Interview with Jayne Ann Krentz

Jayne Ann Krentz

Jayne I would like to welcome you to A Romance Review. I am so glad you could find the time in your busy writing schedule to chat with me for a while.

Thanks so much for inviting me. It is always fun to talk about books with others who love the romance genre as much as I do.

First off could you tell our readers a little about yourself?

I have been writing romantic-suspense for a while now. I started out in category and then transitioned to single-title. When I look back, I realize that every story I have ever written has contained both romance and suspense. I am convinced that those two elements are essential to my writer's "voice". In addition, I often employ a psychic or paranormal twist.

Like many other successful romance writers today your first works were within the category or series lines. Do you feel this is still one of the better ways for an author to get their foot in the door of the publishing world so to speak? Was there a particular reason you targeted this market?

Category was, for many years the heart and soul of romance publishing. For a long time it was impossible to find contemporary romance of any kind in single-title and mainstream publishing. Category is still an important aspect of the romance genre but in the past few years non-category publishers have been doing a great job with romance. Most of the paranormal romances, for example, started out in mainstream single-title, not category.

You are one of the most successful writers writing today and in fact it could be said that you have three careers. You write romantic suspense under the name Jayne Ann Krentz, historicals under the name Amanda Quick and paranormal suspense under the name Jayne Castle. Why did you settle on these names and what determines what you write next?

I'll take the last question first. What determines what I write next is what contract deadline is coming up next! Having said that, I have to tell you that I can only focus on one book/name at a time. It would drive me crazy to try to write two or more books at the same time. When I am in my Jayne Ann Krentz mode that is all I can think about. The same is true when I am Amanda Quick or Jayne Castle.

I created these three personas because they allow me to enter three very different worlds. In each world (historical, contemporary, futuristic) I can write stories that I cannot tell in the other worlds. This gives me an enormous sense of creative freedom.

Your paranormal themed books seem to be few and far between? What is the reason for this? Do the ideas for these come less frequently or are they harder to sell or is it some other reason? Will there be a new Jayne Castle release in 2006? If so could you tell us a little about it?

Again, I'll take the last question first. Yes, there will be a new Jayne Castle book out in the spring of 2006. The title is GHOST HUNTER. It is set on Harmony and features a new couple (although we will drop in on Lydia and Emmett). It also stars a new, heroic dust-bunny named Rose. Rose, as it happens, likes jewelry.

Now then, as to the rest of your questions. Yes, the Jayne Castle audience is the smallest of my audiences. My Amanda Quick titles and Jayne Ann Krentz books command a much larger readership. But I have kept the Jayne Castle stories going because I truly love the combination of romance, suspense and futuristic stuff. The first book I ever wrote, in fact, was a romantic-suspense-paranormal. It never sold. At the time the editors said that there was no market for that kind of story. Things have definitely changed in that end of the genre!

ALL NIGHT LONG is your latest romantic suspense just released this month. I must say that I loved the characters of Irene and Luke and became totally engrossed in this superb story. Can you give us some insider tidbits about this release? What prompted the idea for this story and how long did it take to complete? Also give the readers a bit of a teaser about this latest release if you will.

ALL NIGHT LONG is a very special book for me. We go to popular fiction for stories that give us characters who, although carrying a lot of baggage, manage to transcend and triumph over that baggage by employing the ancient, heroic virtues: honor, courage, determination and the healing power of love. I hope readers will be compelled by Irene and Luke.

Can you tell us about your Amanda Quick releases for 2006? What do your historical readers have to look forward to this year?

My next Amanda Quick title is SECOND SIGHT. It will be released in the late spring. It is the start of a new series based on the descendents of the Arcane Society and it will be linked to my Jayne Ann Krentz contemporaries. I hope readers will enjoy both the historicals and the contemporaries featuring the Arcane Society chronicles. One of the interesting features of the Society, by the way, is its matchmaking arm, All of my characters have some issues with that agency.

How do you do your research for your books and how much research is involved in each type of work that you do?

I was trained as a librarian and have a masters in that field, so I tend to enjoy the research and I try to get it right.

What is a typical day like for you when you are working on a book?

I am a very disciplined writer. Sadly, I learned long ago that if I sit around and wait for inspiration to strike, it never hits! I start work at my computer at seven in the morning and I write until about noon. After that, most of my creative energy is shot. In the afternoons I work on plot points, research and serious shopping at Nordstroms.

Obviously you must enjoy writing in all the genres you currently write in but if you could only write in one which would you choose and why? Also is there any type of writing you haven't tried yet but might explore in the future and if so what?

If I could only choose one genre it would be the futuristic romance genre. It allows me the most freedom with stories, characters and imagination. No, there is no other type of writing that calls to me. The romance genre is my home. I can do everything I want to do within it.

New writers trying to sell their first book are always looking for advice from the seasoned pros. What advice would you give a new writer today?

My best advice is to join Romance Writers of America. It is a fantastic writers' organization. You can find it online at:

How would you describe your books to someone who has never read your work before?

I write romantic-suspense and I love the heroic values: courage, honor, determination and the healing power of love. Those qualities infuse my stories.

What is the greatest compliment a reader could pay you?

"I always re-read your books".

What do you like to do in your spare time when you aren't creating such wonderful stories for us to enjoy?

I love to cook, shop and read. Not necessarily in that order. And my husband and I love to spend as much time as possible in Hawaii.

Jayne thank you for taking the time to do this interview. It has been an honor to chat with you. I look forward to many more exciting stories in the years to come.

Thank you so much for inviting me. It was great!

Interviewed by Barbara

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