Nora Roberts was born in Silver Springs, Maryland on October 10, 1950. It was during a blizzard in 1979 that Roberts, a stay-at-home mother, began to write. She found she had a knack for writing and after several rejections her first novel, Irish Hearts, was published in 1981. Her illustrious career as a romance writer has landed many of her novels at the top of the bestsellers list and her books have been published in over 35 countries. Since 1995 Roberts has also found success with her series of romantic suspense novels published under the pseudonym J. D. Robb. Roberts’ most recent books are Irish Dreams and High Noon.