Featured

5 Things You Didn't Know About Maryland's Most Famous Romance Novelist

Eva Niessner

5 Things You Didn't Know About Maryland's Most Famous Romance Novelist

When you think romance novels, you probably think of a few things - covers with people kissing, maybe a pretty lady swooning into the beefy arms of Fabio. Maybe they're in a castle or on a farm or in cabin in the woods, but no matter where they are, you just know that true love will win in the end. That could be why people love romance novels so much! There's a happy ending in store, no matter how tough things get for our hero and heroine.

And if I asked you to think of a romance author, you might think of Nicholas Sparks or Danielle Steel, or even Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters if you're old school. But if you're from Maryland, you probably think of Nora Roberts. You've seen her books everywhere -- bookstores, grocery stores, your mom's bedside table. But did you know....

1. Her name isn't actually Nora Roberts. 

The author we know as Nora Roberts was born Eleanor Marie Robertson -- not too far off the more famous moniker, huh? According to Wikipedia, she chose Nora Roberts because she assumed romance authors used pen names. (Another method to choose your romance author pen name -- use your middle name and the name of the street you grew up on. What's yours?) 

Born in Silver Spring, Roberts lived in Keedysville and now resides in Boonsboro with her husband. And in fact...

2. She's living her own romance novel, right here in Maryland!

According to her website, Roberts met her second husband Bruce when she hired him to build some bookshelves. Seriously, unless he was a vampire or a duke or something, we can't imagine a more picture-perfect meeting for a romance writer! Now, she and Bruce run a bookstore and two restaurants in Boonsboro. Coolest of all is the Inn BoonsBoro, the hotel that Roberts bought and added her own touch to -- a fire that razed the place before opening couldn't even keep her down! The inn is featured in some of her books, and if you choose to stay, you can step into one of her stories for yourself. 

3. She's written a lot of books -- like, a lot. 

Planning to read her entire body of work? Well, get crackin'! Roberts is the author of more than 200 titles, and she's not stopping anytime soon. Her 2017 releases include Come Sundown and Year One -- and her older works are being re-printed, too! Now, it's easier than ever to catch up on all her trilogies and related series. (We bet they'll have a copy or two of her reads at that bookstore in Boonsboro!)

 

(A must read! Photo via Nora Roberts website)

4. And she wrote all those books thanks to serious dedication!

You don't build up a portfolio like that by being lazy! Roberts writes for eight hours a day, same as any full-time job -- except she even writes when she's on vacation, too! Now that's a writer who truly gives her craft all that she has. And that hard work pays off -- she's spent 1,045 total weeks on the NYT bestseller list, according to her website. That's 20 years! 20 years of being a NYT bestseller! Hey, Marylanders just know how to rock that hard. 

5. Want to follow in her footsteps? You can!

Maybe now you're thinking, "This sounds like an amazing job -- I want to be a romance author, too!" But how do you get started? Where should you go? Well, look no further than McDaniel College -- the home of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance. No, it's not a place to find a date (at least, that's not its purpose, though you could always meet the love of your life there!). Thanks to the Nora Roberts Foundation, you could become an academic expert on the art of writing romance literature. How cool is that? Thanks, Nora Roberts! 

 

All photos via Pexels unless otherwise credited

Leave a reply

Latest articles

6 Fascinating Facts about Butterflies

04/28/22

6 Fascinating Facts about Butterflies

One of our favorite signs that warm weather and blooming flowers are coming soon is seeing a butterfly! Butterflies are beautiful and helpful little creatures that come in every size,...

read more
Prep for Preakness With These Products

05/16/22

Prep for Preakness With These Products

The Preakness Stakes are coming up fast! Next week, Baltimore will be buzzing with excitement as the thoroughbreds race for the wreath of Black-Eyed Susans. Whether you're planning to attend...

read more
OCEAN CITY
12 Fun Facts About OC, MD

05/16/22

12 Fun Facts About OC, MD

We know it. We love it. It's Ocean City, Maryland! Chances are, you've got memories of this iconic beach town from your childhood. But we've got a few fun facts...

read more
MEMORIAL DAY
Here are 12 Fun Ways to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in MD

05/16/22

Here are 12 Fun Ways to Spend Memoria...

Memorial Day is coming up fast, Marylanders! Did it sneak up on you? Even if you don't have plans yet, there's no need to fear. We've got a dozen ideas...

read more
SEAFOOD
Dining on the Water in MD: Try these 6 Spots

05/16/22

Dining on the Water in MD: Try these ...

One of the best things about Maryland is that you're never far from the water! This summer, why not treat yourself to a delicious meal right by the waterside? Here...

read more
MEMORIAL DAY
Support These 5 Veteran Nonprofits This Memorial Day

05/26/22

Support These 5 Veteran Nonprofits Th...

It's important to remember that Memorial Day isn't just about grilling hamburgers and visiting the beach. Memorial Day was created to honor those who died in US military service --...

read more
CLOTHES
Our Domino Sugar Collab is Super Sweet!

05/16/22

Our Domino Sugar Collab is Super Sweet!

There's something awfully sweet about the pride that Baltimore has in the Domino Sugar company! Last year, the iconic sign made its way back to the Baltimore skyline, and we...

read more
Madame Maryland's Horoscope: June 2022

05/25/22

Madame Maryland's Horoscope: June 2022

June is here, and summer has fully arrived! We're all looking forward to long, warm days and time spent with friends and family. If you're wondering what June has in...

read more
HOME
Cool Down With A Lemon Stick

05/25/22

Cool Down With A Lemon Stick

Close your eyes. Picture a tasty, minty, sour, refreshing, summery treat that will make you feel a million times better when the weather here in Maryland is sticky and gross....

read more