Janet Evanovich was born on April 22, 1943 in South River, New Jersey. After compiling a large box of rejection letters, she had almost completely given up on the idea of writing and began working as an office temp. But the best-selling mystery writer, who famously declared she spent most of her childhood in “LaLa Land,” finally got a call from an editor who wanted to buy one of her romance books for $2000. After writing twelve romances under the pen name Steffie Hall, Evanovich shifted gears and started writing a light mystery series based on her bounty-hunter character Stephanie Plum. Evanovich now lives in New Hampshire with her husband Pete. Her husband, son and daughter run her business, Evanovich, Inc.