Ep. 8 Jayne Ann Krentz: Promise Not to Tell

Today’s guest is Jayne Ann Krentz who is the author of more than 50 New York Times bestsellers. She writes romantic suspense in three different worlds under three different names: Jayne  Ann Krentz for contemporary, Jayne Castle for futuristic/paranormal, and Amanda Quick for her historical novels. Her books have won numerous awards including the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America. There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.
I was excited to find out what drives Jayne to tell stories and learn as much as possible about the writing process of an author who has been so massively successful for so long—she’s clearly doing something right!

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Highlights from the episode include:

-The fabulous 82 day cruise she just got back from and what it was like to meet readers in Australia and New Zealand.

-The mysteries and challenges of the game of Bridge.

-Her riveting new book, Promise Not to Tell, which follows Virginia and Cabot as they try to uncover the truth about the alleged suicide of a woman from their past. Both spent their early childhood in a cult and were rescued from a horrific fire that was set by the leader of the cult, Quinton Zane, to eliminate his followers. Now they are trying to make sense of the final message, a mysterious painting, that was sent to Virginia before a woman burned her cabin down and jumped to her death. Is Zane still alive and out for revenge?

-The nuts and bolts of her writing process that has led to such a prolific and successful career.

-How she ended up with three pen names and why she doesn’t advise multiple names for aspiring authors.

-The fascinating world of late 1930’s California where her current Amanda Quick stories are set and what her research for historical settings looks like.

-Author’s block vs author’s boredom and what Jayne suggests you do to fix it.

-Jayne’s advice for aspiring authors who are trying to get a career started.

*Books mentioned in this episode:

Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz

When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick (May 2018)


About the Author
Jenny Nordbak earned a B.A in Interdisciplinary Archaeology from the University of Southern California. After graduating, she spent two years leading a double life, working in healthcare construction by day, while secretly working as a Dominatrix at a dungeon in LA by night. Her memoir, The Scarlett Letters: My Secret Year of Men in an LA Dungeon (St. Martin’s Press, 2017), is a candid look into that time in her life. Jenny is an advocate for sex positivity and female empowerment. She writes the Stocks and Bondage column for Penthouse and has been featured as a sex expert on The Doctors. She contributes to Men’s Health and has appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. She is currently working on developing her memoir for TV and finishing her next book, a romance novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

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