Jayne Ann Krentz

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Jayne Ann Castle Krentz
Jayne Ann Krentz at RWA 2012.jpg
Born Jayne Ann Castle
(1948-03-28) March 28, 1948 (age 68)
Cobb, California, United States
Pen name Jayne Castle
Jayne Taylor
Jayne Bentley
Stephanie James
Jayne Ann Krentz
Amanda Glass
Amanda Quick
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Alma mater San Jose State University
Period 1979 - present
Genre Romance, Suspense, Fantasy
Spouse Frank Krentz


Jayne Ann Krentz, née Jayne Castle (born March 28, 1948 in Cobb, California, United States), 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. Under her married name she writes contemporary romantic-suspense. She uses Amanda Quick for her novels of historical romantic-suspense. She uses her maiden name for futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense writing.

Over 35 million copies of Krentz's novels are in print. With Sweet Starfire, she 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[edit]

Jayne Ann Castle was born on March 28, 1948 in Cobb, California, United States.[1] She and her two brothers were raised by their mother, Alberta, in Borrego Springs for the first decade of Jayne's life.

She earned a B.A in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1970.[2] Fearful that she would be unable to find a job using her degree, she elected to obtain her graduate 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".[1] 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.[1] 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.[2][3]

Writing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

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.[1] She claims to have tried to stop writing several times during that period, but that it became a "compulsion".[3] During this time she and her family moved to Seattle, Washington to further her husband's aerospace career.

Pseudonyms and genres[edit]

Krentz continued writing, and, in 1979, she sold her first novel, Gentle Pirate.[1] 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.[4]

Her first novels were released under her birth name, Jayne Castle. 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. By the mid-1980s she had begun using only her married name, Jayne Ann Krentz, for all of her contemporary romance novels.[1]

Her 1986 novel, Sweet Starfire, was a 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".[5] 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.[5]

She began writing paranormal futuristic novels of romantic suspense in 1996. 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.[6]

Psychic themes appear throughout Krentz's work. In 2006 she began a new series, called The Arcane Society, which includes books written as Amanda Quick (historical setting), Jayne Ann Krentz (contemporary setting), and Jayne Castle (futuristic setting). The books tell 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 feature a mystery for the protagonists to solve while they are learning to deal with their psychic abilities.[7] The heroes of her novels are always alpha males who are as strong and determined as her heroines.[8]


More than 120 of Krentz's romance novels have been published, with 32 placing on the New York Times Bestseller List. In total, there are over 23 million copies of her books in print.[3]

Krentz's novel The Waiting Game was adapted for the Harlequin Romance Series teleplay in 2001.

Her books have won many awards. Krentz has been nominated 22 times for Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, winning in 1995 for Trust Me and in 2004 for Falling Awake.[9] She has also received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.[9]

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.[3] 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".[10]


Arcane Society Novels[edit]

  • Books are written across all three names
  1. Second Sight, 2006 (as Amanda Quick)
  2. White Lies, 2007 (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
  3. Sizzle & Burn, 2007 (as JAK)
  4. The Third Circle, 2008 (as AQ)
  5. Running Hot, 2008 (as JAK)
  6. The Perfect Poison, 2009 (as AQ)
  7. Fired Up [Dreamlight Trilogy-1], 2009 (as JAK)
  8. Burning Lamp [Dreamlight Trilogy-2], 2010 (as AQ)
  9. Midnight Crystal [Dreamlight Trilogy-3], 2010 (as Jayne Castle)
  10. In Too Deep [Looking Glass Trilogy-1], 2011 (as JAK)
  11. Quicksilver [Looking Glass Trilogy-2], 2011 (as AQ)
  12. Canyons of the Night [Looking Glass Trilogy-3], 2011 (as JC)
  • Scargill Cove Case Files, 2011 (as JAK)

As Jayne Castle[edit]

Category romance[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Double Dealing, 1984
  • Trading Secrets, 1985

Guinevere Jones series[edit]

  1. The Desperate Game, 1986, reissued digitally and in audio August 2012
  2. The Chilling Deception, 1986, reissued digitally and in audio August 2012
  3. The Sinister Touch, 1986, reissued digitally and in audio August 2012
  4. The Fatal Fortune, 1986, reissued digitally and in audio August 2012
  5. Desperate and Deceptive: The Guinevere Jones Collection Volume 1, 2014 [Collects The Desperate Game & The Chilling Deception]
  6. Sinister and Fatal: The Guinevere Jones Collection Volume 2, 2014 [Collects The Sinister Touch & The Fatal Fortune]

Curtain Worlds[edit]

Futuristic World of St. Helen's Novels[edit]
  1. Amaryllis, 1996
  2. Zinnia, 1997
  3. Orchid, 1998
Futuristic World of Harmony[edit]
Ghost Hunter Novels[edit]
  1. "Bridal Jitters" in Charmed (1999) and Harmony (2000)
  2. After Dark, 2000 and in Harmony (2000)
  3. After Glow, 2004
  4. Ghost Hunter, 2006
  5. Silver Master, 2007 (First mention of Arcane Society on Harmony)
  6. Dark Light, 2008
  7. Obsidian Prey, 2009 (ties-in with Arcane Society series)
Rainshadow Novels[edit]
  1. The Lost Night, 2012 (Connected to Crystal Gardens)
  2. Deception Cove, 2013
  3. The Hot Zone, 2014
  4. Siren's Call, 2015
Illusion Town Novels[edit]
  1. Illusion Town, 2016

Arcane Society Novels[edit]

The Dreamlight Trilogy[edit]
  1. Fired Up, 2009 (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
  2. Burning Lamp, 2010 (as Amanda Quick)
  3. Midnight Crystal, 2010
The Looking Glass Trilogy[edit]
  1. In Too Deep, 2010 (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
  2. Quicksilver, 2011 (as Amanda Quick)
  3. Canyons of Night, 2011 (introduces Rainshadow Island)

As Jayne Taylor[edit]

Category romance[edit]

  • Whirlwind Courtship, 1979

As Jayne Bentley[edit]

Category romance[edit]

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

As Stephanie James[edit]

Category romance[edit]

  • A Passionate Business1981
  • Corporate Affair, 1982
  • Dangerous Magic, 1982
  • Lover in Pursuit, 1982
  • Reckless Passion, 1982
  • Renaissance Man, 1982
  • Stormy 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 (Re-issued 2013 Ebook under the author name of Jayne Ann Krentz)
  • Serpent in Paradise, 1983 (Re-issued 2013 Ebook under the author name of Jayne Ann Krentz)
  • 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
  • Dangerous Affair, 2004 (Re-issue of "Affair of Honor" and "Dangerous Magic" under the author name of Jayne Ann Krentz)
  • Wildest Dreams, 2013 (Re-issue of Renaissance Man and Velvet Touch under the author name of Jayne Ann Krentz)
  • Reckless Nights, 2013 (Re-issue of Stormy Challenge and Reckless Passion under the author name of Jayne Ann Krentz)
  • Ruthless Love, 2014 (Re-issue of Corporate Affair and Lover in Pursuit under the author name of Jayne Ann Krentz)

Colter Novels[edit]

  1. Fabulous Beast, 1984
  2. The Devil to Pay, 1985

As Jayne Ann Krentz[edit]

Category romance[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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
  • Falling Awake, 2004
  • No Going Back, 2004
  • All Night Long, 2005
  • River Road, 2014
  • Trust No One, 2015
  • Secret Sisters, 2015
  • When All the Girls Have Gone, November 29, 2016

Lost Colony Novels[edit]

  1. Crystal Flame, 1986
  2. Sweet Starfire, 1986
  3. Shield's Lady, 1989 (originally published as Amanda Glass, reissued under Jayne Ann Krentz)

Dreams Duology[edit]

  1. Dream, Part One, 1988
  2. Dream, Part Two, 1988
  • Shared Dream, 1992 (Collects Dream Part 1 & 2)
  • Dreams: Parts 1 and 2, 2013 (kindle re-release)

Gifts Duology[edit]

  1. Gift of Gold, 1988
  2. Gift of Fire, 1989

Ladies and Legend Novels[edit]

  1. The Pirate, 1990
  2. The Adventurer, 1990
  3. The Cowboy, 1990

Eclipse Bay Trilogy[edit]

  1. Eclipse Bay, 2000
  2. Dawn in Eclipse Bay, 2001
  3. A Summer in Eclipse Bay, 2002
  • Together in Eclipse Bay, 2003 (Collects all three books)

Whispering Springs Novels[edit]

  1. Light in Shadow, 2003
  2. Truth or Dare, 2004

Arcane Society Novels[edit]

  • White Lies (Book 2), 2007
  • Sizzle and Burn (Book 3), 2008
  • Running Hot (Book 5), 2008 (ties-in with Eclipse Bay series)
The Dreamlight Trilogy[edit]
  1. Fired Up, 2009
  2. Burning lamp, 2010 (as Amanda Quick)
  3. Midnight Crystal, 2010 (as Jayne Castle)
The Looking Glass Trilogy[edit]
  1. In Too Deep, 2010
  2. Quicksilver, 2011 (as Amanda Quick)
  3. Canyons of Night, 2011 (as Jayne Castle)

Dark Legacy Novels[edit]

  1. Copper Beach, 2012
  2. Dream Eyes, 2013


  • Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance (also edited)

As Amanda Glass[edit]

Lost Colony Novels[edit]

  1. Crystal Flame, 1986 (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
  2. Sweet Starfire, 1986 (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
  3. Shield's Lady, 1989 (reissued under Jayne Ann Krentz)

As Amanda Quick[edit]

Stand-alone novels[edit]

  • Seduction, 1990
  • Surrender, 1990
  • Scandal, 1991
  • Rendezvous, 1991
  • Ravished, 1992
  • Reckless, 1992
  • Dangerous, 1993
  • Deception, 1993
  • Desire, 1993
  • Mistress, 1994
  • Mystique, 1995
  • Mischief, 1996
  • Affair, 1997
  • The Paid Companion, 2004
  • Wait Until Midnight, 2005
  • The River Knows, 2007
  • Otherwise Engaged, 2014
  • Garden of Lies, 2015
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part, 2016
  • The Girl Who Knew Too Much, May 9, 2017

Vanza Novels[edit]

  1. With This Ring, 1998
  2. I Thee Wed, 1999
  3. Wicked Widow, 2000
  4. Lie by Moonlight, 2005

Lake & March Trilogy[edit]

  1. Slightly Shady, 2001
  2. Don't Look Back, 2002
  3. Late for the Wedding, 2003

Arcane Society Novels[edit]

  • Second Sight (Book 1), 1999
  • The Third Circle (Book 4), 2008
  • The Perfect Poison (Book 6), 2009
The Dreamlight Trilogy[edit]
  1. Fired Up, 2009 (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
  2. Burning Lamp, 2010
  3. Midnight Crystal, 2010 (as Jayne Castle)
The Looking Glass Trilogy[edit]
  1. In Too Deep, 2010 (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
  2. Quicksilver, 2011
  3. Canyons of Night, 2011 (as Jayne Castle)
  • Also See Jayne Ann Krentz and Jayne Castle for More Arcane Society Novels

Ladies of Lantern Street Novels[edit]

  1. Crystal Gardens, 2012
  2. The Mystery Woman, 2013


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  4. ^ "Interview with Jayne Ann Krentz". A Romance Review. January 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
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