Friday, July 5, 2013

Women Who Blog Welcomes a SUPERSTAR! (This is where I do my very best Mary Katherine Gallagher)

Welcome to Feature Friday on Women Who Blog!
If this is your first time here...thanks for stopping by and I hope that you'll visit again!

Kirby:  Okay, I probably send out a dozen or so e-mails a month, asking folks if they would like to participate in Women Who Blog.  There are friends who are unfailingly helpful and are willing to immediately reply in order to help me out (that's you, Hens!) and there are folks who have better things to do (understandably, as answering a bunch of silly questions from a middle-aged wanna-be is weird).   Of the dozen folks I e-mail, about half of them are real-life writers.  I don't expect any of these folks to actually help me's more of a hit-or-miss with REAL authors, as they are busy 'really' writing.   After all, it is the way they make their living.

But mystery writers are another breed, apparently.
(For those readers who do not know I am writing an entire series of mysteries, now you do know.  For those of you who believe I will one day [a] finish these mysteries, and [b] have them published...God Bless You. You and my mom.  Keeping the faith is a good thing, although a tad foolhardy.)

Every mystery author I have contacted (like June's featured author, Margaret Maron) has been gracious and patient and willing to answer my silly questions.  Today's author has a big pile of pot roast on her plate, with cake waiting in the wings...yet she took a few minutes to answer my crazy questions.  THROUGH HER ASSISTANT'S ASSISTANT!  (I cannot imagine how ridiculously famous you have to be to have an assistant, yet she has an assistant to assist her assistant.  Hay-seuss!) she is...a woman whose books DEBUT at number one on the NY Times bestseller list which is like the hugest thing that can happen to you as an author.  That means that people are WAITING for your book and they order it ahead of time!  *sigh*  Oh well...without any further adieu, here's

Janet Evanovich!


1.  First, let me say that many of my readers really love your books, particularly the humorous characters of Grandma Mazur and Lula.  How important do you think it is to inject humor into your books?
        Along with the elements of romance and danger, humor is the most important component in my books.  I guess I was blessed with a pretty good sense of humor, because most of the letters and e-mails I get are from readers who tell me stories about how they crack up while reading in public.  Apparently, crying while laughing on public transportation can cause fellow passengers to change seats.  I've also learned from victims that it's not recommended to read my books while drinking a carbonated beverage. 
2.  Most home décor/DIY bloggers feel comfortable following a specific pattern on their blogs.  Your books also follow a particular pattern--is that at the request of your publisher, or do you just feel more comfortable with that format?
        I'm just comfortable with my format.  So far, my publishers have been pleased.
3.  How does it feel to be on the New York Times bestseller list, in twelve words or fewer?
It feels great.  Hey... that's only three words.

4.  Do people recognize you when you're out and about on your normal errands?
        I write seven days a week and seldom get out and about.  I occasionally get recognized on a run to the store for Cheez Doodles, but the great thing about authors is that we don't get recognized very often -- I guess the pictures on our dust jackets are too small.
5.  Finally, because most of my audience is interested in home décor--how would you describe your house?
        It's very light and airy -- lots of white and pale yellow with splashes of primary colors to accent.  I'm lucky that I have a great view of the water from my home office window.
Kirby again:  So there you have it--best-selling author Janet Evanovich taking a few minutes out of her very busy day to answer my silly questions.  If you don't know her books...well, I kinda don't believe you.  If you DO know her books, you should check out what she has to say on her website,  I especially love that she says she feels like Christie Brinkley when she wakes up, but by the afternoon she feels more like Roseanne.
It was AMAZEBALLS (right, Hens?) that Janet took time from writing to answer a few questions, and I cannot thank her enough!



  1. How amazing to include janet in your line up. You need to start including men...I heard that james patterson loves to blog and probably reads yours!

  2. Way to go Kirby! An assistant to an assistant. Something to think about.

  3. You amaze me with your connections. You actually heard back from her. Now, will you please follow up with a post about that house with with and yellow and splashes of primary color complimented by a water view. Maybe I could write if I lived in the setting she describes.

  4. Well mysteries are my fav but usually true crime. I will have to check out Ms. Evanovichs' books because we cheese doodlers have to stick together.

    So did I use my apostrophe correctly?

  5. Even in such a short interview, she made me laugh. What a groovy lady, and such a fun interview!

  6. What a great post- I think she should be a French Hen Kirby - what do YOU think?
    Let's invite her!!!!!
    I gave you a shout out darling on today's post - everyone should see this!

  7. Ummm THAT was awesome! Go Kirbs! Good to know she's not above cheez doodles. :)
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  8. A view of the water from a home office would be oh so ideal!! Great interview!

  9. Wow!! Score! I can say I knew you before you landed these awesome A-listers!

  10. Amazeballs is right!! I freaking LOVE Janet Evanovich! If only I could have Joe Morelli for my very own. Great job Kirby...I can't think how you'll be able to top this one!

    -andi. :)

  11. What a wonderful interview. I like that she goes out for Cheese Doodles!;>) What a REAL person- xo Diana

  12. Mysteries are my favorites. Great interview.

  13. Way to go Kirby! I love a good mystery and it's a mystery to me how you get these people to open up about their deepest inner thoughts regarding personal home decor.

  14. Fun! You're almost famous now!
    xo Heidi

  15. Ms. Evanovich has entertained me on many commutes to work. I've listened to all her books on tape - fun characters.
    Love the interview - congrats!

  16. Holy Crap, Kirby! That's quite the score! Janet seems very down-to-earth in her interview - and I can say that I'm one of her audience who enjoys a laugh too!

  17. Next best thing to crafting is reading mysteries! Congrats on getting an interview with Ms Evanovich, what a pleasure!!

  18. How did I miss this!!! Jeez!!! I must get out from under that rock I've been living under ...

    I love Janet Evanovich! And I love Cheese Doodles! Oh how I would love to meet Janet and share a bag of Cheese Doodles. Okay, I take that back. I don't share my Cheese Doodles with anyone ....

    Sorry Janet.

    :) Linda