Posted on 03/27/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Writer Nora Roberts has had enough of the speculation — enhanced by romance’s recent plagiarism scandal — about the “true” authorship of her books.

So she took to Facebook recently to explain to the world just how she manages to produce what she does.

(The tl;dr version? Discipline, drive, desire. No ghostwriters or co-authors.)

Read Roberts’s (in her words) “probably doomed” effort to outline her writing process on her Facebook page.

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I love Nora Roberts books and have enjoyed them for years. One of the last I've read, however, and I can't remember which title as I've read so many, had a distinct stylistic change in a chapter about midway through. I felt after finishing the book that it could have been written by 2 or 3 different authors, each covering discrete chapters in the book. I've often wondered how it is possible to be such a prolific writer as Roberts is. At any rate, most of her writing is exceptional in topic and depth of character. Thank you,Nora Roberts! 🌷💗🌷
Karin Bergman | 08/08/2021 at 07:58 AM
I read some of the other comments, and I have to say, Shadows in Death is the first time that I noticed the writing was just off. The feel, the word choice, the cadence of the narrative did not at all feel like Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb. Even Roarke’s being inside the crime scene is way off.
Virginia | 02/14/2021 at 03:53 PM
I have loved Nora Roberts for so many years I can't even count them. And her writing is JD Robb was one of the best series I've ever read. I have fallen in love with all of the characters. And it pains me to say that I agree with so many of these reviews did state that the last several books have seemed very much out of character. The interactions between Eve and Peabody are nowhere near as funny and connected as they used to be. And the relationship between Eve and roarke does not have the passion or Spark. I'm reading the latest book faithless and death and I and more than three-quarters through the book and Roark has only appeared twice. I don't know if the ghostwriting rumors are true but I do feel like Nora isnt writing like she used to. I miss the connection to all these characters. The dialogue is nowhere near the way it was in previous books. I agree that the words and phrases that all of them are using are very off the norm. I will always continue to be a fan and will always wait for the new installment. That I'm sincerely hoping we can get back to the eve and roarke and the rest of the characters that we dearly love.
Tiffany Irene Dahl | 02/12/2021 at 07:14 AM
I have read Nora Roberts for 30 years. I am very familiar with her voice in her books. I haven't enjoyed that voice in a while. I haven't read a JD Robb since Delusions in Death where the ghost writer had Eve happy that she found a restaurant that "served real meat that a cop could afford." When every book till that point had real meat as a luxury that only the ultra mega rich could afford. As for the Chronicles of The One - I've only read Year One so far... there were no sensual scenes, no central female and male protagonists (in past each book of a series would focus on 2 people and tell their story and not change until the next book), and the birth scene was told from the man's view point (no woman is going to write as if his crushed hand was more important then the mother's experience). I am not being disrespectful of her talent. I am missing her writing. More, while I except that big name authors are "encouraged" by their publishers to use ghostwriters because the big name sells, I wish the publishers would use talented writers who have read the author. (Orson Scott Card was a ghostwriter before his own books became big)
Krista | 01/03/2021 at 09:20 PM
To all who complain about Nora Robert’s last books let me ask you something. Do you not have good and bad days at your work? She isn’t a robot and I don’t believe she is a liar. For Ms. Robert’s a question. When you began writing did you ever have trouble taking your decision to write seriously? I’m a wannabe writer but was told I’d never earn a living. I took in 4 kids and a mother and it stopped being a question. Though I used to write every day of my life. I had too many depending on me to take a risk. So I became a whiner and full of excuses. If you had that issue how did you overcome it? I’ve let writing be a dream for much too long. Thanks for your time.
Patricia Mensch Shell | 11/22/2020 at 08:06 PM
I am agreeing with Marsha, Carol, and Tracey.....(read their comments). The last several JD Robb novels have been stiff, plastic, lacking in the characters interactions that made the novels so fascinating. The story line is there, but the humor and writing talent is missing. I really hope Nora Roberts is ok..... I don’t believe these were written by her.
Joy | 11/21/2020 at 11:04 PM
There hasn't been a book from Nora Roberts that I haven't read and enjoyed !! I love her style and her characters in both her Nora books and her J.D.Robb books. I have favorites that I read and re-read and they never get old . They are favorite old friends that I love to visit. When I first listened to her J.D.Robb books on audio I fell in love with Eve and Roarke and I can read the In Death series now and hear Eve and Roarke and Peabody in my head . Her books are my ultimate escape and entertainment Thank You, Nora Roberts, for many , many hours of pure enjoyment !! I have several other favorite authors that I read and enjoy but Nora Roberts is always at the top of my list !! I love and appreciate your talents and your craft and I take my hat off to you !! Thank You !!
Patsy | 10/10/2020 at 12:35 AM
I haven't heard the last two In Death series books yet but I am constantly re-listening to them from the beginning. (Audio book junkie here and it all started with J.D.Robb) I've been mesmerized by this series for close to 10 years and have never been disappointed in a single storyline. Maybe people are too uptight and critical (which happens to be my perception of how some of the 'reviewers' sound)...but I'd love to see them churn out worldwide best sellers in multiple genres a few times per year! Maybe take a step back and remember what drew you to her books in the first place. Everyone evolves as time goes by. I, for one, plan to enjoy every second of my favorite author's heart and soul poured out into these stories for as long as humanly possible.
Julie | 09/15/2020 at 03:15 PM
Wow. To all the complainers, why don't you try doing what Ms. Roberts does never mind doing it better.
Therese Madonia | 09/12/2020 at 03:10 PM
I am having difficulty reading Nora Robert's newest JD Robb, Golden in Death book. The dialogue is boring and uncharacteristic of the characters. There is a stiffness throughout the book and the magic between Eve and Roarke is not there. Peabody is using language and phrases that she would never use. Every now and then I see a hint of the old Nora Roberts in the writing. I also felt like the sequel to Year One was disjointed and poorly written. I couldn't wait to read it and was very disappointed as I am with the JD Robb book. I am wondering if there is a ghost writer for both books.
Marsha M Skinner | 08/15/2020 at 03:24 PM
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