Jayne Ann Krentz’s books and her those of her pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle are auto-buys for me. I was delighted to join in on her 12 Days of Bookmas Event in celebration of her newest release WHEN ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE. Grab a cup of cocoa and read as Krentz answers a question asked by fans. Be sure and enter Caffeinated’s giveaway to win a paperback copy of GARDEN OF LIES.
TWELVE DAYS OF BOOKMAS by Jayne Ann Krentz
In which I answer the twelve questions that I am most frequently asked and recommend a book for that hard-to-buy-for person on your holiday list.
Tenth Day of Bookmas
Question # 10: What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
- FIND YOUR VOICE: Your writing voice is everything. Find it. Guard it. Hone it. Believe in it because there will be times in your career when you are the only one who does. Your voice is what sets you apart from every other writer in the known universe.
- DISCOVER YOUR CORE STORY: Yes, every author has one. You will spend your career exploring it. Your core story is defined by the themes, conflicts and worldviews that call to you – not a particular fictional landscape. Once you know your core story you can take it almost anywhere in the market.
- KNOW THE MARKET: The only way to do this is by reading widely in the various sub-genres of your chosen genre. And, yes, this goes for Book Club fiction, memoires and non-fiction as well as mystery, suspense, romance, romantic-suspense, fantasy, science fiction, etc. In the end, they are all genres and they all have multiple subdivisions.
- CONSIDER JOINING A WRITER’S ORGANIZATION: Here in the Pacific Northwest we have the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. I can also recommend the Romance Writers of America – best writers association on the planet, regardless of your chosen genre. Ask your librarian for the names of other groups.
Day 10 Book Recommendation for Holiday Gifting:
Readers who read romance tend to read widely outside the genre – especially suspense. I certainly do. My brother, Jim, also likes suspense so I compared notes with him. If you’ve got a full-on suspense reader on your list Jim and I can recommend John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series. Sandford has a terrific storytelling voice. Latest title: ESCAPE CLAUSE (A Virgil Flowers Novel) by John Sandford
When All the Girls Have Gone
Jayne Ann Krentz, the New York Times bestselling author of Secret Sisters, delivers a thrilling novel of the deceptions we hide behind, the passions we surrender to, and the lengths we’ll go to for the truth…
When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her stepsister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one of her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished.
Beautiful, brilliant—and reckless—Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames—literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.
After surviving a near-fatal attack, Charlotte and Max turn to Jocelyn’s closest friends, women in a Seattle-based online investment club, for answers. But what they find is chilling…
When her uneasy alliance with Max turns into a full-blown affair, Charlotte has no choice but to trust him with her life. For the shadows of Jocelyn’s past are threatening to consume her—and anyone else who gets in their way…
One lucky US winner will receive the paperback editions of Garden of Lies thanks to Berkley @ Penguin Random House.
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