Janet Evanovich is well-known for her numbered Stephanie Plum series (One for the Money, etc), but she is also the author of the Lizzie and Diesel series, the Alex Barnaby and Sam Hooker books, as well as a dozen or so stand-alone romance novels. In short, she knows what she’s doing, because she’s been doing it forever.
I know I’ve complained about contemporary romance novels before, but I admit to reading pretty much everything she’s ever published. Her novels don’t quite have the same tone as many of the other romantic books I’ve read. How is that, you may ask? Because the stories she writes are filled with such over-the-top, wilds-of-your-imagination craziness.
Seriously. What stands out to me when I think back on her works is the amount of sheer nuttiness she manages to cram within the pages. You’ll find everything from monkeys that make rude gestures to women who hijack Frito-Lay trucks during their period to voodoo and pirates and bad guys galore. I can’t even remember all the insanity, there’s been so much of it!
And it is absolutely fantastic. I think it’s great because it’s so much fun! Totally random and totally unpredictable, every book has some sort of surprise. It’s like a literary roller-coaster ride. I love that you never know what to expect with her books, and it’s all hilariously, riotously funny.
The downside here is that her books are rather extreme. There’s no way you could mistake her novels for anything but fiction. And while a break from reality is wonderful every once in a while, at the end of the day, I prefer something just a little bit more believable.
I prefer to write books that walk that fine line between fact and fiction. I like stories that you can almost believe are true. I use real locations. I try to research the historical facts, figures and time periods that I incorporate. Vampires and elves and magic aside, I aim to write novels that maybe, if you don’t blink, don’t probe too deeply, could really have happened ?.
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I have two passions: reading and writing. You can't write good stories without first reading good stories - that's my theory, anyway. So this is where I'll share with you the depth of those passions: background on what and why I write, as well as talking about the books that I read and how they impact my writing.