On Jan. 7 at 4:30 p.m., Pender County Library’s Virtual Adult Book Club will host Best-selling Author Jayne Ann Krentz for an online discussion of her works. During this 90-minute event, there will be open discussion of the author’s works across her various pseudonyms, and in the later half of the meeting, the author herself will be joining for an open Q&A session.

Jayne Ann Krentz, also known as Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, has been a New York Times best-selling author 32 times, and has sold more than 23 million copies of her books worldwide Krentz uses a different pen name depending on whether the novel is set in the past, present, or future: as Amanda Quick, she writes historical romantic-suspense novels; as Jayne Ann Krentz, she writes contemporary romantic-suspense; and when using her maiden name, Jayne Castle, she writes futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense. When asked about her variety of pen names, Krentz states that “this way readers always know which of my three worlds they will be entering when they pick up one of my books.”

In addition to her prolific career as an author of fiction, Krentz both edited and contributed to a nonfiction essay collection, Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Krentz earned a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a master’s degree in library science from San Jose State University in California. Prior to writing full time, Krentz worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries.

Register online at bit.ly/pcl0107, or go to the library’s website, https://penderpubliclibrary.org, and follow the links under “Events.” You can also call the library and staff will take your registration by phone. The event will be hosted on Zoom. There is no need to have a Zoom account; just click the link provided in the confirmation email and follow the prompts to download Zoom. The talk can be viewed on smartphone, tablet, or computer. Registration is required.

For more information or assistance, call Pender County Library at 910-259-1234 (Burgaw) or 910-270-4603 (Hampstead) during regular business hours.

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