Jonetta (Ejaygirl) edited the overview of Janet Evanovich Monday, March 26, 2012.
Paraphrased from the author's website
Janet Evanovich admits to having an active imagination as a child growing up in South River, New Jersey, often having conversations in her head with television characters or pretending to sing opera. Following high school, she spend four years in the Douglass College art department. During this time, she began writing stories, the first being about the pornographic adventures of a fairy living in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second followed the same theme.
Evanovich sent her weird stories to editors and agents, collecting a host of rejection letters that she later burned after filling a box. She started working for a temp agency and four months later received a call from an editor offering to buy her last mailed manuscript, a romance written for the now defunct Second chance at Love line. She was paid $2,000, a lot of money for her at the time. Evanovich began writing romance novels full time, writing series romance primarily for Bantam Loveswept over the next five years. Though a rewarding experience, she began running out of ideas after 12 novels and decided to move into the mystery genre.
Evanovich spent the next two years doing "research" - drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing "cussing." At the end of that period, she created Stephanie Plum. While she won't commit to saying the character is autobiographical, she will admit to knowing where she lives.
Evanovich and her husband, Pete, live in New Hampshire with a view of the Connecticut River valley from her office window, an ideal place for writing. Her son, Peter, is responsible for everything financial for the family business, Evanovic, Inc. Her daughter, Alex, manages the website. Her husband manages all aspects of the business.