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.
Can you read my book/critique my chapter/edit these pages for me?
I would love to! I love doing all those things! But you probably don’t want to ask me.
The reality is that I don’t have much free time, and so I guard what little I have very carefully and use it to read for pleasure. And hang out with the people I love, of course! But mostly read. And while I’m sure your writing is fantastic, if you ask me to read it in a professional capacity, that’s not going to be pleasure read for me but a work thing that I’ll do during my working hours. I break my working hours down into the big blocks of writing I have to do daily, the support-the-writing stuff I also have to do daily, and then anything else that fits in order of priority.
My friends get priority. So do any requests from my editors. Or contests I might have agreed to judge. That means that unless I know you, and feel connected to you in some way (and honestly, even then) it’s going to take me a long, long time to get around to reading your work. And when I do, I tend not to pull my punches when I give feedback. At all.
You might want to ask someone else, is all I’m saying.
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.
What’s the story behind Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy?
Back when Jane Porter decided to start the publishing company that would become Tule, the Founding Authors ( CJ Carmichael, Lilian Darcy, Jane and me) planned a trip to Montana to talk about this crazy idea. In the meantime, we all started working on our own projects. I started with this story. I’d written the whole first chapter and a little more by the time we met up in Montana, but once there we decided (it was CJ’s idea!) to focus our initial efforts on a series of novellas set at the Marietta rodeo. I didn’t write the rest of Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy until the fall of 2014. So while the story isn’t my first for Tule, that first chapter was!
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)