Yes, I write under two names. But never fear, no matter the name, the story is always mine.
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 having 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.
I had grand plans to star on Broadway – preferably in Evita, just like the great Patti LuPone. Sadly, my inability to wow audiences with my singing voice required a back up plan, so 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, so I can’t complain.
But writing my first book was a relief. And actually publishing that book was one of the greatest thrills of my life.
Now I’m some 75 books in, I’m still a romance fanatic, and yes, I’m still plotting my Broadway debut.
If you’re new to my books, try starting here.
I hate Jessa from Majesty, Mistress…Missing Heir. I hate the ending. Why did you do that?
But here’s a short and (warning!) spoilery answer:
I think that adopted families are just as real as blood families. I don’t think blood parents should be able to show up and change their minds years later, no matter if their circumstances have changed, because I don’t think that’s fair to the child. I loved that while Jessa and Tariq had to live with the consequences of the choices they made the first time around, they would always know that their child was loved and treasured and taken care of… and they could see this with their own eyes!
In my mind, there are no secrets in the family after a few years, and that means little Jeremy has two sets of adults who love him. I can’t think of a happier ending.
You grew up in New Jersey. Does that make Everyone Else’s Girl autobiographical?
Though my father does keep a whole lot of fish in the basement.
Where do you work?
I do most of my work at home, in my office, in my pajamas. Living the un-showered, no make-up, best-commute-in-the-world dream.
Of course, my neighbors and the UPS man think I’m a lunatic shut-in, but you can’t have everything.
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)