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Stephanie Evanovich: Her Latest Novel THE TOTAL PACKAGE, and Thoughts for Writers



By Susanne Marie Poulette

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Author Stephanie Evanovich


Stephanie Evanovich describes herself a Jersey girl from Asbury Park. She began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She is a full-time writer and author of BIG GIRL PANTIES, THE SWEET SPOT, and soon, THE TOTAL PACKAGE, to be released on March 15th. Stephanie is a mom of two sons, an avid sports fan, and holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

Thank you, Stephanie, for sharing your thoughts on THE TOTAL PACKAGE, for your wisdom for aspiring authors and your lively sense of humor.


Q:  Without dropping a spoiler, please tell us what you think readers will like most in THE TOTAL PACKAGE.

SEE:  I think they’ll like meeting up with old friends while making new ones. 


Q:  Again, without spoiling, what message do you want readers to take away from the book?

SEE:  That sometimes love really is forever.  There really are a lot of definitions to the word “redemption.” 

Q: THE TOTAL PACKAGE will be released not long after Super Bowl 2016. Tyson is an NFL player itching for a Super Bowl ring. Is the timing of this launch a coincidence, or is this a very naïve question?  

SEE:  If I had my way The Total Package would have launched at the Super Bowl.  But I know there’s a method to the timing so we can be naïve together. 

Q:  Do readers ever confuse you with your aunt, author Janet Evanovich? (I admit, when your first book was published, in my confusion I thought for a minute that Stephanie Plum had taken up the proverbial pen!)

SEE:  Now that this is my third book it doesn’t happen much anymore.  The sweetest surprise has been the occasional message from a reader who picked me up and found a new author to enjoy. 

Q:  I thoroughly enjoyed your keynote address at the Unicorn Writers Conference last summer. At the time, you addressed your path to publishing success. For my readers, will you tell a little about your experience in getting your first book published by a major press?

SEE:  Like any job search it’s a magical mixture of doing the work and making the connections.  In my travels I’ve learned that every author’s path to publication is different, but they are all the result of tenacity, a little bit of luck and believing in the story you’re itching to tell. 

Q:  Do you follow a particular writing routine and/or method of plotting your stories?  Do you recommend one routine or method over another?

SEE:  I do a lot of plotting while driving.  My writing routine starts early in the morning, from 5 -9 AM.  And from there I’m flexible.  If I’m having a great session I’ll keep going.  If it’s not a great session I give myself permission to walk away and do something fun.  Knock wood, it hasn’t failed me yet, but every day you’ve got to “BIC” it.  (BIC = Butt In Chair)

Presentation1Q:  Here it is. You might be dreading it. I would understand if this question bores you into a coma, but writers really lap up this stuff: What advice do you give to aspiring writers?  

SEE:  I don’t recommend any routine over another.  And the reason why is because there is so much advice out there that if I listen to too much of it, I end up feeling like I’m doing it wrong.  The only advice I have is about advice:  learn to chew the meat and spit out the bones.  And the truth is there is no right way – nothing kills creativity quite like too much advice.

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Q:  So, Stephanie, what does it mean to be a Jersey Girl? And can you sing “Sherry?”

SEE:  To me being a “Jersey Girl” only means you are a girl born in the great state of New Jersey, and there are more types of us than you can count.   Yes, I can sing “Sherry” loud and proud – not sure that you’d enjoy it though. My singing could attract Jersey wildlife.  

Q:  Anything at all, that you would like to add?

SEE: I’ll be on tour – mostly East coast for the month of March.  I love meeting readers.  Check my website for a town near you —


Again, thank you so very much, Stephanie Evanovich, and I’m sure we would all enjoy your version of SHERRY!

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Now that my children’s book, LIAM LABRADOODLE LEARNS WHOLE BODY LISTENING has launched along with my website,, I want to thank all my readers for your encouragement, comments, and support. If you are a teacher, parent, grandparent or caregiver of young children, I invite you to stop by the website and find good listening fun and resources to share.  51ADQ9MWdFL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_

I’m happy to report some great news, especially for Peggy Morehouse Strack fans. Peggy will be returning to The Writers’ Loop from time to time as a contributor. She has plans lined up to attend author readings and will write reports for us. Peggy is scheduled to hear Debbie Macomber read from her latest novel, A GIRL’S GUIDE TO MOVING ON. I won’t let the proverbial cat of out the bag by revealing the other authors on Peggy’s calendar, but hint-hint, you might find an idea on the EVENTS page.  


In March, I’ll be thrilled to post my interview with author Stephanie Evanovich. Her latest novel, THE TOTAL PACKAGE, will be released in mid-March. I attended Stephanie’s keynote address at the Unicorn Writers Conference last summer, and became acquainted with her sparkling sense of humor. She’s a hoot. If you enjoy laughing and steamy you-know-what, you can start now by reading her previous novels, THE SWEET SPOT and BIG GIRL PANTIES.



Presentation2Plans are also underway for a continuing series of Q & A with aspiring authors. This is intended to share ideas and spread encouragement among the writing community. The hope is to stimulate discussion through questions and comments by writers and followers of the blog. All are welcome to participate as soon as we are up and running. Please leave a comment and let me know if you’re interested.


Here in the Great Northeast, our temperatures have dropped, snow has fallen, the winds are whipping up, and it’s a lovely time to curl up with a good read, or…with a journal and pen. minet-reading-001-fixed-for-blog kitties writing aug 2015 004Whether you’re looking around and seeing nothing but snow, or if you’re in a warm climate surrounded by flowers or watching graceful waves washing across a sandy beach — instead of simply snapping a photo, why not describe it in writing and express how it makes you feel?  Do it for yourself. It’s very therapeutic and great for your brain.

                                                                                                          © Susanne Marie Poulette