Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Jayne Ann Krentz

Because I work for one of the busiest library systems in the country, I attend a lot of author events. It's part of my job to set them up, sometimes I host them and I always learn something from every author I hear speak about their book, writing experiences and career.

I'm actually shocked when we have a popular author at one of our libraires and the crowd is "thin" -- because I think one of the best ways you can learn about writing is to attend free writing workshops and author events offered at libraries and book stores. In the Seattle area, on any given night you can find award-winning authors from any genre. I'm lucky to live in one of the "magnet cities" for book tours. Even better, we have a LOT of authors living in the Pacific Northwest.

One of my favorites is Jayne Ann Krentz, who also writes historical romance as Amanda Quick and futuristic romance as Jayne Castle. I remember the very first Amanda Quick book I picked up, Mistress. When I discovered her smart heroines and funny, engaging style, I devoured her books. Later on, as I developed my own writing, she was my model. I didn't know until I met her many years later that she was a librarian. I should have known. Librarians are the iconic masters, (or maybe I should say Mistresses) of my universe.

While many people are familiar with Jayne's writing, they probably don't know how much effort she's put into helping to make the connection between the romance genre and library staff. She speaks at library conventions like PLA (Public Library Association), has been part of panels for our library system to talk about the importance of genre fiction and makes time to present book events at libraries. As the book market shrinks along with discretionary dollars, she understands that readers will need to turn to libraries as an important resource and that programs and events at libraries will help authors find new audiences.

From the perspective of both my "day job" and my writing career -- I'm grateful that bestselling authors value their relationship with libraires. Take a page from Jayne's book, and be nice to your friendly neighborhood librarian. You never know what she's reading, they're sneaky that way. And a lot of them love to read romance.


Jayne Ann Krentz said...

Deb, it was great to see you at my workshop/signing event for RUNNING HOT last Saturday! Thanks so much for showing up. And thank you, too, for all that you do for authors and libraries. Don't know what we'd do without you!

--Jayne Ann Krentz

Judi Romaine said...

Great to see your nicely designed blog and nice to see a comment by Jayne Ann Krentz - a great author.

lynn romaine

Kathy Otten said...

Wow, that's awesome! Jayne Ann Krentz-She's one of my favorites, as Amanda Quick that is. I have almost all of her books. I even have one of her really old ones that might have been a Harlequin. The hero's name was Greyson and he collected the poetry of some obscure and horrible poet. It was the book got me hooked on her work.

Debra St. John said...

Hi Deborah! You lucky girl, you! Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my favorite authors. I have two shelves in my personal library devoted to her. Thanks for the post.

Caroline Clemmons said...


Lucky you to meet Jayne Ann Krentz. I'm happy to know she's as nice as I thought she'd be. I love her books as herself and Amanda Quick. I have some in hardback, but usually have to wait until they come out in paperback. I know, I should try the library, but I want to save them on my shelves to reread. I love her unique heroines and heroes.

Deborah Schneider said...

Thank you Jayne, Caroline, Debra, Kathy and Judi for visiting my blog.

I forgot to even mention that the heroine of RUNNING HOT is a LIBRARIAN! I love the tag line, (you can visit Jayne's website and see the beautiful cover).

Judi, I appreciate the comment about the design. I tried to connect it to the colors of my website.

Kathy, my favorite Amanda Quick is the story about the heroine who creates perfumes. She LOVES the way the hero smells. So funny but great.

Debra, her books are hard to resist and I have my own collection.

Caroline, those of us who work at the library are the biggest collectors of books. We simply must have some of them on our own shelves that we don't have to share.

Anonymous said...

Deborah ~~

Thanks for highlighting a wonderful author who is an inspiration to many writers. I also think you both took a great photo!

~~ Mary B :-)

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