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Nora Roberts, 1950-

Born Eleanor Marie Robertson, Nora Roberts is an award winning and best selling  American author of more than 200 romance novels. She also writes as J.D. Robb for the “In Death” series, also as Jill March, and in the UK as Sarah Hardesty.

The clock image was adapted from a circa 1920 historical postcard commemorating the Japanese Empire’s first census. Found in Wikimedia Commons Images.

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  1. Anonymous

     /  05/12/2012

    Why do writers use pseudonyms? Do they think people won’t buy their books if they write in a different genre? I could never understand the point.

    • Publishers often insist on pen names when authors write in another genre because they feel it saves in confusion and disappointment. Fans, especially Genre readers, tend to expect very specific things from their favorite authors. Some genre readers don’t want to read out of their favorite genre even if it’s a favorite author.

      Some Authors use pen names to maintain some privacy or to separate their writing identity from their day job/professional identity. Some authors use pen names when they haven’t been selling well and want to write with a fresh slate. I use a pen name, a close variation of my name, because there are authors with very similar names; the change puts me far from them alphabetically.

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  2. K, for Nora Roberts, it’s a bit of all of the above and more. She started using different pen names to differentiate her different genres and because she puts out so many books each year she was diluting her own brand. Enjoy always, T


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