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Janet Evanovich on Making Her Writing the Family Business
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December 2018
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December 2018

Can’t get enough Janet Evanovich? Neither could we. Get one more dose of this year’s last guest editor with this round up of interviews from the New York Times bestselling author of dozens of novels. And make sure you pick up Look Alive Twenty-Five as a last-minute gift for the reader in your life.

Writing as a Family Business

In an interview with the New York Times, she talked about how her writing business involves her whole family.

Finding the Humor

Janet herself is a particularly funny woman, as her recent interview with She Writes might have indicated, but her characters also have a sense of humor. In an interview with NPR she talked about its importance.

"We don't appreciate the value of humor sometimes. You can get through very serious and sometimes horrible and sometimes embarrassing and very awkward situations with humor. It gives us a way out."

Has super-success changed her?

In an interview with BookPage, Janet talks about how the fame has afforded her new amenities, but hasn’t changed who she is at her core.

Evanovich says she's found that career success has had surprisingly little to do with her personal life. "I'm still the wife and the mother," says Evanovich, whose husband, son, daughter and son-in-law all play various roles in her career. "I'm still the creative person that I always was. On the outside, what that money has done is made it easier for me to be that person, because I can have someone come into my house to clean twice a week. Or because I can live anywhere I want."

Plotter or Pantser

Most new writers are curious about a bestseller's process. So which is Janet? A plotter or a pantser? She told Writers Who Kill about how she knocks out her novels.

“I don't really fly by the seat of my pants when I write. I pretty much know where I'm going. The beauty of a long running series is that you know the characters. In the beginning, I had to develop them, but now most of my effort goes toward plotting before I begin to write. Once I have a plot, I very seldom have to chuck it all and start fresh.”

Theme Without an Agenda

In an interview with Forbes (Janet at the time of this interview was ranked No. 79 on the 100 most powerful celebrities with an estimated worth of $33 million) she talked about writing for entertainment without pushing an agenda and choosing your novels’ themes carefully.

Your work has a huge and devoted female following, and you write about sassy, strong women who get the job done—but usually they have the help of a more capable, and often good-looking, man. What message does that send to female readers?

I’m trying to convey that these books have hot guys in them. They are fun to read, and we all like hot guys. I do entertainment. As writers, we all have an agenda, but if you recognize that agenda in a book, then you’ve failed. Family is very important to me, and I have that theme running through the book. Community, responsibility, flexibility, tenacity—these are all things that I imbue my characters with. They are basically good, nonjudgmental people who succeed at the end of the day, sometimes in spite of themselves.

The business about being rescued by a man: Stephanie doesn’t always get rescued. Sometimes she does. Sometimes she wants to have help. You really are a liberated woman if you can go to a man to kill a spider.

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