Mystery and crime novel author J.A. Jance goes by her initials because she was once told by a publisher that if people knew she was a woman, it would be a liability to her books about a male detective. The New York Times-bestselling author is known for her three character series — J.P. Beaumont, Joanna Brady, and Ali Reynolds — each containing more than a dozen installments. Born in South Dakota, Jance now splits her time between Arizona, where Joanna Brady is set, and Seattle, where J.P. Beaumont is set. Jance is reading in Spokane from her newest installment in the Joanna Brady series, Remains of Innocence. She’ll also sign copies of her work following the event.