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.
Why do you write under two names?
I’m a Gemini. I like duality.
Also, when I started writing Harlequin Presents my other writing was still considered Chick Lit.
Yes, it was that long ago.
For a whole host of reasons, 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. I think it makes sense to keep them under the Caitlin Crews banner.
Everything else I do, you can find under Megan Crane, which has the bonus feature of actually being the name I answer to in public! Try it next time you see me.
I answer to Caitlin too, but sometimes it takes me a minute.
I read Make You Burn and it never told me what happened to Priest! Why would you do that?
I didn’t! I promise! You just have to keep reading to find out what happens!
The Deacons of Bourbon Street series was conceived as a four book series. That means that while there’s a satisfying (and hot!) romance in each of the four books, the mystery arc spans all of them.
Yes, that means you need to read all four to get your answers, but I promise, the books are so good that won’t be a hardship!
Here are all four books:
Book One by Megan Crane: Make You Burn
Book Two by Rachael Johns: Fire Me Up
Book Three by Jackie Ashenden: Hold Me Down
Book Four by Maisey Yates: Strip You Bare
What TV shows do you watch?
I watch a lot of television, usually in great gluts on Netflix or wherever else I can stream shows because I really hate waiting a week to see the next episode.
(I really hate waiting, full stop.)
This means that I’m usually a season behind, which in turn means I’m forced to be vigilant about spoiler avoidance online. This is not easy!
But my comfort watching is always a good crime procedural. Cops, detectives, lawyers, whatever. I love them. Probably because all the issues are solved in an hour, nice and tidy, unlike whatever book I’m working on at the moment.
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)