Although she now lives in New Hampshire, South River native Janet Evanovich has remained true to her Garden State roots with her immensely popular comedy-crime novels featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Evanovich began writing in this genre after tiring of writing romance novels. The number-one New York Times best-selling Plum novels have been described as part Indiana Jones, part Moonlighting, and part Midnight Run. Like Evanovich, Stephanie Plum is a Jersey girl through and through—tough, funny, and wise. Evanovich’s literary endeavors have engendered a family business, Evanovich, Inc., which includes her husband, mathematician Peter Evanovich RC’63, GSNB’65, ’70, as well as their son and daughter. Janet Evanovich was awarded the Dilys Award by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association and the Crime Writers Association’s John Creasey Memorial Dagger. In 1998, she participated in a Douglass College program celebrating the donation of papers by Sisters in Crime, an association of women mystery writers.