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.
Are the Fifth Avenue and Forbidden series linked?
Some characters who first appear in the Fifth Avenue books have their own stories told in the Forbidden books. You could read all seven books (including Take Me, the prequel novella) in a row, or you could read only Fifth Avenue/only Forbidden, or you could even read individual books without reading the others. But there’s definitely an arc to all seven, if you choose to read them in order!
The Fifth Avenue series:
Prequel novella by Maisey Yates: Take Me
Book One by Maisey Yates: Avenge Me
Book Two by Caitlin Crews: Scandalize Me
Book Three by Kate Hewitt: Expose Me
All four books are also available in a handy box set.
The Forbidden series:
Book One by Maisey Yates: The Billionaire’s Intern
Book Two by Kate Hewitt: The Billionaire’s Fantasy
Book Three by Caitlin Crews: The Billionaire’s Innocent
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.
What would you do if you weren’t writing?
I’d like to roam about the planet, taking pictures and marinating in everything I see, preferably in the company of my favorite fellow adventurer.
Honestly? That sounds like bliss.
(And also like my favorite vacations.)
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)