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.
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!
What’s your favorite book of the ones you’ve written?
I won’t say I love all my books the same, because I don’t, but my feelings about them are complicated.
Some books I love while I’m thinking about them in advance. Some books I love while I’m writing them. Some books are pure torture all the way through, and I only have fond feelings for them when they’re in my hands. Some books I will hate forever, and other books make me grin for no apparent reason.
But I’d never want to weight a reader’s experience of a book one way or the other, so I don’t want to say which is which.
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!
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)