Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.
She worked briefly as a legal secretary. "I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever," she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.
Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.
Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.
Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.
Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her "America’s favorite novelist."
A New York Times Bestseller Nora Roberts enchants readers with two unique tales about passion so powerful it transcends time. Stranded in the present, 23rd-century time traveler Caleb Hornblower is more concerned about leaving behind beguilingly innocent Liberty Stone in "Time Was." In "Times Change," his cynical brother, Jacob, follows him into the past and is captivated by Liberty's spitfire sister, Sunny.
He loomed out of the fog, like some mythic figure, but Cassidy St. John
soon discovered Colin Sullivan was flesh and blood...and all man. He had
fame, wealth, charisma...and a reputation with the ladies. Yet, from
the moment Colin focused his mesmerizing attention on Cass, she was torn
between prudence and the irresistible desire to be reckless with her
heart. Colin was unaccustomed to refusal, particularly from
women. Yet Cass intrigued him as no other woman ever had. She had
spirit, beauty...but it was her innocence that drove him to hold back
and - for once in his life - not simply take what he wanted. No, it would require more subtlety...patience...tenderness than he'd ever shown to make her Sullivan's woman.