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What is a Jersey girl?

"A love of an unpretentious good time, and a certain sense of style. Jersey girls are about attitude. They're about eating pizza, drinking beer, having great hair - and enjoying it all. She's got a mouth on her. She says what she means. And she's got a nice, cheerful laugh. Bottom line, all of them are sexy as hell" (from the Newark, NJ, Star Ledger, as published on UrbanDictionary.com).

That definition could have been written about bestselling, award-winning author Janet Evanovich, a Jersey girl who has won legions of fans with her quirky characters, fast-paced plots and snarky, west-of-the-Hudson wit.

Over the span of an almost twenty-year writing career, Evanovich has penned more than a dozen romance novels: the Barnaby and Hooker series; the non-fiction title How I Write; more than a half dozen collaborative novels; two graphic novels; and the light paranormal Wicked books, which feature a not-so-angelic hero in search of statues representing the Seven Deadly Sins, and a heroine who has the ability to detect magical charms.
ABOUT THE BOOK

What is a Jersey girl?

"A love of an unpretentious good time, and a certain sense of style. Jersey girls are about attitude. They're about eating pizza, drinking beer, having great hair - and enjoying it all. She's got a mouth on her. She says what she means. And she's got a nice, cheerful laugh. Bottom line, all of them are sexy as hell" (from the Newark, NJ, Star Ledger, as published on UrbanDictionary.com).

That definition could have been written about bestselling, award-winning author Janet Evanovich, a Jersey girl who has won legions of fans with her quirky characters, fast-paced plots and snarky, west-of-the-Hudson wit.

Over the span of an almost twenty-year writing career, Evanovich has penned more than a dozen romance novels: the Barnaby and Hooker series; the non-fiction title How I Write; more than a half dozen collaborative novels; two graphic novels; and the light paranormal Wicked books, which feature a not-so-angelic hero in search of statues representing the Seven Deadly Sins, and a heroine who has the ability to detect magical charms.

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Janet Evanovich: A Biography
Introduction
Early Life and Career
Awards and Accomplishments
Personal Life
Recent News
Public statements and attributed quotes
Trivia/facts
Books by Janet Evanovich (as of April 2012)
Conclusion
Sources
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What is a Jersey girl?
“A love of an unpretentious good time, and a certain sense of style. Jersey girls are about
attitude. They're about eating pizza, drinking beer, having great hair – and enjoying it all.
She's got a mouth on her. She says what she means. And she's got a nice, cheerful laugh.
Bottom line, all of them are sexy as hell" (from the Newark, NJ, Star Ledger, as published
on UrbanDictionary.com).
That definition could have been written about bestselling, award-winning author Janet
Evanovich, a Jersey girl who has won legions of fans with her quirky characters, fast-
paced plots and snarky, west-of-the-Hudson wit.
Over the span of an almost twenty-year writing career, Evanovich has penned more than
a dozen romance novels: the Barnaby and Hooker series; the non-fiction title How I Write;
more than a half dozen collaborative novels; two graphic novels; and the light paranormal
Wicked books, which feature a not-so-angelic hero in search of statues representing the
Seven Deadly Sins, and a heroine who has the ability to detect magical charms.
But Evanovich’s biggest contribution to kick-ass summer reading is, by far, the Stephanie
Plum bounty hunter series: nineteen books (plus four novellas) and counting, jam-packed
with action, romance, and dysfunctional family fun.
What Plum fan hasn’t spent countless hours contemplating and debating the merits of
Morelli versus Ranger? Bad-boy cop versus sexy, mysterious mentor? Love versus lust?
Who hasn’t wondered if Stephanie will ever settle for just one of them?
These are the questions that keep readers wanting more. And buying more.
To date, Evanovich has sold more than 80 million books worldwide. Her books have hit
the USA Today Best Seller’s List since 1994, and the New York Times Bestsellers List
consistently since 2000, and have been translated into more than 25 languages
But although her characters’ witty repartee comes fast and easy, Evanovich’s super-star
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status as an author did not.
It took a decade of writing before Evanovich sold her first manuscript. Even then, though
she wrote more than a dozen romance novels during the late 1980s and early 1990s, her
career didn’t really take off until the 1994 release of One for the Money, her first book
featuring loveable, hapless, lingerie-buyer-turned-bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.
Evanovich attributes the idea for Stephanie’s unconventional job to an epiphany she had
while watching the 1988 comedy film Midnight Run, in which Robert DeNiro plays a
bounty hunter trying to bring in a neurotic bond-skipper played by Charles Grodin.
In an interview with Andrew Peterson (thrillerwriters.org) in 2010, Evanovich says:
“I had no way to grow my career in romance. I couldn't get a contract for anything other
than the little category books and all those print runs were pretty much pre-determined.
The romance editors didn't think my humor would translate into a larger book. So I was
forced to reinvent myself. I took a year off to read and think, and at the end of that year I
wrote the proposal for the Plum series.”
One for the Money spent 75 consecutive weeks on the USA Today list of 150 best-selling
novels. Critics and readers alike praised the unconventional comedic thriller. It was
named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 1994, and a New York Times Notable
Book for that same year.
Kirkus’ Reviews called it, “A smartly-paced debut with an irresistible heroine that, despite
trouble getting her man, will have the reader hooked by page three.”
Marilyn Stasio, in the New York Times Book Review, described Stephanie Plum as a
bounty hunter "with Bette Midler's mouth and Cher's fashion sense,” and said, “with
[Plum's] brazen style and dazzling wardrobe, who could resist this doll?"
And Dwight Garner said of the book, in his Washington Post Book World review, “It comes
roaring in like a blast of very fresh air.”
The accolades didn’t stop there. With each subsequent release, the praise and awards
seemed to pour in, jettisoning Evanovich to staggering success.
Recently, however, some critics and readers have complained that after 18 installments
and several “in between” novellas, the Plum series isn’t feeling so fresh. Ditto for some of
Evanovich’s other efforts, such as the Wicked series, of which detractors have said the
heroine—a Salem, Massachusetts cupcake baker named Lizzy—feels “familiar.” Like a
Stephanie Plum who bakes.
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And Evanovich’s graphic novels, Troublemaker and Troublemaker 2, which she co-wrote
with her daughter Alex Evanovich (illustrated by Joelle Jones and Andy Owens), failed to
capture the hearts of true comic fans, even if it did have one of the largest print runs in
the history of comic novels.
Despite complaints, though, Evanovich’s continues to soar to the top of the bestseller lists
with every new release, and her empire, Evanovich, Inc., a family affair that employs her
husband and both of her children, shows no sign of imminent collapse.
So how, exactly, did this Queen of Snark, this quintessential Jersey girl, make it out of the
toxic dumping ground of rejection to climb to the top of the publishing mountain?
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Born Janet Schneider on April 22, 1943 in South River New Jersey, Evanovich’s early life
may have been charmed, but she wasn’t royalty.
Her parents, a machinist father and housewife mother, upheld traditional family roles.
Evanovich lived in house much like Stephanie Plum’s childhood home, with her parents
and two sets of aunts and uncles.
In her website bio, Janet describes her early childhood:
“When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. LaLa Land is like an out-of-body
experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk.
Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store
down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera
thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my
Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the
realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.”
(www.evanovich.com)
Her own childhood in South River, Evanovich claims, formed the basis for Stephanie
Plum’s childhood—that of narrow row homes with clean windows and dinners with the
family.
After graduating from South River High School in 1961, Evanovich, the first in her family
to go to college, found herself at Rutgers University’s Douglass College studying art. Says
Evanovich:
“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. I
developed a rash from pigment.” (www.evanovich.com)
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While still in college, in 1964 Evanovich married her high school sweetheart, Peter, who
was a doctoral student at Rutgers. She graduated from Douglass in 1965.
She has said of her work:
“Since a degree in studio art qualified me to do NOTHING I had a variety of awful jobs
after graduation: used car salesperson (four hours), file clerk, hospital supply customer
service rep (sold colostomy bags), insurance claims adjuster, telephone solicitor, etc.
Mostly I was a stay-at-home mom (the best job in the world).”
Eventually she settled into life as a housewife and mother. In an interview with the New
York Times’ Andrea Sachs, Evanovich says, “I loved being a housewife. I thought it was
very creative. You got to make things–cooking, baking, sewing. I got to color in coloring
books with the kids and build forts out of blocks.”
But Evanovich’s lust for creative outlet didn’t end there. In her thirties she began to write
books, which she regularly submitted to publishing houses. And they were regularly
rejected. After ten years of writing, she amassed a large box of rejection letters, which
she burned on her curb, and got a job as a secretarial temp.
It didn’t last long.
Soon after her plebian re-entry into the workforce, she received a call from an editor
offering to buy one of her romance manuscripts for $2,000—a sum Evanovich considered
“astounding.” Her first book, Hero at Large, published under her pen name Steffie Hall,
was released in Bantam Loveswept’s Second Chance at Love series.
Over the next five years, she continued to write romance novels for Bantam, many of
which have been re-released in recent years. Evanovich says, “It was a rewarding
experience, but after 12 romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to
move into the mystery genre.”
The problem was that Evanovich had no experience with crime or law enforcement, or
anything relating to mysteries. So, in an interview with Claire E. White, she says she spent
two years “retooling, drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, and
practicing cussing.”
She says:
“I was living in Northern Virginia when I started the series. I went to the Yellow Pages and
looked up Bailbondsmen, called some and got the names of a couple Bail Enforcement
Agents. I hung out with these guys and tried to see what they did and who they were and
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what kind of equipment they carried. I did the same with the Trenton police. I also went
to a gun shop and took some shooting leasons.”
Evanovich was 51 years old when Stephanie Plum stumbled into the hearts of readers
and critics alike.
In 1995, after she sold the movie rights to One for the Money for a cool one million
dollars, the family moved to New Hampshire, in the shadow of Dartmouth College. Said
Evanovich:
“I have a nice view of the Connecticut River valley from my office window and there’s a
couple acres of land around the house. It’s a good place to write a book … and would be
even better if we just had a decent mall. You can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can’t
take Jersey out of the girl.” (Encyclopedia of World Biography, Janet Evanovich Biography,
at www.notablebiographies.com)
It wasn’t long before the rest of the family joined the business, now known as Evanovich,
Inc. Evanovich’s husband, Peter, is in charge of overall operations. Her son, Peter, a
Dartmouth graduate, handles the financial aspects, while her daughter, Alexandra, is the
artistic force.
Alexandra handles fan mail, she created the website, the newsletter and original artwork,
and initially took care of the cyber-storefront, which has since become too big a prospect
and had to be farmed out. (How about an ‘I Heart Morelli’ lapel pin? Or ‘I Heart Ranger,’ if
you swing that way. A Wicked T-shirt, or a Rangeman tote bag? The cyberstore has it all.)
As Evanovich told Dan Schawbel of Forbes.com in a January 2012 interview, “I have
people I love and trust on my team. And I’m lucky my family is incredibly talented in a
variety of ways.”
It’s a good thing they are. The empire has grown to a multi-million-dollar affair that shows
no sign of slowing anytime soon.
There have been some recent changes, though. Evanovich changed publishers in 2010,
from St. Martin’s Press to the Random House, where she inked a four-book deal.
Her Plum and Wicked series, along with a multitude of other projects including graphic
novels published by Dark Horse Comics, and collaborative efforts with other authors such
as Charlotte Hughes and Dorien Kelly, are keeping the 69-year-old champagne-loving
shopping addict at the top of her game.
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Evanovich, a card-carrying member of the Romance Writers of American and Sisters in
Crime, wrote for 10 years before she was published.
Her earlier efforts were not, she admits, terribly commercial. “The first story was about
the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in
Pennsylvania.” (evanovich.com)
Nor were they well-written. Of her early writing, she tells Dan Schawbel in a
Forbes interview in January 2012:
“I struggled with everything! I struggled to learn basic skills, get a grip on markets, find
my own unique voice, create story lines and come up to speed with the industry. I
struggled for ten years before having any success.”
Of the creative process, she says she has no clue where her story ideas come from. “ I
take in a lot of stuff from real life, movies, television, news and it all gets mixed in my
head and somehow turns into a story idea.”
Even after she sold her first book, it was no meteoric rise to the top. Though her romance
novels met with minor success—one of them winning romance’s Golden Leaf Award—it
would be years until she hit the bestseller lists.
But when she hit, she hit big.
Evanovich broke out with her first Stephanie Plum novel, One for the Money, which won
the Crime Writer’s Association’s John Creasy Award for Best First Crime Novel in 1995,
and the Dylis Award, given by the Independent Mystery Bookseller’s Association to the
mystery titles of the year that the member booksellers most enjoyed selling.
Her second Stephanie Plum installment, Two for the Dough, garnered the Crime Writer’s
Association’s Last Laugh Award, and Three to Get Deadly brought home the CWA Silver
Dagger for 1997.
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She’s also taken the Left Coast Crime's Lefty Award for most humorous mystery for
both Three to Get Deadly and Four to Score, in 1998 and 1999, respectively; and the Quill
Award for Mystery/Suspense/Thriller in 2006.
High Five was an Anthony Awards nominee. The Anthony Awards are given yearly at the
Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, and the winners are chosen by the attendees.
No one-trick pony, Evanovich constantly works to expand her brand. In her article, “Jersey
Janet Takes On the World,” for Publisher’s Weekly in June 2003, Tracy Cochran wrote:
“In the case of Evanovich, expanding the brand has meant getting her back to her
romance roots with the Full series—a four-book series of mass market paperbacks that
Evanovich is co-creating if not exactly writing with a romance writer friend, Charlotte
Hughes. In a way, the Full series lets Evanovich come full circle—back to the romantic
adventures she wanted to write way back when.”
And Cochran explains how the wackiness of Evanovich’s books are reflected in her unique
marketing vision. She writes:
“If St. Martin's had any doubt left about Evanovich's flair for promotion and marketing, it
was dispelled after the book party that was held at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square in
downtown Manhattan in June 2001, for Seven Up. Evanovich wrote a script for readings
from the book that included parts for a midget and a drag queen. She also requested a
rock band and a gorgeous man sitting on a Harley-Davidson.”
No wonder Evanovich’s brand remains hot.
It isn’t unusual for thousands of fans to attend one of her book signings. The stores have
to give out color-coded, numbered bracelets in advance so that people don’t have to
stand in line all day.
So what makes her books so special?
Snappy dialogue is definitely the cornerstone of Evanovich’s writing. By her own
admission, she struggles with plotting, and “I prefer writing action to relationship,
because I suck at internal
narrative.”
But her dialogue, on the other hand, positively sparkles. Evanovich credits improv classes
for this ability. And, no doubt, her South Jersey upbringing.
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As with many other authors, for Evanovich it’s often a case of art imitating life.
From the get-go, it was clear Janet Schneider wasn’t your typical kid. She had a lot of the
same traits she writes into her characters—the ones that make them so endearing and
hilarious. In an interview for writerswrite.com, she says:
“When I was a kid I read all the Black Stallion books by Walter Farley. Then I'd run around
and pretend I was a horse. I did that for years! The other really dominant literary
influences on my life were Little Lulu, Betty and Veronica, and Uncle Scrooge.”
She credits her family, especially her Aunt Lena, for encouraging her off-the-wall
imagination. She claims Aunt Lena, along with her Grandma Schneider, was the
inspiration for one of her most popular characters, the gun-toting, funeral-home
frequenting octogenarian Grandma Mazur.
In high school, Evanovich says she learned to drive on a 1953 powder blue Buick just like
the one Stephanie Plum often ends up getting stuck driving after her own vehicles get
blown to smithereens. And Janet married her high school sweetheart. (Could this be a hint
at whom Stephanie will eventually choose?)
For all the outside influences, the life of a writer can be a solitary business. But Evanovich
says, she has always had strong support from her family. "I feel like I never would have
been a success and gotten published without my family. They never said, 'Why don't we
go on vacation like other families?' " She added, "They just told me, 'You take your time
and write.'”
They hung with her, through thin and thick. Perhaps because she was so determined. She
explains:
“I have no idea why I continued to write when I received so much rejection (ten years
worth!). I suppose it was just too important to me to give up. And probably my ornery
disposition kept me going. Throughout it all, my family was very supportive.”
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This determination and drive persists to this day. Evanovich isn’t content to rest on her
laurels—or her royalties. She says, “I'm usually up at the crack of dawn and heading up to
my office at around 6 a.m. I work all morning and knock off for lunch and a bit of
exercise. In the afternoon I'm back at it until dinnertime. When I'm starting a project, it's
an 8 hour work day. When I'm on deadline, it's more like 12. I work 7 days a week.”
Of course a writer does have her needs. Evanovich claims that when she’s writing a book,
she makes sure her cabinets are well stocked with her “creative foods”: Cheez Doodles,
Tasty Cakes, and chocolate.
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Evanovich has recently hit another milestone: She’s become a member of The Kindle
Million-seller Club—authors whose books have sold more than one million Kindle e-book
copies. She joins the ranks of such heavyweights as James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Steig
Larsson, Lee Child and Charlaine Harris.
And One for the Money, the film released by Lionsgate starring Katherine Heigl as
Stephanie Plum, Jason O’Mara as Joe Morelli, and Daniel Sunjata as Ranger, was finally
(18 years after she sold the rights) released in theaters on January 27, 2012—albeit to
cooler-than-tepid reviews.
The film gets a dismal 2% approval rating from critics on the movie megasite
RottenTomatoes.com. Viewers were a bit kinder, weighing in at 51%.
Writes Fran Scheck for the Hollywood Reporter:
“It took 18 years for a screen version of Janet Evanovich’s best-selling comic thrillers
about New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum to hit the screen, and it should take little
more than a weekend to erase any chance of it becoming a franchise. Starring a painfully
awkward Katherine Heigl, One for the Money mostly resembles a failed television pilot, a
feeling which is only reinforced by its late-January release and failure to be screened for
critics.”
Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers gave it zero stars, writing:
“Everything in One for the Money rings cringingly false, from Heigl's absurd Snooki accent
to Plum's romance with Joe Morelli, an Italian cop played by – faith and begorrah – Jason
O'Mara. To dismiss Julie Anne Robinson's direction as clueless would be a kindness. And
what to say of the work of three screenwriters (Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray and Liz
Brixius) who suck the Evanovich talent and energy from every syllable of dialogue?…
Evanovich deserved better.”
The consensus seems to be that there probably won’t be another Stephanie Plum film,
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which is a heartbreaking shame for all of us who have spent many hours casting and re-
casting the main characters in our heads throughout the past eighteen years. The
franchise seemed so ripe for the silver screen.
But for all the film’s criticism, Evanovich seems to have been pleased with the end result.
In a USA TODAY interview, Evanovich tells Bryan Alexander, "I was terrified to see it. But
when I did, it was everything I could have wanted and more. I was almost in tears when
the movie ended. I was so relieved."
There’s been news on the writing side of things, as well. In 2010, Evanovich clearly wasn’t
pleased with her long-time publisher, St. Martin’s Press. The publishing house reportedly
turned down her request for a $50 million, 4-book extension to her contract. In July of
2010, Evanovich jumped ship to sign a four-book deal with Random House.
In a statement to the press, Evanovich said:
"I started my career as a Bantam author, and I'm very excited to be returning,"
Evanovich, 67, said in a statement. "Their sales, distribution, and marketing make them
the perfect partner for me and my work. Load up the U-Haul; break out the pizza and the
beer – it's moving day."
Random House recently released the first two titles in her four-book deal, Smokin’
Seventeen and Explosive Eighteen, a week apart in November of 2011.
They both hit the top ten on the USA Today and New York Times lists the week they came
out.
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Evanovich never fails to entertain, in her books and in interviews. Below are some
particularly funny and revealing quotes from the author:
''In Jersey we have a sense of humor about ourselves. I love the attitude and the
energy. I think it's obvious I love Jersey, and so I poke fun at it. Everyone is willing to
smile and enjoy it.''
“My first job was as a mail clerk for the DuPont chemical plant in South Amboy. I used
to have to run across a catwalk grate over vats of formaldehyde to get from one side
of the plant to the next. I used to wear short skirts and the men tending the vats would
stand under the grate and wait for my run!”
“It turns out I'm a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My
favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles. I read comic
books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my
money before I make it.”
“Romance novels are birthday cake and life is often peanut butter and jelly. I think
everyone should have lots of delicious romance novels lying around for those times
when the peanut butter gets stuck to the roof of your mouth.”
“Grandma Mazur is a combination of my Aunt Lena and my Grandma Schneider. And I
suppose I'm projecting some of myself in her too. When I grow up I want to be
Grandma Mazur.”
“…Unlike some authors who have the outline of a final book locked in a drawer, I
don’t. As to whether (and with whom) Stephanie will finally settle down, that’s
anybody’s guess.”
"If Mickey Spillane wrote Archie and Veronica, Stephanie would be Betty."
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"I could see Stephanie and Snooki going out for pizza, going shoe shopping at Macy's."
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Grandma Mazur’s birthday is April 22– the same as Janet’s.
Janet modeled Stephanie Plum partly from herself, and partly from her daughter, who
was 20 at the time Janet started the series.
Janet and her husband now live most of the year on a multi-million-dollar waterfront
estate in Naples, Florida.
Janet’s favorite sport is NASCAR. In 2008, she won the third annual Sprint Cup
Celebrity Chase Tracker Title, a contest pitting celebrities against each other to predict
the standings of NASCAR drivers throughout the season.
(http://bleacherreport.com/articles/84913-author-janet-evanovich-wins-2008-sprint-
cup-celebrity-chase-tracker-title)
The movie version of One for the Money was filmed not in Trenton, but in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania.
It takes Janet about six months to write a novel from first draft to final edit.
Janet once received a rejection letter on a napkin, written in crayon.
(http://briansherwin-artcritic.blogspot.com/2010/10/brian-sherwin-interview-with-
author.html)
Janet once did a book signing at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket,
Connecticut.
Peter Evanovich, Janet’s husband, was in the Navy.
The Evanovich Online Store’s motto is, “More Fun Than a Bag of Bacon.”
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Stephanie Plum Series (in order written)
One for the Money
Two for the Dough
Three to Get Deadly
Four to Score
High Five
Hot Six
Seven Up
Hard Eight
Visions of Sugar Plums (between-the-numbers holiday novella)
To the Nines
Ten Big Ones
Eleven on Top
Twelve Sharp
Plum Lovin’ (between-the-numbers holiday novella)
Lean Mean Thirteen
Plum Lucky (between-the-numbers holiday novella)
Fearless Fourteen
Plum Spooky (between-the-numbers novel)
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen
Sizzling Sixteen
Smokin’ Seventeen
Explosive Eighteen
Miscellaneous
The Plot Thickens (Mary Higgins Clark anthology)
Three Plums in One (omnibus)
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More Plums in One (omnibus)
Between the Plums (omnibus)
How I Write (non-fiction, reference)
Wicked Series (Lizzy and Diesel)
Wicked Appetite
Wicked Business
Barnaby and Hooker Series
Metro Girl
Motor Mouth
Troublemaker #1 (graphic novel/comic book)
Troublemaker #2 (graphic novel/comic book)
Re-Released Romance Novels
Hero at Large
Thanksgiving
The Grand Finale
Foul Play
Manhunt
Love Overboard
Back to the Bedroom
Smitten
Wife for Hire
The Rocky Road to Romance
Naughty Neighbor
Co-Authored Romance Novels – Charlotte Hughes
Full House (originally a pre-Plum)
Full Tilt
Full Speed
Full Blast
Full Bloom
Full Scoop
Co-Authored Romance Novels – Leanne Bank
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Hot Stuff
Co-Authored Romance Novels – Dorien Kelly
Love in a Nutshell
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While many authors have floundered in the flood of publishing talent arising with
electronic publishing, clearly this Jersey girl has discovered the secret to longevity in a
business that is, more often than not, dog-eat-dog.
"I'm a writer, but this is a business," she said. "You have to look at it in the way you would
look at any business. You have to have honesty to the product. You have to meet
consumer expectations. You give them value for their money and give them a product
that they need. I don't see anything wrong with all these things. And I don't think it's a bad
thing to meet consumers' expectations."
While Evanovich has remained rigid in her commitment to provide fans with exactly what
they expect—a thrilling ride in a fast car with a smart-mouthed girl anyone couldn’t help
but love–so, too, has she remained flexible in the way she does it.
Evanovich seems perfectly comfortable embracing formats other than the traditional
hardcover, from graphic novels to e-books and more. Perfectly comfortable embracing
the future, whatever it may hold.
How about Stephanie Plum, Alex Barnaby, Diesel and Lizzy and all their cohorts as
interactive 3-D holographic images? It could happen.
And when it does, give me Joe Morelli any day.
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The Newark Star Ledger (definition as published on the site
www.UrbanDictionary.com)
ThrillerWriters.org, Between the Lines With Janet Evanovich.
(http://www.thrillerwriters.org/2010/06/between-the-lines-with-janet-evanovich.html)
The Wall Street Journal, Romance Novelist Janet Evanovich Gets Graphic
(http://blos.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/07/24/comic-con-2010-romance-novelist-janet-
evanovich-gets-graphic/)
Publisher’s Weekly, Jersey Janet Takes on the World
(http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/print/20030630/32082-jersey-janet-takes-on-
the-world-.html)
www.Evanovich.com
NotableBiographies.com, Janet Evanovich
(http://www.notablebiographies.com/newsmakers2/2005-A-Fi/Evanovich-Janet.html)
WritersWrite.com, A Conversation with Janet Evanovich
(http://www.writerswrite.com/journal/jan99/evanovch.htm)
Forbes.com, Janet Evanovich on Becoming a Literary
(http://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2012/01/27/janet-evanovich-on-becoming-
a-literary-success/2/)
PageOneLit.com, Janet Evanovich
(http://pageonelit.com/interviews/JanetEvan.html)
The Los Angeles Times, Kathryn Stockett and Janet Evanovich become Kindle million-
sellers
Sources
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www.RottenTomatoes.com
HollywoodReporter.com, One for the Money Film Review
(http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/one-for-the-money-film-review-katherine-
heigl-285300)
USA TODAY, Katherine Heigl lands a Plum role in 'One for the Money’
(http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/story/2011-11-28/janet-evanovich-katherine-
heigl-stephanie-plum/51423386/1)
BleacherReport.com, Author Janet Evanovich Wins 2008 Sprint Cup Celebrity Tracker
Title (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/84913-author-janet-evanovich-wins-2008-
sprint-cup-celebrity-chase-tracker-title)
Brian Sherwin Blogspot, Interview with Author Janet Evanovich
(http://briansherwin-artcritic.blogspot.com/2010/10/brian-sherwin-interview-with-
author.html)
New York Times, For This Author, Writing Is Only the Beginning
(http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/22/books/22jane.html?ref=janetevanovich)
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http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?
storyId=143795313:
http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Janet-Evanovich/652497
http://celebritywonder.ugo.com/vids/Janet_Evanovich/yjl6K9vYunA.html
http://apps.facebook.com/janetevanovich/
http://www.kheigl.com/2012/01/28/katherine-heigl-janet-evanovich-team-up-one-for-
the-money/
https://twitter.com/#!/janetevanovich
http://briansherwin-artcritic.blogspot.com/2010/10/brian-sherwin-interview-with-
author.html
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