Nora Roberts was quite the prolific writer, needing not one, not two, but three pseudonyms for the publishers to be able to keep up with her output. Roberts was born Eleanor Marie Robertson on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland. After graduating high school in 1968, she married her first husband, Ronald Aufdem-Brinke, and set up residence in Keedysville, Maryland. She first began writing when she was stuck at home in February 1979 with her two kids. Her first novel <i>Irish Thoroughbred</i> was accepted by a publisher in 1981. While she was primarily known for her romance novels, she had so many ideas that the publisher suggested she write under another name so they could print more of her books. J.D. Robb came to life then; the J and D were the first initials of her sons Jason and Dan and Robb was fairly obvious as a play on her last name. Robb was known for writing detective series that were set in the future. She also had the nom de plume Jill March and for her books that were published in the UK, she wrote under the name Sarah Hardesty. Many of her books were made either into movies or Lifetime TV movies, and she was inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame (of which she was a founding member) in 2011. Over the years, Roberts became very popular; by 1999, her books always hit the <i>New York Times</i> Best Sellers list; starting that year, at least one book each by both Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb made the list every year.