Friday, November 5
My favorite author (and yes, I'll clarify to add at this point in my life) is Nora Roberts. I waffled a bit with Janet Evanovich as she is the turning point in who made me want to be a writer, but La Nora wins as a person who's books I have to read. Even her alternate ego of JD Robb holds me captive.
Now the big question - why?
Because I think as I've grown as a reader, she's grown as a writer. When Nora first started her Eve Dallas series as JD Robb, Eve was a tough heroine. Ballsy, strong, outspoken. I hadn't read anything like it, and I loved it. Oh what fun to read about her and Roarke banging heads (and other parts) together as they tried to sort out their lives and their relationship.
And then, Nora started bringing the same type of heroine, the strong woman, into her novels. Northern Lights, with feisty heroine Meg Galloway just knocked my socks off. I've read that book over and over again. And Nate, the wounded hero. Not too soft that Meg just stomps all over him, strong enough to play a perfect foil to her strengths. It was brilliant reading.
High Noon, another book that kept me enthralled with heroine Phoebe MacNamara trying to keep her family together, while people a hostage negotiator and mother. Strong yes, and tough. But loved wearing girl clothes still when she went out with Duncan, the affable (yet still, oh so strong) hero.
For me, what makes her my favorite author is she makes her characters so three-dimensional. You can believe they say what they say, that they do what they do. And now that I've started writing, I appreciate that rarely, very very rarely do I get pulled out of a Nora book by a mis-characterization. She's goooooood.
So there you have it. Janet Evanovich inspired me to write, Kathleen Woodiwiss inspired me to read historical romance, but Nora Roberts holds me captive as my favorite author.