In her 20 years in the hospitality industry, Janee Pennington was considered an expert in her field of creating, designing and implementing meetings and events. Meeting Eve, her funny, fast-paced and absorbing debut novel, inspires everyone to chase their dreams and live passionately.
Janee grew up outside of Los Angeles. “My mother loved to tell a story of me when I was 3 years old, I would combine big bags of flour and sugar with water on the floor,” she says. “She was convinced I was preparing to make cakes. Looking back, I believe these were my first baby steps toward the hospitality industry. I have always loved the alchemy of the creative process.”
Janee started her first business when she was 17. At age 23 she was approached by an executive search and interviewed to get into the world of hospitality, “which was incredibly difficult since there were few positions back then and a crowd of people were vying for them.” She got hired and went to work. She worked in her 20s as director of sales and marketing at a destination management company and dabbled as a travel director. In her 30s, she opened her own meeting and event planning company. She cherished the challenge, travel, people and excitement, and was driven to stay in the forefront of her field.
Inspired by friends and her mother to share her adventures, Janee began writing the book that would become Meeting Eve, but the process was not short. During the seven years she devoted herself to the work, she lost her mother, “an avid reader who so dearly wanted to sit in a quiet room and read my book cover-to-cover – smiling and laughing at Eve’s antics.” She also fought breast cancer twice while working hard to not let it define her.
“Knowing I needed to get back to this project proved to be the prescription that kept me moving forward and excited to wake up each morning,” she says. “I want to encourage everyone going through a tough patch to plough ahead and I hope you glean something from my story that lets you smile, brings you laughter and warms your heart.”
Janee is executive director of two films, the short Chlorine and a documentary now in pre-production about the first American woman to sail solo around the world. She lives with Colin, her husband of almost 15 years, in Seattle where they enjoy cycling, traveling, riding ATVs and, in her passion for health, juicing. She’s now at work on her second novel, which will follow further adventures of the intrepid Eve.
Meeting Eve is a finalist in the 2014 Nancy Pearl Awards!
Yvonne Karlin rated it
I found myself not wanting to put this book down! Well written with great characters. I could feel the tension and stress in event planning and saw what a wonderful job Eve and her team did handling some interesting situations with grace, professionalism, persistence and confidence. She let her hair down a few times…only proving that Event Planners do get tired and can have fun in the midst of it all. Well done. The last few pages have me waiting for Book 2 to see Eve’s next adventure and get some questions and open-ended things cleared up! Very enjoyable!
HURST rated it MEETING EVE is SUCH A FUN READ!!!!
The main character, Eve, is not only inspiring, but also someone you’d want to kick back and have a glass of wine with. This story is full of funny moments, and really awesome characters. The book opens with somewhat of a challenge for Eve, an experienced meetings and event planner. Her long-time friend and client wants her to plan an event in Amsterdam for a HUGE crowd of people in TWO MONTHS. As experienced as she is, Eve has never had such a short period of time to pull off something so extravagant. However, against her better judgement, she chooses to accept, and suddenly we (the audience) are whisked off into the wondrous world of Eve. I highly recommend this book to everyone from young to old. It’s fun, fresh, and unforgettable. I can’t wait for another one!!! Great job, Mrs. Pennington!!!!
Emilia rated it
Bravo! I couldn’t put this book down. Every ambitious modern woman can relate to Eve. This is a fun story in the creative world of event planning with some international flair. I can’t wait for the next book. What will happen with Eve and Sebastian?! It leaves you wanting more. This book could easily be made into a movie!!!!