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An Interview with Janet Evanovich
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December 2018
Written by
She Writes
December 2018

This month our guest editor is Janet Evanovich and her latest book Look Alive Twenty-Five: A Stephanie Plum Novel is now available. Get to know what some of Janet's worst jobs were, what time wine-thirty happens at her house and the moment she started feeling like a real writer. 

Describe your writing routine.

I’m usually at my desk around six o’clock in the morning with my little dog, Ollie, and my coffee.  I break for lunch at noon and then I’m back at my desk.  By two o’clock I’ve run out of ideas so I either walk Ollie or spend a half hour on the elliptical (I have a basically useless home gym).  I go back to my desk and try to squeeze a couple more paragraphs out of my brain.  Around four o’clock I start to think a glass of wine would be nice.  Around four-thirty I have one.  I like to work seven days a week because it keeps me in the story.  Also, because I’m incredibly boring and have no hobbies or sports …unless you count shopping.

What was your first or worst job before becoming an author?

Jeez.  There were so many it’s hard to choose one. I was a telephone solicitor.  I was the worst waitress EVER.  I was a customer service rep for a company that sold colostomy bags.  I sold used cars for half a day --horrible and yet satisfying in a Jersey sort of way.  The car lot manager grabbed one of my body parts, I “accidentally” kneed him in the doodles, and that was the end of that.  It seems to me solving sexual harassment was much easier back then, but it might have just been that I didn’t aspire to sell used cars anyway.

When was the moment you started to feel like a writer?

When I started to make money!

What is the number one piece of advice you'd give to aspiring authors?

If it’s important to you just keep at it until you succeed.

Who inspires you?

Uncle Scrooge.  He goes off on adventures and he looks good in spats.

Why is it important for women to tell their stories?

I suppose I have a certain perspective as a woman, and no one can entirely escape their history, but I like to think neither of these things are a driving force behind my stories.  It’s important for me to enjoy each day and to (hopefully) pass some fun on to my readers.  I think I write slightly escapist but very relatable fiction that has some good core values.

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  • Irene Kessler Revising

    I agree and am not waiting for my first check to feel like a writer. I'm a writer, not an author yet, but I'm doing the work.

  • Sarah

    I don't understand her comment about sexual harassment. Reductive at best, ignorant at worst, insensitive nestled somewhere in between. What was the point of saying that?