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Live chat with Nora Roberts - transcript

February 07, 2006
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Roberts: I honestly don't rely on inspiration. I think if you wait for `the muse' you may wait a very long time. I build stories. Just start with some sort of situation or setting, character type, some element, then begin to build it. It's work, but it's really interesting work.

I haven't dealt with writer's block. One of my tricks is simply not to believe in it. I believe, much more, that writing is a habit. And that you don't break the habit. I write through the rough times. I may toss stuff out, but I haven't broken the habit. I can fix a poorly written page, but I can't fix a blank one.




Name: Nattie Carbaugh

Location: Hustontown, PA

Guest: Roberts

Question: I really enjoy your Ireland based novels. What inspired you to create novels in this setting?

Roberts: My roots are in Ireland on both sides of my family. Other than home, it's the place that speaks to me the strongest. When I first visited there, many years ago, I knew I would have to write books set in Ireland. It's a place that pulses with stories.

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Name: kim

Location: pa

Guest: Roberts

Question: I had seen that there was a auction on ebay to which you may bid to have a name to be in one of you books. Just wonder if the person who won the auction is a famous person and when the book will be out.

Roberts: I don't think the auction winner's famous. Her name is Linda-gail Case, and a character with her name plays an important part in Angel's Falls, coming out this July.




Name: Nattie Carbaugh

Location: Hustontown, PA

Guest: Roberts

Question: I enjoy your novels and have chosen you for my senior author project. I need to do an oral presentation in a few months on your novels. Do you have any suggestions?

Roberts: I know there's a lot of information on me on line, and you can also check my website, or visit the reader board where I often participate. That's ADWOFF.com. It's fun. You could also e-mail me at--I think it's MailtoNora@aol.com @aol.com

Good luck!




Name: Ken

Location: Sharpsburg

Guest: Roberts

Question: I would guess your relationship with your editor is as strong as any in the industry. Do you have any ideas on local resources for someone with a manuscript wanting to work one-on-one with an editor? Thanks.

Roberts: I've worked with my editor at Putman/Berkley for, gosh, I guess we're heading toward 15 years. So yes, it's a very strong relationship. I don't honestly know a great deal about free-lance editors, but would suggest you try a writer's organization. They're really good for information, support and networking. Washington Romance Writers is a very solid group, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. They often hold workshops, with industry professionals, in the D.C. area.




Name: Cathy Marshall

Location: Sharpsburg

Guest: Roberts

Question: I was given Remember When for Christmas. I was very happy to find Eve and the gang in Part 2. Are there anymore of those surprises that I'm missing ?

Roberts: Remember When was the first, and so far only, time I've collaborated with myself--so to speak. If I ever come up with another idea that would suit that sort of collaboration, I'd love to try it again.




Name: cammy

Location: smithsburg

Guest: Roberts

Question: I truly enjoy your booksignings at Turn the Page. I think it is awesome that you take time out with your fans several times a year. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your fans?

Roberts: I'm extraordinary lucky with my readers, and value them--their loyalty, their humor. I may feel a little tired by hour three of a booksigning, but the fact is it's really lovely to know people would come to see me, and wait so long to have a book signed.

But when I signing's over, I really want to go home and have an adult beverage.




Name: Elizabeth Park

Location: Lively, Va. 22507

Guest: Roberts

Question: I read your books as soon as they are available in my area.

What is your latest book and can I find it in my local library?

Thank you.

Roberts: My latest is Memory In Death, written as J.D. Robb. The latest under my name would be Red Lily, the third in the paperback original In The Garden trilogy. Both should be available at your local library.




Moderator: In a previous answer, you mentioned that you were inspired by the country of Ireland. Is there any part of Washington County, or the Tri-state area that particularly inspires you?

Roberts: Again, I don't know about inspiration, but I find a lot to use in this area. I live in a rural section of the county, and enjoy using the countryside, and the small town flavor in books. I like the look of this area--the woods, the rolling hills, stony fields, the old houses.




Name: cammy

Location: smithsburg

Guest: Roberts

Question: I read somewhere that your book Sanctuary was made into a movie starring Melissa Gilbert. Do you know if that movie is available anywhere for purchase?

Roberts: Sanctuary was made into a CBS TV movie, staring Melissa Gilbert, a few years ago. As far as I know it isn't available on VHS or DVD. Sorry.

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