Nora Roberts

Birth Name: 
Eleanor Marie Robertson
Short bio: 

Nora Roberts (Eleanor Marie Robertson) was born on October 10, 1950, in Silver Spring, MD, the youngest of five children. Roberts married her first husband, Ronald Aufdem Brinke, in 1968, shortly after graduating from high school, and a few years later, had two sons. She spent her spare time crafting for many years, until a fateful blizzard came along in February 1979. Snowed in with her young boys (who were 3 and 6 years old at the time), Roberts turned to her storytelling skills and began writing down, with pencil and paper, a story.. and her career was set in motion. Roberts produced several manuscripts over the next year or two, received rejection letters from publishers, and then, in 1981, sold her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, to Silhouette, a romance publisher.

Over the next two years, Roberts published 23 more novels, finally catching the public's attention in 1985 with Playing the Odds. That novel was a breakthrough for Roberts, and she became a fan favorite. Since then Roberts has published more than 140 novels, chiefly romance, and selling more than 127 million copies of her books in the United States alone.


Nora Roberts
19239 Burnside Bridge Road
Keedysville, MD 21756


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First I want to say I enjoy your books. I recently started reading them because my fiance's grandmother, Bernice is a fan and just loves your books. The reason I'm writing is because on November 21, 2017, Bernice will be turning 100 years old, and I was hoping you could reach out to her in some way. She does not have email, but if you could send her a note or pic with a comment - I think that would make her day. She's a wonderful soul, and I try to make things special for her when I can, and this would be special. She lives in an assisted facility - her address is Ms. Bernice Mesolella, The Legacy, 4203 Providence Circle, Rochester, NY 14616

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