Women have made many numerous contributions to society. In the last blog of this series, contributions of women authors will be highlighted. A selection of women authors, primarily New York Times best-selling authors, will be featured along with a brief bio, an analysis of their writing style, and a selection of titles available through the St. Tammany Parish Library.
Lisa Jewell is an internationally bestselling author of sixteen novels. Her books are also number one bestsellers in Canada and the U.K. Her works have been translated into sixteen languages. Jewell lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Jewell's mainstream fiction is set in England, and explores family, romance, identity, and coming into one's own. Her frequently eccentric characters are complex and have real emotional depth.
Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times best-selling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking. She also wrote the young adult novel, Belzhar. Wolitzer lives in New York City. Wolitzer is known for her literary women's fiction featuring the intimate details of ordinary women's lives and relationships. The role of women in society is the underlying theme in her detailed narrative fiction, which moves along at a measured pace.
Janet Evanovich graduated from South River High School, then spent four years in the Douglass College art department. She started writing stories. After many rejections from earlier writings while working for a temp agency, she received a call from an editor with intent to publish a forgotten manuscript. She quickly started writing romance novels full time, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. After awhile, she turned to writing mysteries. After two years of gathering experiences from law enforcement agents, and learning to shoot, she created Stephanie Plum, a bounty-hunter-in-training, who is often assisted by her eccentric grandmother and equally inept friends and co-workers. The character, Stephanie Plum, is a "sassy and smart-mouthed" bounty hunter whose incompetence invites sympathy and humor. The villains are more incompetent than evil and solving the mystery serves as a backdrop for Stephanie's antics. Set in urban New Jersey, these mysteries have a small town feel.
Featured Authors: Lisa Jewell, Meg Wolitzer, Janet Evanovich