>This past Monday I posted part one of a two-part interview with Jayne Ann Krentz. I was thrilled when Jayne was able to come chat with everyone.
Alas, Jayne can not join us today, but the second part of her interview rocks just as much as the first part! So enjoy this second part of Jayne’s Pleasure Me With Romance interview.
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Q: Reinventing oneself as an author is something you seem to excel at with all the names you write under (and have written under in the past). I read once that your agent submitted your first Amanda Quick book without telling the publisher who you really were. Can you tell us why you chose to do it this way?
A: My agent submitted my first historical under a pen name because at that point my Jayne Ann Krentz career was having a near-death experience! My printruns were in the toilet. I thought I’d have to abandon that career altogether. Luckily, things changed.
Q: As a New York Times bestselling author, you have a large fan base. Is there a crossover or readers to the different genres you write or do you see readers sticking with one genre versus another?
A: In the past there has been remarkably little cross-over between my three worlds. In essence, I’ve built three audiences. I’m hoping to change that by linking my three pen names under the Arcane logo.
Q: What makes it all worthwhile to you as an author?
A: The real reward in this career hits when a story comes together and I know I’ve told it the way I wanted to tell it. That is a high unlike no other.
Q: Are there any authors who have influenced your work?
A: My roots are in Nancy Drew.
Q: What is the most challenging part about being a writer?
A: The parts you can’t control: the market and promotion.
Q: You’ve describe yourself as a pantser (a writer who just writes without really knowing where the story is going). What do you like about being a pantser and what do you not like about this style of writing.
A: The thing about not knowing where I’m going is that the unknowns keep me on edge. There is a sense of discovery every day. Sometimes despair. Sometimes panic. But I derive energy from all those things. If I knew where I was going I would be bored with my story long before I got it down. What I don’t like about this approach is that it is very high stress. When I’m writing a book there is no real down time.
Q: Do you have any specific rituals or talismans that help you to write or that inspire you?
A: Nope. I just sit down in front of the computer every day and write.
Q: If one of your Arcane Society novels could be turned into a film, which one would you like to see on the screen, who would you like to see cast as the main characters, and what make you choose this particular book?
A: I have no idea. I never think in terms of film. I’m not much of a film buff and I don’t even know the names of a lot of modern film stars. When I see their pictures in the movie magazines at my styling salon, I can’t tell one from another.
Q: Do you have a favorite motto?
A: Don’t talk about it, do it.
Q: What sort of books did you grow up reading? Any favorites still on your shelf? Do you have a favorite fictional hero (outside of your own books)?
A: Nancy Drew.
Q:Your background is in history. If you could go back in time to meet one individual, who would it be, why would you like to meet them, and what do you think you’d talk about with them?
A: Meeting any historical figure would most likely be a huge mistake. Sometimes it’s better not to know too much about others, especially if we admire them from afar.
Q: What would readers be surprised to learn about you?
A: I don’t think there is anything about me that is surprising, certainly not to me.
Q: If you could go backward or forward in time which would you chose? Why?
A: Neither. There is a reason we can’t do that kind of stuff. We’ve got enough problems just dealing with the present.
Q: Why do you write romance novels as opposed to any other genre?
A: Romance is the most exciting of all the genres because I can do anything I want within it. No rules. No limits. This genre just keeps expanding and reinventing itself. It’s fabulous. And the readers are the most adventurous of all genre readers. They’ll try anything. They’re fabulous, too.
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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.