Yes, I write under two names. But never fear, it’s me penning the story whether I’m wearing my Caitlin hat or my Megan hat.
When I started writing Harlequin Presents my other writing was still considered Chick Lit and I thought it made sense to make a clear distinction between the two kinds of stories I was telling. Time went on and I shifted more to romance, but still, Harlequin Presents are a very particular kind of love story and I think it makes sense to keep my Harlequins under the Caitlin Crews banner. Everything else I write is Megan Crane.
I discovered my first romance novel at the age of twelve in a bargain bin at the local five and dime. It involved swashbuckling pirates and grand adventures on the open sea, a heroine with a mind of her own, and a seriously mouthwatering, masterful hero who swept her away no matter how clever she was. I was immediately smitten with romance and all the romantic themes I could get my hands on, to the detriment of my middle school social life.
I had grand plans to star on Broadway – preferably in Evita, just like the great Patti LuPone, who I was lucky enough to see perform in New York City more than once as a child. Sadly, my inability to wow audiences with my singing voice required a back up plan, despite the fact that I have seen Les Miserables more than 15 times. Oddly, no one has asked me to play Eponine. Yet.
I launched myself into academics instead. This was not a good fit for someone who liked lounging about and reading books a lot more than dissecting them in classrooms, but did allow me to live in England for half a decade. As a result, I developed in a deep addiction to travel, and there are few things I love more than taking off on my next adventure, whether in real life or through my books.
But I always remember the many, many Saturdays I spent in badly-heated used book stores throughout the greater New York Metropolitan Area, stocking up on the romances of authors who are still auto buys all these years layer. I read romances everywhere, in public and private, in grad school and without shame, and I never hid the covers of the books from view. Because I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I believe in reading what we love, and I did. For some reason, it took me a while to figure out that I ought to write the books I’d loved the most.
Now I’m some 60 books in, I’m still a romance fanatic, and yes, I’m still plotting my Broadway debut.
If you are new to my books, try starting here.
I read that there were timeline issues in Devil’s Honor. Why can’t you fix that?
Because they don’t exist.
In the prologue, “five years ago,” we’re in Greeley’s point of view but Merritt explicitly states that she’s twenty-two years old. And Greeley spends some time thinking about how he really, really doesn’t want her to leave him to go to law school.
I think the confusion arises from the fact Merritt went off to college at eighteen. She visited here and there, as you do, and then spent that crucial summer in Lagrange before law school. The five years she was gone were three years in law school, then two more years in New York City working in that firm.
The timeline works, I promise!
Nikolai was the villain in No More Sweet Surrender! Why did you write him his own book (Not Just the Boss’s Plaything)?
Nikolai was a serious problem for me while I was writing Ivan’s story in No More Sweet Surrender. He kept taking over the book!
I was at a writing retreat in Tuscany (I know, rough life) and for some reason Nikolai Korovin was all I could think about. That would make more sense if he was Italian, but no, I was sitting in Italy with the coldest Russian hero imaginable on my mind. When I was supposed to be writing his brother’s story! Nikolai was supposed to be the bad guy and I had no plans to write about him at the time, but I found him fascinating.
Then, once No More Sweet Surrender came out, I started getting email about him. So many readers wrote to beg me to write his story! So I was thrilled that I got to tell it in Not Just the Boss’s Plaything – and get a chance to revisit Ivan and Miranda, too.
Besides, I think Alicia more than earned her happy ever after. She needed him!
Weren’t you supposed to be a professor?
I have some of the qualifications to be a professor, yes. Sometimes I even teach creative writing classes!
But the truth is that I went to graduate school because I wanted to spend my life reading and writing, and I thought academics were the way to do that. Which is true!
Academic engagement with texts, however, isn’t for me. I prefer squeeing like a fangirl and inarguably happy endings. I think it all worked out the way it should.
I love pictures. I take a lot of them.
It's not super new, but I'd still say all the same stuff on the subject of Frenemies:
And here are some other items of note:
- Caitlin discusses The Return of the Di Sione Wife with BookTrib.
- My Process (as Megan and Caitlin, on Conversations with Cupid)
- Action and Emotion (as Megan, with my husband Jeff, on the Nerd Out podcast)
- On Shame and the Romance Heroine (as Caitlin, on Dear Author)
- Falling in love with the Rodeo (as Megan, a guest on Jane Porter's blog)
- My Call Story (as Caitlin, from the iheartpresents blog)