Book signing draws crowd


Author Nora Roberts said she doesn't hold her pen waiting for inspiration to flow from her fingers when starting a novel.

"I believe more in building ideas," she said.

Roberts said she "plays" with ideas she gathers until they become a story line and eventually a novel.

It was through this process that Roberts completed her latest fiction novel, "The Three Fates," she said.

To kick off a nationwide book tour for "The Three Fates," a book signing was held at Turn the Page bookstore Sunday afternoon. The bookstore, on North Main Street in Boonsboro, is owned by Roberts' husband, Bruce Wilder.

More than 250 people stood in a line that flowed out the door for the chance to say hello to Roberts and have their book, newspaper article or poster signed.


When asked if "The Three Fates" is her best work to date, Roberts said, "I'm no judge of that."

Roberts said if she wasn't pleased with the book she wouldn't have had it published.

Fans of the author brought her Easter baskets and gushed about her work.

Carla B. Rewa, who said she is one of Roberts' biggest fans, owns every novel Roberts has written. She came from York, Pa., with her mother, Paula Rewa, and friend Teresa Burgess for the book signing.

"Her books are funny," said Rewa, who prefers Roberts' contemporary romances.

Rewa had Roberts sign her books and three large posters of Roberts' book covers.

"I got my mom hooked," she said.

Burgess said she sacrificed some of her housework to make time to read all of Roberts' books.

"It took me three years," she said.

Joining Roberts at her Boonsboro book signing were authors Brad Meltzer, Mary Blayney, Mary Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Velez.

Meltzer, a suspense writer, based his latest novel, "The First Counsel," in Washington because it was near his Betheseda, Md., home.

Meltzer, who met Roberts while seated next to her at a National Press Club meeting, said Roberts has been supportive of his writing career.

"The First Counsel" is his fourth novel, he said.

Mary Blayney, author of "His Heart's Delight," published two novels in the 1980s and then had a 12-year lull before publishing more of her work.

Blayney said she finds writing ideas while going about her daily routine. Her favorite types of novels to write are family sagas rich with historical settings and references. Her historical romances take months to prepare.

Blayney, a longtime friend of Roberts, said she gets so engrossed in researching her novels sometimes she has to force herself to sit down and write.

Mary Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Velez were in Boonsboro Sunday promoting their compilation of poems, "To Hell With Love: Poems to Mend a Broken Heart."

"I went through a bad break-up and hated the world," said Esselman.

The poems written by various authors capture what Esselman and Ash Velez said they consider the eight stages of a broken heart: rage, sadness, self-hatred, false hope, resolve, relapse, hope and moving on.

To help make the poetry more approachable, the women wrote brief introductions to each work.

Not long after the book came out Esselman met the man she later married, she said.

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