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Jayne Ann Krentz is COMING to our February Book Club!

There have been a couple times that we've had the honor of having authors at our Refined Reads book club. The amazing Laurie Frankel came to one of our first gatherings, and it was just a couple months ago that we sat down with the great Nancy Pearl.

Continuing in that vein, we are so excited to announce that New York Times bestselling author Jayne Anne Krentz will be joining us at our Refined Reads discussion on March 1, at 7 p.m. at the Seward Park Third Place Books.

Refined Reads discuss 'Promise Not To Tell' with Jayne Ann Krentz
7 p.m.
Third Place Books
5041 Wilson Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118

If you're a bit behind the ball, just a reminder that we're reading her newest book, 'Promise Not To Tell' this month. The book is a thrilling mystery, set right here in the Pacific Northwest.

So, ironically, is Krentz! The author lives here in Seattle with her husband - and chatted with us ahead of the discussion about her writing, this book and life in Seattle.

Seattle Refined: You are one of the most prolific writers out there! What is different about your writing timeline versus other authors, who may take years to write a book? Do you write faster? Do you never get writer's block? Do the ideas just keep flowing no matter what? Tell us your secret!
Jayne Anne Krentz: I write two books a year. So do a lot of other authors. Some write more. Some write fewer. Here's the thing - every author has a certain natural pace. It is what it is. In my case, once I start a story I become obsessed with it. The need to find out what is going to happen next takes over my life.

What is the quickest you've ever written a book?
3.5 months.

What is the longest you've ever taken to write a book?
4 months.

You write under three different pen names: Jayne Ann Krentz for contemporary romantic-suspense, Amanda Quick for historical romantic-suspense, and Jayne Castle for paranormal romantic-suspense. Tell us about the decision to use three different pen names. Do you consider them all "you"?
Yes, each of them is definitely "me". All I can tell you is that I never planned to end up with three pen names. Actually, there never was a plan. I just wanted to write my stories in three different fictional landscapes - contemporary, historical and futuristic. Turns out readers care about landscapes. A lot. Some prefer historical settings. Some want my contemporaries. Some love the futuristic/paranormal thing. I use the three names to let them know which one of my worlds they will be entering when they pick up one of my books.

Do you have a favorite to write under?
My favorite fictional world is always the one I'm in at the moment.

You could live anywhere - why Seattle?
My husband and I love Seattle. It's just a flat-out beautiful place. It also has the huge advantage of being one of the few cities in the nation where you don't need a car. We sold ours years ago.

Tell us your favorite part of 'Promise Not to Tell".
That would probably be the scene in which the hero and heroine meet each other. She's a sophisticated art gallery owner. He's a private investigator. They figure they have nothing in common. She tries to impress him with pretentious art talk. He comes right back with pretentious martial arts philosophy. Were these two made for each other or what?

What do you hope Seattleites will get out of reading this book, by a local - set in their city?
I tried to capture the high energy vibe of the city but also the fact that, in a lot of ways, this is still one small town.

Where do you do your best writing?
At home in my office.

As a Seattleite - we have to ask, how do you take your coffee?
Americano. Straight up. No milk. No sugar.