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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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
I am very confused by Nora Robert’s most recent books, especially her JD Robb ones. They don’t sound like her at all! Her Death characters are much less likable and more abrupt. Not the Eve and Peabody I know and love. Had to go back to her older ones to confirm my perceptions. Sad.
Carol Adele-Jewett | 07/29/2020 at 02:00 AM
Reading a new nora roberts book, and the still is so unlike her (and the book so poorly written) she's either slipping or using a ghost writer
Tracey | 01/30/2020 at 04:04 AM
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