Novel Reaction is very excited to welcome Jayne Anne Krentz in connection with her latest novel Crystal Gardens
The author of a string of New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ uses three different pen names for each of her three “worlds”. As JAYNE ANN KRENTZ (her married name) she writes contemporary romantic-suspense. She uses AMANDA QUICK for her novels of historical romantic-suspense. JAYNE CASTLE (her birth name) is reserved these days for her stories of futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense.
“I am often asked why I use a variety of pen names,” she says. “The answer is that this way readers always know which of my three worlds they will be entering when they pick up one of my books.”
In addition to her fiction writing, she is the editor of, and a contributor to, a non-fiction essay collection, DANGEROUS MEN AND ADVENTUROUS WOMEN: ROMANCE WRITERS ON THE APPEAL OF THE ROMANCE published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her commitment to her chosen genre has been strong from the very beginning of her career. Each year at the annual convention of the Romance Writers of America she participates in a special day-long workshop for librarians and speaks on the importance of the romance genre.
“The romance genre is the only genre where readers are guaranteed novels that place the heroine at the heart of the story,” Jayne says. “These are books that celebrate women’s heroic virtues and values: courage, honor, determination and a belief in the healing power of love.”
She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries.
She is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington.
**Photo credit Marc Von Borstel
Jayne took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for us:
Jayne: Nope, no preference. Having three identities as an author has kept me refreshed and invigorated throughout my career. Each name and the accompanying world allows me to do a different kind of plot. There are some stories that work great in my AQ historicals that just wouldn’t fly in my contemporaries. And other things that work in futuristics would be hard to do in either historicals or contemporaries — alien technology and dust bunnies, for example.
Jayne: I actually got the idea for CRYSTAL GARDENS from a tour of a carnivorous plant nursery in California. You never know where an idea will come from.
NR: Any hints on what we can expect for Beatrice and Clarissa, Evangeline’s friends from the investigation agency, in future Ladies of Lantern Street series?
Jayne: This is definitely shaping up to be a trilogy. Clarissa’s story will be next. I’ll be writing it over the summer and it will be out this time next year. Meanwhile, readers who enjoy CRYSTAL GARDENS might be interested in my August Jayne Castle release, THE LOST NIGHT. A descendant of the hero of GARDENS (Lucas Sebastian) will appear in the next futuristic. I just couldn’t help myself.
NR: If Crystal Garden were to be made into a film, who would you cast as Lucas and Evangeline?
Jayne: Sadly, I have no clue because I don’t see many movies. I try to keep up with that sort of thing by reading the Hollywood gossip magazines at my hair salon every month but I just can’t remember the names or faces of the stars.
NR: On Novel Reaction each month we do a books-to-movie challenge where we read the book, watch the movie, and discuss it. Which is your favorite or least favorite books-to-movie and why?
Jayne: How about books to-TV? Does that count? I really enjoyed the Jesse Stone made- for-TV mysteries based on Robert B. Parker’s series and I can’t wait for the second season of SHERLOCK (the British series featuring a contemporary Holmes and Watson).
FINAL NOTE: Thanks for inviting me to do this Q&A here at Novel Reaction. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who reads my stories. I have always felt that if you enjoy my books it is probably because we have a lot in common when it comes to world views, values and sense of humor. That’s a terrific basis for a good friendship. I wish you all a happy spring.
Thanks so much for stopping by Jayne. I also can’t wait for the next season of Sherlock and Novel Reaction will be doing a books-to-movie challenge in May when it is released on PBS. 🙂 Jayne stopped by previously to talk about one of my favorite characters from her futuristic novels, dust bunnies, you can read Beware the Dust Bunnies here. You can read my review of Crystal Garden here.