Author Biography - Janet Evanovich

A Big Fan

I am an unabashed fan of Janet Evanovich and eagerly anticipate each new novel. After the latest Stephanie Plum novel, Explosive Eighteen, and the movie based on her first Plum book, One for the Money, I decided to spread the word about this wonderful writer.

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum Novels)
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum Novels)

The book that started it all - the Stephanie Plum craze.


Who is Janet Evanovich?

Janet Evanovich, nom de plume of Janet Schneider, was born on April 22, 1943. She began writing in her 30s while spending the rest of her time as a wife and stay-at-home mom.

When Janet first started writing, she wrote as Steffie Hall and started with romance novels. Her first book, Hero at Large, was published in 1987. Tiring of all the mushy romance after a number of years, she decided to write adventure novels with a little romance thrown in and - with a twist - they would be written in the first person point of view of the heroine, Stephanie Plum. Janet researched bond enforcement agents in Trenton, New Jersey, where the books would take place.

There are 18 Stephanie Plum novels to date. Stephanie is a bounty hunter from New Jersey with a wacky family, no money and a penchant for destroying cars. Her partner, Lula (a heavy African-American woman with an attitude and an eye for clothes about 6 sizes too small), her on again-off again boyfriend policeman Joe Morelli and mysterious hunk, Ranger, make up the primary cast in each book. The books are "LOL - laugh out loud" funny and leave readers begging for more.

The first book in the series, One for the Money, was published in 1994 and the movie premiered on January 27, 2012. Janet had no involvement in making the movie but loves it. Katherine Heigl stars as Stephanie Plum.

The sixth book, Hot Six, was the first to reach number one on the New York Times Best Seller List. All the other books debuted at number one.

Janet has collaborated with other authors, such as Charlotte Hughes, on other novels and has published more than 25 books.

When beginning a new novel, Janet outlines the book first. She does do book tours and enjoys them. I like the fact that she accepts fan submissions for future book title ideas.

Janet and her family live in New Hampshire and Florida and everyone works at - Evanovich, Inc., the family business that began in 1995.

If you like books that are funny, have a bit of murder and mystery thrown in and are easy to read, check out the Stephanie Plum books. You won't be disappointed.

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Esmeowl12 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN Author

Sun, I also like Baldacci and Grisham. James Patterson is another of my favs. I'll have to try Connely.

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Ive read some Dean Koontz. Intense!!! My favorites are Michael Connely, David Baldacci and of course for legal suspense is John Grisham :)

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Esmeowl12 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN Author

Sunshine, do you like Dean Koontz? Plenty of murder and mayhem there. Love them.

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I read the first three books then lost interest. I found them very funny but they lacked a challenge for me. I like murder, mystery and mayhem! I am looking forward to the movie!! Voted UP!:)

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Esmeowl12 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN Author

Gypsy, I highly recommend you try "One for the Money." You'll be hooked for sure.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks so much for this great hub. Didn't know about this writer but it all sounds interesting. Will look into her books.Have a great New Year!

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Esmeowl12 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN Author

I agree Suzie. When I try to explain why I'm laughing to my family when reading a Plum book, I can't even do it. You have to read the books to really understand.

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Suzie ONeill 5 years ago from Lost in La La Land

I discovered the Stephanie Plum series just before "Ten Big Ones" was published. I LOVE this series! The book literally make me laugh out loud. The characters are all wacky but completely endearing. I can't wait to see the movie! :)

Thanks for helping drawing attention to a great author and a wonderful series of books!

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Esmeowl12 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN Author

Thanks, aslaught and drbj. I think the movies would be very popular. Very anxious to see "One for the Money." Not too sure about Debbie Reynolds being Grandma Mazur. She seems too young.

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aslaught 5 years ago from Alabama

I too enjoy Janet Evanowich novels. Interesting and well written hub!

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

I've discovered Stephanie Plum, too, Esme, and am eagerly awaiting the first movie based on her exploits. I would not be surprised if more of the Evanovich Plum novels become popular films, too.

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