The amazing Nora Roberts has a series written as J.D.Robb - the In Death series. I love that series. I have read all 40+ books and am looking forward to the new one that will come out in Feb, 2017.
I stumbled onto that series precursor - Night Tales.
It is okay. Not the caliber of In Death but okay.
And that gives me hope.
The amazing Nora wrote 5 books that lead her to Naked In Death - the first in that series.
She didn't just come up with the characters Eve Dallas and Roarke out of thin air, she honed them. With practice. And time spent writing.
There's hope for me (as a writer) yet.