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Jayne Ann Krentz to visit Australia

23 September 2017

Photo credit Marc Von Borstel

This November, Jayne Ann Krentz will be cruising in the Asia-Pacific region and has three ports of call in Australia. Luckily for her Australian fans, she has agreed to rendezvous with her readers in Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney. You can find all the details here. Ahead of the trip we caught up with Jayne for an interview …

What kind of books did you love when you were a child?

I was a huge fan of any book that involved horses and I loved Nancy Drew stories.

Do you remember the first romance novel you read?

I sure do. Anne McCaffrey’s Ring of Fear. (Yes, there was a horse in it.) Then I discovered her book Restoree, the first true science-fiction romance. Those two books changed my life.

How old were you when you knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I had no clue until I was in my early twenties. There was never a moment when I decided to become a writer. I had been reading and loving romance novels for a couple of years at that point. I loved the genre. One day I decided that I wanted to try to tell a romance story my way.

When did you first sit down and start to write? How long after that before you were published? How hard was it to first get published?

It took me six long years to get published. Back in those days there was no such thing as self-publishing. Harlequin was the only game in town and they weren’t even in town—they were in Canada.

What authors do you read and/or admire now?

I read a lot of authors, but I will pick up any book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Christina Dodd without reading the back cover copy. I am also thoroughly enjoying Deanna Raybourn’s new Veronica Speedwell mysteries.

If you weren’t a writer, what career do you think you would have now?

I probably would have stuck with my original day job—librarian.

The dust-bunnies in the Harmony series are reader favourites. What inspired them?

I have no idea. I suspect they used psychic powers on me to get me to put them into my stories. They love knowing that they have become stars.

How hard is it to juggle a series that spans several sub-genres?

I never think of juggling sub-genres. My core story has always been romantic-suspense. I write that core story in three different fictional landscapes: historical, contemporary and futuristic. But regardless of the setting, it’s always romantic-suspense.

It seems like you have most romance sub-genres covered, but is there a sub-genre that you would love to try and haven’t yet?

Nope. So far I’ve been able to write every sub-genre that appeals to me. It did take quite a while before I found a home for the futuristic/paranormal stories, though. There was no market for those books back at the start of my career.

A lot of traditionally published authors are trying self-publishing. Are you interested in trying it?

I’m using it to reissue some of my older titles. If I were starting out today I would definitely experiment with self-publishing.

Has there been any interest in any of your books for movies or television?

Sadly, no.

Other than books, what is one item you can’t resist buying?

Clothes.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you are in Australia? Will you have the chance to explore at all?

We will visit Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney on this cruise. I do realise we are only going to get a small taste of your beautiful country but I am very excited. And the best part will be the opportunity to meet with readers and writers who love romance novels as much as I do. Thank you so much for rolling out the welcome mat for me!

Obviously, we all have a lot in common. When we meet in person I know we will be instant friends.

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Jayne will be doing three events for readers while she is visiting Australia:

  • Sunday 19 November in Cairns
  • Wednesday 22 November in Brisbane
  • Saturday 25 November in Sydney

You can find all the details here.

[This article originally appeared in the September 2017 ARRA member newsletter.]

One Comment
  1. 24 September 2017 1:20 pm

    I am really looking forward to meeting Jayne in November I love the Amanda Quick books 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

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