Over the last three decades, millions of people around the world have enjoyed a series of novels about a fictional amateur bounty hunter from New Jersey named Stephanie Plum.
Stephanie is the creation of writer Janet Evanovich. In the 1980s, she was a stay-at-home mom, but when her kids were nearing the age at which they would be leaving for college, she decided to try something new — like, writing.
She started out as a romance writer, and achieved considerable success in that genre.
But after several years, she realized that what she liked best about writing was the action sequences in her books, and their humor.
So in 1994, Evanovich wrote her first mystery, a book called One For the Money . It introduced Stephanie Plum and her offbeat circle of friends and family.
It was an almost instant hit, and gave rise to a series that continues to this day. There are now 30 books in the Stephanie Plum series.
And this is where it all began. So here now, from 1994, my interview with the newly published Janet Evanovich.
Janet Evanovich celebrated her 80th birthady in April. Her most recent Stephanie Plum book, the 30th in the series, was published this year.
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