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PCL MS 160 Jayne Ann Krentz Collection


The Jayne Ann Krentz Collection consists of 1/4 linear feet and contains many of her personal works, publicity materials, articles, an audio script, and personal accomplishments/awards. The collection centers on Jayne Ann Krentz’s mission to mainstream Romance Literature and Popular Fiction, literary forms that historically have been criticized for not being "realistic" and "meaningful." Krentz believes that Romance Literature should be mainstreamed into society as a study of ancient heroic virtues that celebrate the heroic aspects of both feminine and masculine genders and the healing power of love.

The collection was donated by Jayne Ann Krentz through a series of installments in 1997, 1999, and 2002. There are no restrictions placed upon the use of this collection for scholarly purposes. The collection is open for research; however, photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works authored by Jayne Ann Krentz . The collection was arranged and described by Annie Rose Land June 2013.

Biographical Sketch

Born March 28, 1948, Jayne Ann Castle (maiden name), Jayne Ann Krentz (married name) has authored 32 New York Times Bestsellers. There are over 23 million copies of her Romance books in print and she continues to write books to satisfy a variety of audiences. In 1970 she obtained her B.A. in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz and continued her education by obtaining a Masters in Library Science from San Jose State University. She worked as a librarian for several years in academic and corporate libraries before she decided to focus on her writing career. She has used 7 different pseudonyms during her writing career and 3 of those names she uses for specific genres of her writing. Amanda Quick is the name she uses while writing historical romantic-suspense, Jayne Ann Krentz is the name she uses while writing contemporary romantic-suspense, and Jayne Castle is the name she uses for futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense. She worked as the editor and contributor to a non-fiction essay collection Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance, a book published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. She has also participated as the keynote speaker at several conventions including, the Romance Writers of America, on the importance of the Romance genre. Among other awards, she has received the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminists Studies by the Women's Caucus of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association. She lives with her husband Frank Krentz in Seattle, Washington where she continues to write and advocate for Romance Literature.

Scope and Content

The Jayne Ann Krentz Collection provides the researcher with documentation of various works, acknowledgements, and accomplishments of Jayne Ann Krentz. From her own writings, presentations, and speeches, to publicity, articles, and book reviews, this collection provides a context that explores Jayne Ann Krentz's writing style and passion for her work. The collection consists of 4 Series: 1. Correspondence, 2. Literary Productions, 3. Scrapbooks and Scrapbook Materials, and 4. Printed Materials. Each series offers information about Jayne Ann Krentz's writing career. The researcher will find the collection useful for the study of Romance Literature as a conscientious exploration of masculine and feminine virtues and the power those virtues wield.

Series Description

Series 1: Correspondence
Susan Koppelman Award Letter
March 24, 1993
Contains the letter Jayne Ann Krentz received upon hearing that she had achieved the Susan Koppelman Award
Series 2: Literary Productions
Presentations and Speeches
Arranged chronologically
Contains transcripts from presentations and speeches
Published Materials/Articles
Arranged chronologically
Contains articles that Jayne Ann Krentz has had published
Affair Audio Script
Contains correspondence between Jayne Ann Krentz and Lisa Cahn of Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing concerning the script for the audio recording of Krentz’s novel, Affair, and a copy of the script
Series 3: Scrapbooks and Scrapbook Materials
Publicity and Media
Arranged chronologically
Consists of published materials that mention or reference Jayne Ann Krentz
Book Reviews
Arranged chronologically
Consists of various reviews of Jayne Ann Krentz’s novels
Series 4: Printed Material
Promotional Material (book jackets and covers)
Arranged chronologically according to year book was published
Consists of various book jackets and covers from Jayne Ann Krentz’s novels


Box 1
1 Presentations and Speeches 2000-2002
2 Published Materials/Articles 1993-1998
3 Publicity and Media 1992-1998
4 Book Reviews 1993-1998
5 Susan Koppelman Award Letter 1993
6 Promotional Material (book jackets and covers) 1985-1998
7 Affair Audio Script 1997