Jayne Ann Krentz

Biografie şi Bibliografie

Jayne Ann Krentz, née Jayne Castle is an American writer of romance novels. Krentz is the author of a string of New York Times bestsellers under seven different pseudonyms. Now, she only uses three names. 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.

Over 23 million copies of Krentz's 122 novels are in print. With Sweet Starfire, Krentz created the futuristic romance subgenre, and further expanded the boundaries of the genre in 1996 with Amaryllis, the first paranormal futuristic romantic suspense novel. She is an outspoken advocate for the romance genre and has been the recipient of the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies.


Personal life

Jayne Ann Castle was born in Cobb, California, USA. Her mother, Alberta Castle, raised her and her two brothers, Stephen and James in Borrego Springs during her first 10 years.

She earned a B.A in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1970. Fearful that she would be unable to find a job using her degree, she elected to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University. Immediately after graduation she married Frank Krentz, an engineer, whom she had met at San Jose State. The couple moved to the Virgin Islands, where Krentz worked for a year as an elementary school librarian, a time she refers to as "an unmitigated career disaster." Realizing that she enjoyed being a librarian but not the aspects of teaching that working in an elementary school required, Krentz moved into the higher levels of academia, including a stint in the Duke University library system. Krentz and her husband later moved to Seattle, Washington.

Krentz has been generous in sharing her wealth with libraries. She established the Castle Humanities Fund at UCSC's University Library to allow the library to purchase additional books and has given money to 15 Seattle-area elementary schools to enhance their library budgets. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Writers Programs at the University of Washington extension program.

Krentz is famous for her work ethic, beginning her writing by 7 am six days a week. She is fond of vegetarian cooking.

Writing career

Early years

While working at Duke, Krentz began writing stories her way, combining elements of romance novels with paranormal twists. For six years she wrote and mailed proposals for new novels, consistently receiving rejection letters. She claims to have tried to stop writing several times during that period, but that it became a "compulsion." During this time she and her family moved to Seattle, Washington to further her husband's aerospace career.
Pseudonyms and genres

Krentz continued writing, and, in 1979, she sold her first novel, Gentle Pirate. That novel and several that followed were published within various category romance lines, as that was the only method in which contemporary romance was published. As more publishers began to release single-title contemporary romances, Krentz shifted into writing only single-title novels.

Her first novels were released under her birth name, Jayne Castle. An ill-informed Krentz signed a contract allowing one of her publishers to own the name, and, after leaving that publisher, Krentz was unable to use that name on new works for ten years. This led to the creation of several pseudonyms, including Jayne Taylor, Jayne Bentley, Stephanie James and Amanda Glass.

Although by the mid-1980s she had begun using only her married name, Jayne Ann Krentz, for all of her contemporary romance novels. Her 1986 novel, Sweet Starfire was the first true futuristic romance, a subgenre that combined elements of romance novels and science fiction. The novel was a "classic road trip romance" which just happened to be set in a separate galaxy. In 1987 she published a second futuristic romance, Crystal Flame, which again allowed for a "traditional romance plot unfold[ing] in an extraordinary world."

The success of these books encouraged Krentz to try to write a real historical romance with a humorous twist, which she released under the pseudonym Amanda Quick.

Krentz further expanded the boundaries of the romance genre in 1996, when she began writing paranormal futuristic novels of romantic suspense. Released under her maiden name, Jayne Castle, these novels are set far in the future in a world where everyone has a psychic talent and respectable people use marriage agencies instead of choosing their own mates. As is customary in her writing, in each case the protagonists have a mystery to solve or a villain to defeat.

All of her novels, regardless of their setting, are known for containing suspense, romance, and humor, and many also dwell on family relationships. Psychic themes also appear throughout Krentz's work. In 2006 she began a new series, called The Arcane Society, which will include books written under both the Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick names. The books tells the stories of members of the Arcane Society for the psychically gifted, and each hero and heroine has his or her own psychic power. The books will feature a mystery for the protagonists to solve while they are learning to deal with their psychic abilities. The heroes of her novels are always alpha males who are as strong and determined as her heroines.


Over 122 of her novels (all of which are romances) have been published, with 32 of them placing on the New York Times Bestseller List. In total, there are over 23 million copies of her books in print. Krentz has been nominated 22 times for Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, winning in 2004 for Falling Awake and in 1995 for Trust Me. She has also received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.

An outspoken advocate of the merits of romantic fiction, Krentz maintains that "[p]opular fiction encapsulates and reinforces many of our most fundamental cultural values. Romance is among the most enduring because it addresses the values of family and human emotional bonds." To help educate the public about the genre she became the editor of and a contributor to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance, a non-fiction essay collection that won the prestigious Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies. Krentz was the inspiration for, and first recipient of, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, created to "honor those in the romance community who have significantly impacted our genre."

Jayne Ann Krentz's novel The Waiting Game was adapted for the Harlequin Romance Series teleplay in 1998. The movie starred Chris Potter with Paula Abdul in the female supporting role, directed by Vic Sarin.


As Jayne Castle
Category romance

    Vintage of Surrender, 1979
    Queen of Hearts, 1979
    Gentle Pirate, 1980
    Bargain with the Devil, 1981
    Right of Possession, 1981
    Wagered Weekend, 1981
    A Man's Protection, 1982
    A Negotiated Surrender, 1982
    Affair of Risk, 1982
    Power Play, 1982
    Relentless Adversary, 1982
    Spellbound, 1982
    Conflict of Interest, 1983

Stand-alone novels

    Double Dealing, 1984
    Trading Secrets, 1985

Guinevere Jones series

    The Desperate Game, 1986
    The Chilling Deception, 1986
    The Sinister Touch, 1986
    The Fatal Fortune, 1986

Curtain series
Futuristic World of St. Helen's sub-series

    Amaryllis, 1996
    Zinnia, 1997
    Orchid, 1998

Futuristic World of Ghost Hunters sub-series

    "Bridal Jitters" in Charmed (1999) and Harmony (2000)
    After Dark, 2000 and in Harmony (2000)
    After Glow, 2004
    Ghost Hunter, 2006
    Silver Master, 2007
    Dark Light, 2008
    Obsidian Prey, 2009

Arcane Society series
In Dreamlight trilogy

    Fired Up, 2009 (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
    Burning Lamp, 2010 (as Amanda Quick)
    Midnight Crystal, 2010

In Looking Glass trilogy

    In Too Deep, 2011 (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
    Quicksilver, 2011 (as Amanda Quick)
    Caynons of Night, 2011

As Jayne Taylor
Category romance

    Whirlwind Courtship, 1979

As Jayne Bentley
Category romance

    A Moment Past Midnight, 1979
    Hired Husband, 1979
    Maiden of the Morning, 1979
    Sabrina's Scheme, 1979
    Turning Toward Home, 1979

As Stephanie James
Category romance

    A Passionate Business 1981
    Corporate Affair, 1982
    Dangerous Magic, 1982
    Lover in Pursuit, 1982
    Reckless Passion, 1982
    Renaissance Man, 1982
    Stomy Challenge, 1982
    Velvet Touch, 1982
    Affair of Honor, 1983
    Battle Prize, 1983
    Body Guard, 1983
    Gamemaster, 1983
    Price of Surrender, 1983
    Raven's Prey, 1983
    Serpent in Paradise, 1983
    The silver Snare, 1983
    To Tame the Hunter, 1983
    Gambler's Woman, 1984
    Night of the Magician, 1984
    Nightwalker, 1984
    Golden Goddess, 1985
    Wizard, 1985
    Cautious Lover, 1986
    Green Fire, 1986
    Second Wife, 1987
    Saxon's Lady, 1987
    The Challoner Bride, 1987

Colter series

    Fabulous Beast, 1984
    The Devil to Pay, 1985

This is not really a series. The two male characters both have the name Colter and that is the only connection. They are not related and there are no references between the two books.

As Jayne Ann Krentz

    Uneasy Alliance, 1984
    Call It Destiny, 1984
    Ghost of a Chance, 1984
    Man With a Past, 1985
    Witchcraft, 1985
    Legacy, 1985
    The Waiting Game, 1985
    True Colors, 1986
    The Ties That Bind, 1986
    Between the Lines, 1986
    The Family Way, 1987
    The Main Attraction, 1987
    The Chance of a Lifetime, 1987
    Test of Time, 1987
    Full Bloom, 1988
    Joy, 1988
    A Woman's Touch, 1989
    Lady's Choice, 1989
    To Wild To Wed?, 1991
    The Wedding Night, 1991
    The Private Eye, 1992

Stand-alone novels

    Twist of Fate, 1986
    A Coral Kiss, 1987
    Midnight Jewels, 1987
    Golden Chance, 1990
    Silver Linings, 1991
    Sweet Fortune, 1991
    Family Man, 1992
    Perfect Partners, 1992
    Hidden Talents, 1993
    Wildest Hearts, 1993
    Grand Passion, 1994
    "Connecting Rooms" in Everlasting Love, 1995 & in Hearts Desire, 1998
    Trust Me, 1995
    Absolutely, Positively, 1996
    Deep Waters, 1997
    Flash, 1998
    Sharp Edges, 1998
    Eye of the Beholder, 1999
    Lost & Found, 2000
    Soft Focus, 2000
    Smoke in Mirrors, 2002
    Dangerous Affair, 2004
    Falling Awake, 2004
    No Going Back, 2004
    All Night Long, 2005

Lost Colony series

    Crystal Flame, 1986
    Sweet Starfire, 1986
    Shield's Lady, 1989 (As Amanda Glass)

Dreams duology

    Dream, Part One, 1988
    Dream, Part Two, 1988

Gifts series

    Gift of Gold, 1988
    Gift of Fire, 1989

Ladies and Legend series

    The Pirate, 1990
    The Adventurer, 1990
    The Cowboy, 1990

Whispering Springs series

    Light in Shadow, 2003
    Truth or Dare, 2004

Eclipse Bay series

    Eclipse Bay, 2000
    Dawn in Eclipse Bay, 2001
    A Summer in Eclipse Bay, 2002

    All three published together in collection Together in Eclipse Bay, 2003

Arcane Society series

    Second Sight, 2006 (as Amanda Quick)
    The Third Circle, 2008 (as Amanda Quick)
    The Perfect Poison, 2009 (as Amanda Quick)


    White Lies, 2007
    Sizzle and Burn, 2008
    Running Hot, 2008 (ties-in with Eclipse Bay series)

In Dreamlight trilogy

    Fired Up (2009)
    Burning lamp (2010) (as Amanda Quick)
    Midnight Crystal (2010) (as Jayne Castle)

In Looking Glass trilogy

    In Too Deep (2010)
    Quicksilver (2011) (as Amanda Quick)
    Canyons of Night (pub date 08/30/2011) (as Jayne Castle)

Dark Legacy series

    Copper Beach (pub date 01/12/2012)

As Amanda Glass
Lost Colony series

    Crystal Flame, 1986 (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
    Sweet Starfire, 1986 (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
    Shield's Lady, 1989

As Amanda Quick
Stand-alone novels

    Seduction, 1990/02
    Surrender, 1990/09
    Scandal, 1991/02
    Rendevouz, 1991/10
    Ravished, 1992/06
    Reckless, 1992/12
    Dangerous, 1993/05
    Deception, 1993/07
    Desire, 1993/12
    Mistress, 1994/07
    Mystique, 1995/01
    Mischief, 1996/08
    Affair, 1997/06
    With This Ring, 1998/04
    The Paid Companion, 2004/05
    Wait Until Midnight, 2005
    The River Knows, 2007

Vanza Series

    With This Ring, 1998/04
    I Thee Wed, 1999/04
    Wicked Widow, 2000/04
    Lie by Moonlight, 2005/05

Lake & March trilogy

    Slightly Shady, 2001/04
    Don't Look Back, 2002/04
    Late for the Wedding, 2003/04

Arcane Society series

    Second Sight, 2006
    The Third Circle, 2008
    The Perfect Poison, 2009


    White Lies, 2007 (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
    Sizzle and Burn, 2008 (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
    Running Hot (as Jayne Ann Krentz, ties-in with Eclipse Bay series)

In Dreamlight trilogy

    Fired Up (2009) (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
    Burning Lamp (2010)
    Midnight Crystal (2010) (as Jayne Castle)

In Looking Glass trilogy

    In Too Deep (2010) (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
    Quicksilver (2011)
    Canyons of Night (2011) (as Jayne Castle)

Rainshadow series

    Crystal Gardens (2012)

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