Live chat with Nora Roberts - transcript

February 07, 2006

The Herald-Mail will present a live chat with Nora Roberts, starting at 1:00 pm and ending at 2:00 pm today. Questions or comments can be submitted by clicking here before and during the chat.

The text of the live discussion will flow into the bottom of this page during its live hour. You can either click "Refresh" on your browser window or hit "F5" on your keyboard to see new responses. Make sure you scroll down to see the latest answers.

Name: Cathy Marshall

Location: Sharpsburg

Guest: Roberts

Question: I really enjoy Eve and Roarke, especially as they grow as indivduals and as a couple. Have you been approached by anyone to turn the In Death books into movies ? If not, would you consider it ?

Roberts: I really enjoy them, too. We have had options on the series, and are always open to pursuing the idea of a movie. Personally, I love movies, and I'd enjoy seeing the characters and the series translated into one.


Name: Pam

Location: Falling Waters, WV

Guest: Moderator

Question: Will you be doing a book signing in the area soon? If so, when and where?

Roberts: I have a signing this Sat, Feb 11 from one to three at my husband's bookstore, Turn The Page, in Boonsboro. Several other authors will also be signing. My husband's store puts on fun events. Hope you can make it!

Name: kim

Location: needmore

Guest: Roberts

Question: which book do you feel is you best book that you wrote/ And what other famous male or female author do you read?

Roberts: It's really impossible for me to judge which might be the best book I've done. And it's really so subjective. I can say the most important book to me is always the one I'm working on. That's the one that matters most at that particular time.

I love to read, and read a lot. Some of my favorites would be my pal (and Blue Ridge Summit resident) Patricia Gaffney, Robert Parker, Sue Grafton, John Sandford, Terry Pratchett, Lawrence Block, Elizabeth Berg. I could keep this up most of the day.

Name: Kenda

Location: Florida

Guest: Roberts

Question: Just wanted to say how much I enjoy the fact that you include the tri-state area in your books..imagine the suprise when I recognize the landmark...Thanks for taking me back home!

Roberts: I love this area--it's home. I really enjoy using it as a setting, putting in local landmarks.

Name: Deb King

Location: Forbes Road High School

Guest: Roberts

Question: What advice would you give to high school students interested in pursuing a career in writing?

Roberts: Study. Sorry, but that's a definite requirement. Read. Read everything, and remember to read for pleasure. For fun, not just for assignments. Write every day, even if it's just a page. You'll find your voice, your style, your particular area of writing interest with time, practice and exploration.

Name: elizabeth hess

Location: shepherdstown, WV

Guest: Roberts

Question: I'd like to know briefly about the new book Memory in death. I read Survior and Visions in death. I'm wondering if perhaps she (Det. Dallas)goes into more details how she killed her father.

Roberts: The current book, Memory In Death, deals with a person from Eve's past, her feelings about it, and memories that come back from after she was put in foster care. It really doesn't speak much to the time before that, or her father.

Name: cammy

Location: smithsburg, md

Guest: Roberts

Question: Of All the books you've written which is your favoite?

Roberts: My favorite book is always the one on sale now. So at the moment, my favorite book is Memory In Death.

Name: Cathy Marshall

Location: Sharpsburg

Guest: Roberts

Question: Will Mavis finally have her baby in the Memory In Death book ? I am so looking forward to Eve and Roarke's reaction to the real event.

Roberts: Sorry, you've got a little longer to wait. Mavis will have her baby in Born In Death, the next full length book in the series. We've had to shuffle my publishing schedule just a bit, so Born In Death will be out this November. And Mavis will, finally, have the baby.

Moderator: In a recent review in the Washington Post, one of your books was described as having a graphic rape scene.

How do you do research on topics like this and on police-related matters?

Roberts: There are many aspects of any given book that require extensive research. I do most of my through the internet, or through books. For a violent scene, I'd often rely most on my imagination and the characters involved. Who they are, what they are would play a major role in the tone and the action of a scene like this. Motive, location, the connection of lack of connection between the rapist and the victim.

For something more procedural, I may again rely on books--I have a lot of police and forensic material around here. Or I may talk to a cop.

Moderator: You've written so many books that it seems as if you are never at a loss for inspiration. Have you ever had "writer's block", and if so, how did you break out of it?

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