Know Your History – 22nd April – Janet Evanovich

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On this day… 22nd April, 1943 – Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich (born Janet Schneider; April 22, 1943) is an American writer. She _Janet-Evanovich-Quotebegan her career writing short contemporary romance novels under the pen name Steffie Hall, but gained fame authoring a series of contemporary mysteries featuring Stephanie Plum, a former lingerie seller from Trenton, New Jersey, who becomes a bounty hunter to make ends meet after losing her job. The novels in this series have been on the New York Times and Amazon bestseller lists.

About the Writing..

When researching Janet Evanovich, I found this amazing article with advise from Janet for writers –  How to outline the easy way.

Evanovich: Storyboarding is a little more visual. When I’m plotting out a book, I use a storyboard—I’ll have maybe three lines across on the storyboard and just start working through the plot line. I always know where relationships will go, and how the book is going to end. When I storyboard, they’re just fragments of thoughts. I write in three acts like a movie, so I have my plot points up on the preliminary storyboard. Another board I keep is an action timeline. It’s a way of quickly referring to what happened a couple of scenes ago. The boards cover my office walls. Because I know the relationships, and I already know my characters and how I’m going to reveal my characters to my readers—how I’m going to feed them information about that character. That stuff doesn’t have to be in my outline. What I have to outline is action and plot because I’m not particularly good at that.

A little bit extra..

In this short video Janet Evanovich talks about what’s next on the horizon for her and gives a heartfelt thanks to her many fans.


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