Pleasure Me Again With Jayne Ann Krentz

>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.

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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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About the Author
      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.

      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.

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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

38 thoughts on “Pleasure Me Again With Jayne Ann Krentz

  1. >I think it is good that all the pen names will be under one home. It is easier with the internet to coordinate multiple names on a website and keep everything up to date.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com

  2. >Hi Monica & Jayne: The questions & answers are very interesting & fun for us readers. Thank you & miss seeing you on RWQ. Rebecca

    rebeccaringler at yahoo dot com

  3. >Great interview. I have really been wanting to start her books. Just need to figure out the best one to pick first. Quite a decision.

    State – MO

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  4. >Hello, Ladies!

    I've been reading Amanda Quick since probably the first came out, lo these many years ago. I've read a couple of the Jayne Castle ones prior to the Arcane series ones, and have read JAK only in the Arcane series, of which I have to fill in the gaps, as I know I'm missing about half of them!

    I have also enjoyed reading what I could get my hands on of Monica's, and look forward to finding more of her works in print in the future.

    Tonight will be a good evening to curl up with a book. It's sleeting and raining, and the temperature is slowly dropping enough for it to freeze, and turn to snow (ack! a four letter word!).


    Madison, Wisconsin

  5. >Such a talented author to write in so many different genres. I have a hard time keeping up!

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  6. >Monica, I'm so glad you were able to split this into two interviews so all of the questions could be answered. I loved Nancy Drew growing up too. My sister had the whole set and I would devour them.


    New York

  7. >I haven't actually read any Amanda Quick or Jayne Ann Krentz but they look really good. I actually have a few Amanda Quick novels on my TBR list.

  8. >I have read books written under her Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz name. I love both of the genres. I love seeing different perspectives of an author when they cross genres.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com


  9. >I totally agree about meeting famous people and feeling a bit let down to find that they are human. I felt that way when I met Isaac Asimov all those years ago. He was witty and funny and brilliant, but when the talk was over and he was meeting and greeting, he seemed like someone's Jewish grandfather (which he was, I'm sure). Yep, human. 🙂
    I still love his work and was very sad when he died.


  10. >I'm a great fan of your Amanda Quick books. I think I have them all. I've bought all the Arcane Society books in hardcover and have downloaded the audios, but just haven't listened/read them yet. I think it has to do with not liking "crossovers" and loving historicals. I was hoping on a long trip, my husband and I would listen to the series. Maybe, this year. 🙂

  11. >I am listening to the book right now witj Fallon and Isabel. I amreally enjoying it. I lvoe these books and Mischeief is one of my favorites as well.
    debby236 at att dot net

  12. >Thank you both! I have you both on my TBR list. I can't wait for Pleasure Me. I keep watching the for review list at hoping that these books will be on it. I'd love to review them.

    Great interview, Monica. Loved it!

    qladyhawke at gmail dot com
    Idaho, USA

  13. >Thank you, Monica and Jayne, for both parts of the interview. The first thing I ever read by Jayne was Shield's Lady, and I loved it. I also like historicals and discovered a "new" author named Amanda Quick whose one-word titled books I thoroughly enjoyed. It blew my mind when I found out all of the personnas and genres Jayne wrote as and in. Please continue the great interviews, Monica!

    Mary M.
    WI, USA

    emmasmom AT wi DOT rr DOT com

  14. >I have been reading Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, and Jayne Castle books for years. I will continue to do so. What an amazing interview! So totally impressed that Jayne Ann lives in the here and now — is comfortable in her own skin — and will keep on writing — and keep on doing it her way.

    Soap Box: So many times I've read articles about how the publishers changed an author's book title or some such thing . . . and I think, "that was such a bad move on the publisher's part"– I thought the author's title was so much more intriguing and eye-catching (and fit the story line). If it saddens my heart that the publishers (or whoever) dictate how an author must "do" certain things — like change genres, titles, etc.– how much more must it chafe at the author.

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  15. >Great interview; I enojyed it. I look forward in reading more of your works, Jayne.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  16. >Nice blog today. I enjoy reading your contemporary romance books. I can see where your degree in History has helped you to write such good stories. I always enjoy visiting your colorful website as well.

  17. >Enjoyed the blog today. I've read several of your romance books which I've enjoyed a lot. Did read an Arcane Society book as well. Have a great day.

  18. >I have enjoyed all of her books that I've read so far. Fantastic stories. I just picked up Running Hot 🙂


  19. >I have to credit JAK with getting me hooked on paranormal. I can remember thinking I wouldn't ever be interested in such a thing and looking down my nose at paranormals, thinking they should be lumped under sci-fi. Oh how ignorant I was. Thankfully my mother gave me an arcane book but described it only as a romance, allowing my narrow minded self to give it a chance. I was blown away and my pre-conceived ideas about books had to die a natural death. Thankfully, I learned my lesson and give every genre a chance now, realizing its the author that makes the book, not the setting.

  20. >Terrific interview, Jayne and Monica. I really enjoyed both parts. And I second that we have too many problems in the present to deal with going backward or forward in time! 🙂

    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org

  21. >good morning monica!
    I have to say I do love Jayne! she is a fabulous woman and author! and she is great to her fans as well and always kind 🙂
    this event has been amazing! and i am glad I am able to be here every day to read and comment mostly because of the wonderful ladies you have blogging here! most are new to me authors and I find I am amazed at how their writing minds work! it has been an awsome few weeks! thankyou!

    Kris b Indiana

    krysti33 @ frontier dot com

  22. >She is a talented author to write in 3 different genres. I would be so confused just trying to remember what I was currently working on.

    June in KY

  23. >Monica I have to say that you have gathered an impressive number of fabulous authors for this event. I have really enjoyed getting to know all of these ladies. Most of the authors were new to me. My book wish list is now a mile long!

    GeishasMom73 on twitter
    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  24. >As I said in my intro, Jayne WILL NOT be visiting today, so any questions you ask won't get answered.

    I do hope you enjoy the interview. I am so grateful to Jayne for answering so many questions when I gave her the option to just answer a few. Shows what an awesome lady she is! No wonder I love her books!

    I'm trying to finish my book, but I'll try to pop in as I can. Thanks so much for all your support of the event. The numbers have been incredible. Tells me I should have done this a long time ago, despite ALL the work!! LOL

  25. >I started out as a strictly historical reader, but JAK was the first author who persuaded me to break out into reading other genres.

    While I know I will only ever write historicals ( I LOVE Regency England) I enjoy being able to read in other genres. Gives me a break and lets me really relax and read instead of constantly analyzing and saying "I wish I'd written that!"

    Thanks for this interview. Really great insight!


  26. >I'm a huge Amanda Quick fan and really love the Arcane society books! I would be very interested to seeing them turned into a movie. For The Perfect Poison, I think Kate Winslet would make a fab Lucinda & I rather fancy Richard Armitage as Caleb.

    lotsofgingers AT hellokitty DOT com

  27. >I have only read some of her Amanda Quick books. I'm not a 'cross-over' reader and I probably won't be because I am so deeply embedded in historical romances that I seldom look at other genres.

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  28. >HUGE fan of JAK, especially when she writes as Amanda Quick. Love the Arcane series and just finished "The Perfect Poison". I look forward to many more years of great reading whether as JAK, AQ or JC!!


  29. >I have to admit I was a solid Amanda Quick fan and really only read those until she started crossing the Arcane novels over into her other pen names. Now I read them all and have gone back and read everything she has written under JAK and Jayne Castle.

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  30. >Good Morning Jayne and Monica! Thanks for the rest of the questions. I too was a huge Nancy Drew fan when I was growing up. I read all of them that my library had and kept asking for more. Then I moved on to Cherry Ames- Student Nurse and went from those to romance and romantic suspense books.
    Jayne- I'm glad that you are going to use the Arcane logo to tie your three pen names togther- that is one of my pet peaves because a lot of times I don't recognize my favorite author's other pen names:)

    US Resident

  31. >Hello, Jayne & Monica! Thank you for continuing a most enjoyable and interesting interview! I am curious if an author with such strong storytelling skills, writing in multiple genres with several pen names, is gregarious or reserved in the non-writing part of her life. I have observed that some authors are bon vivants constantly on the move, ever inquisitive and searching for the next adventure and new horizon. Others are the keen observers, quietly soaking up humanity and life like sponges. I am sure that some authors are a mixture of the two groups. I appreciate them all, and their differences only add to their appeal as storytellers.

    VA–USA Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  32. >Good morning Jayne and Monica,

    I've been a huge fan of all three genres of books that JAK has written. I started reading Amamda Quick and didn't know she and JAK were the same person for quite a while but I was so thrilled to find out anout the other pen name and started reading those books as well.
    nevada, USA

  33. >Welcome back for the 2nd half of your blog, Jayne! AND, as always, thank you, Monica, for being such a gracious host. I've not read any of your books, Jayne, but your blog posts have convinced me that I must. Thanks!
    Please enter me in your drawing.
    Linda T.
    Florida, USA, where it's an absolutely beautiful day today!

  34. >Yay! for more JAK. I loved all her historicals and the contemporaries but have to admit the whole Arcane thing rather lost me…Guess that supports her statement about different audiences for her different worlds with not a lot of crossover!

    BabsVick AT gmail DOT com