Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter who, as she says, has "a lot more luck than skill" and who acknowledges, "I'm not good with guns and I've never found the time to take self-defense. The only black belt in my closet is a narrow snakeskin with a gold buckle."
She's a Jersey girl who knows how to walk down a flight of stairs in high heels and a tight mini-skirt and who definitely appreciates her beau, cop Joe Morelli, and her sometimes co-worker, Ranger, who is "the sort of lover who could make a woman forget she values commitment."
Plum is also a huge success, starring in Janet Evanovich's latest novel, "To the Nines" (St. Martin's, $25.95), which has already spent three weeks on the New York Times best-seller lists and will probably stay there a good long time...
Although Evanovich never tracked down criminals who skipped bail or got beaten up by a purse-wielding little old lady, both grew up in working-class families and graduated from Rutgers University with honors.
But while Stephanie Plum lives in Trenton's Chambersburg section _ affectionately known as the 'Burg _ the author has long since left her native state for rural New Hampshire.
"I'm still a Jersey girl, though," Evanovich said. "Everything I learned about life and love and kids I learned at my Aunt Lena's kitchen table in South River."
Since the first Plum novel, "One for the Money," debuted in 1994, Evanovich has brought welcome publicity to the troubled capital city.
Hailed as “laugh-out-loud funny” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and “brilliantly evocative” by the Denver Post, Janet Evanovich is the #1 bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels-including Lean Mean Thirteen and Fearless Fourteen-as well as twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author. Since penning her first Stephanie Plum book, One For the Money, in 1994, she formed a family business, Evanovich, Inc., with her son, Peter (he handles all the finances), daughter, Alex (she designed her mom's website), and husband, Pete (who manages the business). Evanovich's interest in NASCAR® inspired her to launch another (literally) fast-paced series with the bestselling Metro Girl in 2004. She lives in New Hampshire and Florida.
After high school graduation Evanovich entered Douglass College, where she studied art, earning her bachelor of arts degree in 1965. She also married her high school sweetheart while at college. Her new husband was a doctoral candidate at Rutgers, and during her first years out of college Evanovich continued to work on her painting while taking a series of temp jobs, waitressing, selling cars, even working as an insurance claims adjuster...
"What I really write is adventure stories—Indiana Jones in Trenton," mystery writer Janet Evanovich told Booklist's GraceAnne A. DeCandido in an interview. The author of a successful series of humorous detective novels set in Trenton, New Jersey, Evanovich has created what may be "the single hottest character in crime fiction at the moment," wrote Bill Ott in a Booklist review of 2001's Hot Six...
FAQ (writing) How do I get published?
Q. After three long years of working nights at my kitchen table, I’ve finally typed in the two words I’ve been dreaming about: The End. Now what do I do?
JANET: Here is an overview of the process:
Write the book. Unpublished writers attempting to sell fiction need to have a completed and polished manuscript in hand.
When you’ve got a finished manuscript, write a one-page query letter describing the book to a literary agent. (See the Quick Reference for an example.)
If your letter intrigues the agent, he will ask to see the manuscript.
If the agent likes the manuscript, he will agree to represent you.
Your agent then decides which editors and which publishers are appropriate and sends your manuscript out to one or more of those editors.
If an editor likes the book and wants to buy it for his publishing house, he will contact your literary agent, who will then negotiate details of the sale. If several editors express interest in the book, your agent will put it up for auction. In that case, your book goes to whomever you and your agent feel made the best offer.
The publisher then puts the manuscript into book form and sells the books to the stores, which, in turn, sell them to your readers.
Who is reading the audios for the next Plum novel, and why isn’t it CJ Critt/Lori Petty/Debbie Mazar?
Sizzling Sixteen is an Audio Renaissance (now known as Macmillan Audio) audiobook recording for St. Martin’s Press. For Smokin’ Seventeen, Explosive Eighteen and Notorious Nineteen, the audio publisher is Random House Audio. The reader for both abridged and UNabridged books will continue to be Lorelei King. She has done a fantastic job on all of the UK Plum audios. She does not read with a British accent. She has been nominated for a CWA award for one of her Stephanie Plum readings. CJ Critt no longer reads the Plum books due to Lorelei’s association with Macmillan Audio and Random House Audio. Recorded Books used to do the UNabridged versions of audio books for Audio Rennaissance (now Macmillan Audio), but that contract ended a few years ago.
I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.
Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.
With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.
After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure.
Janet Evanovich was born and raised in South River, New Jersey. She began writing novels in her thirties while she was busy being a housewife and mother. To help her learn the art of dialogue, she took improvisational acting lessons. After years trying to write the Great American Novel, she shifted her focus to romance. She found that she enjoyed the genre. Her first book, “Hero at Large” was published under the pseudonym Steffie Hall. After twelve romance novels, she turned her attention to writing romantic adventure novels and wrote “One for the Money”, the first Stephanie Plum mystery novel.
Her books are loved for their sense of humor and playful, dynamic action. She continues to be a bestselling author
She and her husband, Peter, live in New Hampshire.