- Where can I find a Jones Family Tree?
- Whatever happened to VIRTUE, the book that was announced at the end of the first edition of SCANDAL?
- Who owns the rights to the MacFaddens? Is there any possibility that they can be re-released?
- Will your Candlelights/the Guinevere Jones series/Saxon’s Lady etc. ever be re-released?
- Who makes the decision about reprints?
- Are you going to write a sequel to Shields Lady?
- Your heroines’ names are almost always unusual, and frequently “old-fashioned.” How do you decide on a name for a character?
- How do you get the ideas for your stories?
- What is your writing process?
- Will you ever write sequels to some of your older books such as SEDUCTION and SHIELD’s LADY?
- Can I get a list of your connected titles?
- What are the Arcane Society novels?
- When is your next book coming out?
Q: Whatever happened to VIRTUE, the book that was announced at the end of the first edition of SCANDAL?
The book was retitled before publication and became RENDEZVOUS. The publisher’s sales force didn’t think a title like VIRTUE would sell!
Q: Who owns the rights to the McFaddens? Is there any possibility that they can be re-released?
I appreciate the interest in my old books, really, I do. But at this point in my career, I prefer to concentrate on my new books. I own the rights to the McFaddens but I have no immediate plans to re-release them. I’ve already got a lot of books floating around out there! I’ll probably do something special with the old stuff eventually but it won’t be for a long time.
Q: Will your Candlelights/the Guinevere Jones series/Saxon’s Lady etc. ever be re-released?
I own the rights to the Candlelights and the Guinevere Jones books and, like the McFaddens, may do something with them someday, but not in the near-term. I’ve simply got too many other things going on right now. Silhouette (Harlequin) owns the rights to Saxon’s Lady. I don’t know what their plans are. Thanks for the interest.
Q: Who makes the decision about reprints?
When a publisher controls the rights to a book, it makes the decision about reprinting it. When a writer controls those rights, she has to sell them to a publisher in order to get the book back into print. Hope that’s clear.
Q: Are you going to write a sequel to Shields Lady and let us know about Gryph and Sariana’s daughter and whether the Shields managed to integrate into society?
I don’t plan to do any sequels to Shield’s Lady, but, if you like the paranormal-futuristic stuff, look for my Jayne Castle titles. You might also like The Arcane Society novels as they feature a strong psychic/paranormal twist. (See below for more information).
Q: Your heroines’ names are almost always unusual, and frequently “old-fashioned.” How do you decide on a name for a character?
Names have to fit characters. As a writer you get a “feel” for a
character when you finally choose the name. It’s getting harder to come
up with new, fresh names because I’ve already used a lot of the ones I
love. (In fact, I sometimes re-use the really good names). I’ve got a
whole shelf full of “name the baby” books! Obituary columns are great
places to look for interesting names.
Q: How do you get the ideas for your stories?
I honestly don’t know how I get my ideas. They just come. All I can
tell you is that the hard part is not coming up with ideas; it’s turning
them off for a while!
Q: Can you take us through your writing process? How does a story evolve for you?
I doubt if any writer can really explain the process of writing. I
can tell you that, for me, it is a compulsion; a drive — an addiction,
really. I need to write. It took me six years to get published and
during that period I told myself over and over again that it was
hopeles; that I should give it up and concentrate on my real career (I
was a librarian). But no matter how hard I tried, I could not bring
myself to quit. So, for six years I got up at four in the morning to
write before I left the house to go to work. I wrote on weekends and in
the evenings. All I can tell you about writing is that, if you want to
do it badly enough, you do it.
I can tell you something about my daily schedule, however. I go to
work at seven in the morning and write until noon. I take a break for
lunch and then go back to work until two or three. When I’m done I might
do some shopping or hit some bookstores. After I quit for the day, I do
an hour of aerobics and some light weights. Then I cook dinner for
Frank and myself (I love to cook!). After dinner, I make some notes
about what I will write the next day.
Q: Will you ever write sequels to some of your older books such as SEDUCTION and SHIELD’S LADY?
I have no plans to revisit any of my older books. I’m too busy writing my new ones! But if you like series books check out my ECLIPSE BAY trilogy. The third and last book in that series will be out in May 2002. Also try SLIGHTLY SHADY (written as Amanda Quick) and LIGHT IN SHADOW (JAK, out in Jan. 2003). Both titles are romantic-suspense. Each is the first books in a series.
Q: Can I get a list of your connected titles?
You’ll find a list of all my linked and series books by clicking on “All Book Lists”. When the menu appears, choose “Linked Books List”
Q: What are the Arcane Society novels?
This is a new series of romantic-thrillers featuring the adventures of various members of The Arcane Society. The Society is an organization devoted to the study and research of the paranormal. This series will cross over into all three of my worlds: Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz and Jayne Castle.
The first book in the series is my Amanda Quick title, SECOND SIGHT (May 2006). The second book is my Jayne Ann Krentz title: WHITE LIES (January 2007).
Q: When is your next book coming out?
Check the Upcoming Releases section under Book Lists on my home page. Also, if you’d like to receive a reminder when my books arrive in stores, feel free to sign up for my email newsletter. You can do that at my home page.
Q: Where can I find a Jones Family Tree?
There isn’t one. Sylvester had many children with several different women and with so many resulting Joneses, I’m afraid any kind of attempt at a family tree would be a tangled mess! (For my own reference, I keep a card file in my office.)