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.
Are you going to write in [some other genre] or about [my favorite secondary character]?
Whether or not I write something depends on two things: if the story comes to me and if I have time to dig into it.
If I come up with an amazing story for something or someone, of course, I’ll try to find the time. Never say never!
Didn’t I already buy this Caitlin Crews book with a different cover?
Well, you might have.
One of the great things about Harlequin is that they are constantly putting my books out in different countries and repackaging them to appeal to more readers, but sometimes that means you might pick up a book you think is new when it’s not. I hate when this happens to me! I try to make sure to mention if something is a reprint, but unfortunately, I can’t promise I’ll always be on top of it.
- Read the excerpt and the cover copy to see if you’ve read it before.
- Look at the copyright date in the front of the book. If it’s not this year, it’s probably a reprint.
- Look at see where it appears here in chronological order. I put the newest books first!
Didn’t I read somewhere that you write Young Adult?
(It was probably Wikipedia.)
I wrote six young adult novels and one young adult novella a while back. But these were all work-for-hire projects, which means my name isn’t on them and I can’t tell you what they are. I can tell you that the first one I wrote hit the New York Times bestseller list, which was fun, if secretive fun. And that I got to play around in worlds that I didn’t entirely build from scratch myself, which I found a fascinating sort of writing exercise.
Maybe someday I’ll write some books in this genre under my own name. You never know!
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)