like everybody, I have my own favourite writers. Some of them
are gracious enough to answer my questions, and I want to share
these with friends and visitors.
This month's interview is with Janet Evanovich. She is the bestselling
author of the "Plum Series" which begins with "One
for the Money," "Two for the Dough" and so far
goes all the way up to "Hard Eight." The main character
of this series is Stephanie Plum, a fiesty, fashion-challenged,
yet determined bounty hunter in Trenton, New Jersey, USA...better
known as the "Burg." Janet has sold millions of copies
of her books and averages about a million hits per month on her
1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing in my
young 30s. Before that I was a painter. I loved creating, but felt like
my audience as a painter was very limited. I didn't want to create for
myself, I wanted to create for others. That's when I discovered writing.
2. Did it take long for you
to find a publisher for your first book?
3. How was "One for
the Money" received by the public?
Those that could find
the book, seemed to like it. The print run wasn't too big.
4. "One for the Money,"
"Two for the Dough," "Three to get Deadly,"...are
you an Elvis fan?
I like Elvis, but the
titles sort of happened by accident.
5. Does Trenton resemble
the town where you grew up?
Very much. That is why
I picked the "Burg" as the location for Stephanie Plum.
6. How important are your
fans' reactions to your books? For example, you let them choose the
titles of your latest books.
Reader's opinions are
very important to me. The Plum series is about fun, and if readers aren't
having fun or feeling good when they are done with a Plum book, then
its time to move on.
7. Is the character of Stephanie
Plum based on a person you actually know?
Stephanie has a lot of
me and my daughter, Alex, in her.
8. Stephanie has a hamster
and a dog. Do you have pets as well?
My kids had hamsters while
they were growing up. We've also always had dogs, cats, birds and any
other lost animal that found it's way to our home. Once we took in a
lost ferret until we could find it's owner.
9. Can you tell us is Stephanie
is ever going to choose between Morelli and Ranger? Or will she even
get another boyfriend?
Nope. Can't tell you!
10. Do you have your own
favorites in the detective/thriller genre?
I like books by Lisa Scottoline,
Elmore leonard, and Robert Parker.