…Nora that is.
I was reminded by this yesterday when I made a Twitter hail for people to tell me their favorite non-historical book that’s set on a ranch in Montana. I know. Very specific query, but my current WIP begins on a ranch in Montana, so I’m wanting to read more in that vein for color and research. Of course several folks mentioned Montana Sky by Nora Roberts, which is one of my faves. It was actually the first Nora I ever read, back when I was about thirteen or fourteen, and it set off a lifelong love of both romance and Nora’s books in particular. She’s been on my auto buy list ever since.
In my continued quest for more Montana ranch books, I actually went to the Amazon page for Montana Sky, hoping to find some other “customers who bought this also bought” recommendations. Every single book on all 20 pages was another Nora. She’s an incredibly prolific writer and, despite detractors that criticize her for head hopping and other things, her fans are rabid and legion. The woman tells a damn good story, and she presents very relatable heroines who have wants and desires beyond landing a husband. And I don’t know anybody who writes families–blooded and made ones–better than she does.
My Twitter query actually led to a discussion with several other Nora fans who talked about what their first Nora was. It’s interesting to me to hear the answers and find out whether they began with her shorter category length stuff or from her full length romantic suspense or contemporaries. I started with the latter and wound up working my way backward. And as I’ve grown as a writer, stronger in my craft, I can look at her early work compared to later, and see how she herself improved over decades. I find her so inspirational, and I’m proud to say she’s definitely one of my writer heroes.
What was your first Nora?