WHO AM I – February 18, 2017

identity-510866__340Today’s Guest Author may still be writing, loving, and living life to the fullest. Or they may not! Your clue today and every day for WHO AM I during your Mystery Thriller Week event will be the same: This author penned either a Mystery or Thriller genre book that was published.  Good luck and try your literary prowess from February 12-22, 2017 for a new prize daily. Enter your email (for prize notification) and multiple choice answer below.

WHO AM I?

Born: 1943

Gender: Female

Bio Information: Today’s author (born Janet Schneider in South River, New Jersey) is an American writer. She began her career writing short contemporary romance novels under the pen name Steffie Hall, but gained fame authoring a series of contemporary mysteries featuring Stephanie Plum, a lingerie buyer from Trenton, New Jersey, who becomes a bounty hunter to make ends meet after losing her job. The sixteen novels in this series consistently top the New York Times Best Seller list.  She is a second-generation American and was born and raised in New Jersey to a machinist and housewife. After graduating from high school, she became the first in her family to attend college when she enrolled at Douglass College, part of Rutgers University, to study art.

Book excerpt: When I was a little girl I used to dress Barbie up without underpants. On the outside, she’d look like the perfect lady. Tasteful plastic heels, tailored suit. But underneath, she was naked. I’m a bail enforcement agent now –also known as a fugitive apprehension agent, also known as a bounty hunter. I bring ’em back dead or alive. At least I try. And being a bail enforcement agent is sort of like being bare-bottom Barbie. It’s about having a secret. And it’s about wearing a lot of bravado on the outside when you’re really operating without underpants. Okay, maybe it’s not like that for all enforcement agents, but I frequently feel like my privates are alfresco. Figuratively speaking, of course. At the moment I wasn’t feeling nearly so vulnerable. What I was feeling at the moment was desperate. My rent was due, and Trenton had run out of scofflaws. I had my hands palms down on Connie Rosolli’s desk, my feet planted wide, and hard as I tried, I couldn’t keep my voice from sounding like it was coming out of Minnie Mouse. “What do you mean there are no FTAs? There are always FTAs.” “Sorry,” Connie said. “We’ve got lots of bonds posted, but nobody’s jumping. Must have something to do with the moon.” FTA is short for failure to appear for a court date. Going FTA is a definite no-no in the criminal justice system, but that doesn’t usually stop people from doing it.


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