Janet Evanovich: Biography

Janet Evanovich

22 apr 1943

Janet Evanovich entered the world on April 22, 1943 at South River, New Jersey, in the United States. From a child she had an active imagination and read books about horses and comics about Veronica and Betty, Lulu and Donald Duck. She later attended Douglas College at Rutgers University to study art. But, somehow, she did not feel that she wanted to be an artist and for a while she worked in an office.

In her spare time, she began to write stories, but her pile of rejections grew until after a long time one of her books was eventually published. This started her off on writing romance novels which she did for quite some time under the pseudonym Steffie Hall. Much later, she switched to writing mystery stories.

Janet Evanovich’s first book appeared in 1987 and, since then, she has written prolifically to produce over forty titles plus another sixteen done in collaboration with other writers. Most of her stories are mysteries and appear in several series, with the most popular featuring Stephanie Plum, a female bounty hunter. Her books are a mix of adventure and romance and are action-packed with a good dose of humour and wit.

Evanovich has over 200 million books in print several of which are bestsellers featured many times on the New York Times bestsellers list. Many of them have held the number one spot and her books have been translated into at least 40 languages. One of her books, one for the Money, was also made into a movie.

Janet Evanovich married Pete in 1964 and they currently live in Florida with their two children. She has made her writing into a family business with each member playing having a different area of responsibility.