Yes, I write under two names. But no matter the name, the story is always all 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 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 90 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 read somewhere that you write Young Adult?
(It was probably Wikipedia.)
I wrote six young adult novels and one young adult novella a while back. But these were all work-for-hire projects, which means my name isn’t on them and I can’t tell you what they are. I can tell you that the first one I wrote hit the New York Times bestseller list, which was fun, if secretive fun. And that I got to play around in worlds that I didn’t entirely build from scratch myself, which I found a fascinating sort of writing exercise.
Maybe someday I’ll write some books in this genre under my own name. You never know!
How did you go from writing Chick Lit to Romance?
You can actually read the book I wrote that bridged the two!
After I wrote my chick lit novels and before it even occurred to me to try to write straight romance, I wrote a weird book about a woman who travels back in time to 1987 to meet the man of her teenage dreams, rock star Tommy Seer. I Love the 80s is my hybrid book, falling somewhere between the two. I’m always going to love it, though I think the fact that it’s a little bit chick lit and a little bit romance is obvious– and maybe its weakness as much as its strength? Your call.
Why do you write run-on sentences?
I do write complicated sentences sometimes, because I like them. And because that’s part of my voice. It’s how I talk, so it’s how I write. How I build worlds and how I play with words, which is the most fun part of my job!
But I promise you, though there could always be a rare mistake because everyone makes mistakes sometimes, my sentences are grammatically correct.
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)