Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Jayne Ann Krentz Writing Arcane Society Micro-Novel on Twitter

Jayne Ann Krentz

In a press release issued this morning, New York Times bestselling novelist Jayne Ann Krentz brings one of her most popular characters, a gruff, brooding private investigator named Fallon Jones, to the cell phones and laptops of readers everywhere.

While looking for new methods of connecting with readers, Jayne Ann Krentz initially dismissed Twitter as a good way for her to keep in touch. "No one wants to hear 'Wandering into the kitchen for a cup of coffee' every day. I eat, I write, I sleep. I'm boring," she says.

But instead of writing about what she is doing, Jayne takes her tweets further and is publishing a micro-novel from the perspective of Fallon Jones, 140 characters at a time. Fallon's brusque style of communication makes him an ideal candidate for micro-blogging. Newcomers as well as long-time readers of the series will enjoy this new Arcane Society mystery. The Arcane Society is a clandestine organization dedicated to paranormal research that has existed since the late 1600s. It is currently locked in a secret battle with Nightshade, a conspiracy of rogue psychics.

"This is the latest version of the old-fashioned serialized novel," says Krentz, who also writes under the pen names of Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. "It's a challenge and a lot of fun to write. I'm really looking forward to hearing back from my readers as the story unfolds."

You can read the story, which began on July 4th and is expected to run through December, on Twitter by following @ArcaneSociety. The publication date of the seventh book in the Arcane Society series, Fired Up, is scheduled to coincide with the end of her Twitter micro-novel.

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