Jennifer Jaynes is the bestselling suspense novelist who died at the age of 47 on November 25.
Jaynes’ tragic passing was announced in a heartbreaking Facebook post from her boyfriend Burke Bryant. On November 28, Bryan wrote, “It comes with deep sadness to announce the loss of my loving girlfriend Jennifer Jaynes on the 25th of November 2019. She will be missed more than words can ever convey.
“An incredible woman with a heart the size of the universe, she always talked lovingly about her readers, fans and friends and looked forward to hearing from you all. We would often stay up late sending out books to those that wanted to read her novels, yet lacked the finances to buy (she’d send her books to them regardless). She will be missed, loved and always remembered.
“Let’s celebrate the life of this wonderful woman, by remembering the love, warmth and care she gave to us all.”
According to Jaynes’ Facebook page, she was the mother to 5-year-old twin boys. On that page, Jaynes discussed her various different careers. They included, “a gas station attendant, waitress, dancing waitress, beer girl, shot girl, bartender, closing coordinator, executive assistant, medical assistant, EMT, content manager, webmaster, news publisher, editor, copywriter, weight loss coach and publishing consultant.”
Jaynes was a graduate of Old Dominion University, where she attained a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. Jaynes also had a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Despite her different jobs, Jaynes said that her dream was to become a novelist. In 2011, Jaynes published her first book, “Never Smile at Strangers.” Jaynes said the book achieved a place on USA Today’s Bestseller’s list as well as the number one position on Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s e-book charts.
The book was re-released by Thomas & Mercer in January 2015, which was followed by Jaynes’ second book, “Ugly Young Thing” in March 2015. A third novel, “Don’t Say a Word” came in May 2016, which was followed by “The Stranger Inside” in May 2017.