulsive personality," Roberts says she doesn't keep track of how many novels she writes a year, though there is a stack of completed manuscripts awaiting publication.
She is also a self-described homebody, who says her husband "has to drag me out of the house to get me to go anywhere." And while, "I certainly enjoy my success," she sure didn't see it coming.
"All I wanted to do was write a book," she says. "Then all I wanted to do was sell a book."