Interview with Caren Crane

What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read a little of everything. I love romance and have lots of favorites, but I also love women's fiction, literary novels, mysteries, thrillers, carefully-curated Young Adult, memoirs, biographies, some non-fiction and historical novels. Did I mention that I love everything? I am also very curious and want to know ALL THE THINGS.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was captured in a journal I kept when I was 12. It was a very awkward, G-rated teen romance whose heroine looked a lot like me. It embarrassed me to read, so no one else ever saw it. It would be another 25 years before I showed any fiction I wrote to another person!
What is your writing process?
My writing process is far too lengthy and messy. I start with a character who catches my interest, usually because she is in a predicament. Then I marinate on that for days/months/years until I figure out what I want to use that predicament to say to readers. Sometimes the story flows easily, but often I get about 1/3 of the way through, decide it's not working and rewrite the whole thing. It's slow and maddening. I wish I had a better way, but having written 6 novels, half of another 12 novels and 4 novellas, I promise I haven't found a faster way. I've tried all the tricks!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Nashville, TN, in a very working class neighborhood. East Nashville is hilly, with windy streets that make no sense and are really hard to bike up and down. There were musicians and great music everywhere, but we didn't frequent the tourist places. It felt rather small town for a city, at least our part of it. I'm still friends with lots of people I grew up with and the mid-South was quite different from the Southeast, where I live now. But I am and always will be Southern, with all that entails. I write stories about Southern characters that are set in the South. It's what I know and love.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my readers! I am a character-driven writer, so I am fascinated by people. I love to meet and get to know a variety of people, because they are SO INTERESTING. The best part is, most people (like me) believe they are not at all interesting, but they are all unique and amazing. I love to hear from readers and encourage everyone to contact me. I just wish I could meet them all in person!
Published 2017-03-02.
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Books by This Author

Lakewood Confidential (A Cross Springs Novella)
Series: Cross Springs. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,720. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A desperate artist. A reclusive legend. A story no one knows. Tondra is struggling for attention on the New York art scene when a chance to ink notorious hip-hop legend Lakewood lands in her desperate hands. The reclusive rapper shares a part of his history he's never told anyone, forcing Tondra to choose between ensuring her own success and safeguarding Lakewood's secrets.
Cross Springs Scandal (A Cross Springs Novella)
Series: Cross Springs. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,600. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A married man. A forbidden romance. A scandal in the making. A corporate whistleblower has an unexpected affair with the attorney representing the company she works for. When she warns him someone is threatening to expose their affair to his wife, he has a heart attack and dies. She is left to face his wife, the community and the scandal they created. Then things really get interesting.
Introducing Red Door Reads - First Chapters
Price: Free! Words: 69,250. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2016 by Red Door Reads. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Historical
This Red Door Reads Sampler contains first chapters by best-selling authors - Renee Bernard, Jane Charles, Deborah Cooke, Caren Crane, Claudia Dain, Claire Delacroix, Susan Gee Heino, Lori Handeland, Jerrica Knight-Catania, Michelle Marcos, Deb Marlowe, D.M. Marlowe, Laura Scott and Ava Stone
Tiara Wars
Series: Cross Springs, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,100. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Katie's life was determined by the rules and expectations of others, everything from beauty pageant wins to community fundraising coups. When her husband dies unexpectedly and a past secret surfaces, Katie must face the fact that her life isn't quite what she—or anyone else—thought it was. She sets out to determine what she wants from life, which may just include a sexy Italian restaurateur.
Baby Steps
Series: Cross Springs, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,310. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Connie Burns never wanted a child…until she did. Her high-powered career and serious medical condition make her less than ideal mom material, but Connie is determined to prove to her husband, her doctor and herself she can succeed. A foster child with serious issues tests her maternal instincts and pushes her to change her life in ways she never expected, toward a future she never imagined.
Cross Springs In Bloom (A Cross Springs Novella)
Series: Cross Springs. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,190. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Cross Springs' biggest gossip, Mindy MacPherson, goes after a mysterious rose grower's secrets and encounters her lone one-night stand, Javier Morales Nieto. Mindy had only one regret from her night with Javier: that she didn't have the courage to face the morning after and see whether their feelings would last. With the Cross Springs flower show imminent, the heat gets turned up high and fast!
Kick Start
Series: Cross Springs, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,430. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Linda's life stalled out in the middle of her journey, leaving her with three kids, a large mortgage and an ancient minivan. It also left her with a few great friends and a pack of nosy neighbors. When Linda goes back to school, she finds purpose and an unexpected special someone. Someone the neighbors don't approve of. Life gets a bigger Kick Start than expected and Lin had best hang on tight!