Bestselling author, Jenna Kernan, writes intense, gritty romantic suspense. Her current series, APACHE PROTECTORS from Harlequin Intrigue features strong Native American characters pitted against overwhelming odds. This year, 2016, she celebrates the release of her 25th book, HUNTER MOON, and her first RT TOP PICK for TRIBAL LAW.
She has penned over two dozen romances for Harlequin Historical, Nocturne and Intrigue series lines including two RITA Award nominees. Jenna is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Kiss of Death chapter and is a member of Mystery Writers of America.
Happily married to her college sweetheart, Jenna shares a love for the outdoors with her husband. The couple enjoys all types of treasure hunting and this pursuit has taken them to many remote locations. They have dredged for gold in rivers in North Carolina, Colorado and California, dug for diamonds in Arkansas, searched for sapphires in Montana, traveled by bush plane to the Brooks Mountain Range north of the Arctic Circle searching for gold nuggets and most recently screened for shark's teeth in a Southern river.
Jenna's first Western historical, WINTER WOMAN, was published in 2003 and was nominated for Best First Book for both the RITA and the HOLT Medallion. In 2007, she sold her first paranormal romance, DREAM STALKER, to Harlequin Nocturne. And in 2014, Jenna began writing romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue. In 2015, her APACHE PROTECTORS series hits shelves with the first of four romantic suspense novels beginning with SHADOW WOLF.
When not writing, Jenna loves discovering new places. She admits to a bad case of wanderlust and plans to wear out a good many pairs of shoes exploring. In addition to writing, traveling and treasure hunting, Jenna loves to scuba dive. Tamer pursuits include presenting workshops on the craft of writing, enjoying her family and friends and reading romances, of course!
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Thanks for visiting. You’ll find a little more about me here.
I grew up outside mostly. My childhood included an odd assortment of hobbies like target shooting, knife throwing, learning to spin a rope, mastering a unicycle and learning to ride a horse.
Animals? Oh, boy did we have animals. Mice, rats, dogs, horses, rabbits and a squirrel monkey. The unofficial temporary inhabitants included orange newts, snakes, birds, frogs, salamanders, fish, monarch butterflies and fireflies. I recall long summers, climbing trees, exploring the woods behind my house and running around barefoot. I learned to swim in a public pool so cold that I'm still shivering. In the winter I learned to ice skate on the local skating pond and invented a great leg winter workout that involved dragging sleds or toboggans up snowy hills before whizzing back down again.
Reading? -- Not really. I had my nose stuck under rocks and rotting logs a lot more often than I had them stuck in a book. But I did love stories especially the ones my mother read to me before bed. This may be why I still listen to my manuscripts while revising using a text-to-speech program.
I know what I’m doing with my stories, but there are some parts of this business I just don’t understand, like when my editor asked me if I wanted a flash on my cover. I told her I’d love a flash, can’t wait for a flash and oh, by the way, what is a flash exactly? It turns out to be a little emblem that helps readers ID a story as part of a series. Who knew?
I can write almost anywhere. I’m not one of those, the room must be silent, lavender scented, and candles must be burning kind of gal. I wrote in Alaska without electricity on a thing called an Alpha Smart that runs for hundreds of hours on two AA batteries. I’ve written on trains, in cars, in parks, at the beach, in the air, in hotel lobbies and in a locker room (don’t ask). I prefer my desk or my favorite chair and my laptop with a cup of coffee that is mostly decoration because I often forget to drink it.
Jenna signing books at Book Expo
This is the fun stuff, getting out and meeting readers and authors. Going to industry parties and lunching with editors and agents. I have to admit all these adventures feel a little like Cinderella time –you know, the hours between 8 and Midnight, which are not remotely like the other twenty hours of the day. But meeting my readers really is the best part. A close second are the desserts at industry parties.
Not Writing Life
I’m an outdoors kind of gal. So, if you can do it outside, I usually enjoy it, with the notable exception of golf (too organized and too frustrating) and skiing (too dangerous and too dangerous). I’ve always appreciated a good hole, whether it’s to crawl into, dig out of, search through or plant something in. Likewise I enjoy getting dirty.
Jenna mining for Herkimer
I like adventuring and seem to find ways to get out from behind the keyboard to explore. I’m a rock hound, fossil hunter and gold prospector. That hobby has taken me from the rivers of central Florida to the Brooks Mountain range in northern Alaska. What’s my best find? The fossilized alligator jaw and the bear tooth are ties for first in fossils. Gold prospecting has gleaned some nice nuggets one of which I wear on a chain for bragging rights. My best gemstone is a blue sapphire from Montana that is about a carat uncut.
Scuba diving is another hobby that I plan to do more of in the next few years. I prefer the Caribbean to breathing on a line from a gold dredge in muddy water but have done both.
Thanks for stopping by. And as always…enjoy the adventure!