Yes, I write under two names. But 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 it did allow me to live in England for half a decade, so I can’t complain.
Writing (and finishing!) my first book was a relief. And actually publishing that book was one of the greatest thrills of my life.
Now I’m some 80 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.
Do you read reviews? Even the bad ones?
Especially the bad ones!
If, as a writer, you can read an in-depth negative review of your work that lays out how the writing or story failed the reader and conclude that you wouldn’t change a single one of those things, I think that’s encouraging. That’s your voice – and you need to listen to your own voice and honor it.
And for every reader who hates what I do and lists the reasons why, there’s another who loves me for the exact same list of reasons. Reading is subjective, thank goodness!
Of course, there are bad reviews that are somewhat less inspiring, and we all have fragile days, but still. I think it’s all part of the fun.
What’s the difference between SERIES and CONNECTED STORIES?
If you regularly read Caitlin’s Harlequins, you’ll be familiar with books that are linked through brothers or other family members or settings, and sometimes include books by other authors. Megan’s Montana books have similar connections. You can read any book in these linked sets in any order, and the other(s) will only enhance what you already know, as there are rarely any plot lines that continue from book to book or require that readers read them in a certain order.
These are listed here as CONNECTED STORIES.
Megan’s Edge books are an example of a continuing series. You can read the books in any order you like, of course, but there are overarching plot lines and character developments that were planned out in a certain, chronological order. For continuity junkies, this means starting at book one and reading in order. (But you do you.)
These are listed here as SERIES.
I loved Hope from Everyone Else’s Girl! When are you going to write her a book?
I love Hope too! But Hope is a remarkably self-possessed woman. She’s not going to have the kind of journey her sister Meredith did. She was born knowing exactly who she is. I think we can all rest assured that Hope is perfectly happy out there, conquering the world in her inimitable way!
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)