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.
Why don’t you write more essays?
I had a lot of fun writing the essays for It’s A Wonderful Lie and Everything I Needed to Know About Being A Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, but one of the things I learned while doing them was that I much prefer the veil of fiction. My chick lit books are written in the first person, which makes them feel as if they’re true and accurate accounts of a life that might be mine, but they’re not. I like it that way.
Update: Well, never say never. I got the opportunity to write a little essay about Paris, so there’s another nonfictional and unveiled story of mine to read in A Paris All Your Own. Because it’s a personal rule of mine that I never, ever, say no to Paris.
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
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 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)