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All About Caren Crane

Caren Crane writes Southern-inflected women's fiction that often includes a romance. She loves to write about dysfunctional, crazy families like the ones she knows and loves. Apparently, editors in NYC don't know and love the same type crazy families, but she hopes they will one day!

In the meantime, she enjoys spending time with her mostly-grown children and her incredibly tolerant husband. She would love to say she enjoys spending time with her cat, Chaps, but he is a revolutionary and despises bourgeois displays of emotion. Let's say they have figured out how best to get along: she pretends she is deaf when he begins ranting about The Man and he pretends not to notice.


Caren's Fun Facts

Caren is the third of five children. You know, like Hugh (aka "Third of Five"), the Borg they rescued on Star Trek, The Next Generation. A lot like that, as a matter of fact...

 

Caren grew up in Nashville, TN, the "Home of Country Music" but she is not a fan of country music. Her theory is the old "familiarity breeds contempt" holds true on this one. When you're likely to run into a singer at the grocery store or while you're trick-or-treating on Halloween, it's hard to be a fan.



Cross Springs In Bloom WINNER!

Thanks to everyone for coming by to check out my launch party for my novella CROSS SPRINGS IN BLOOM. Don’t forget to go to Red Door Reads and enter the Who’s Ben Skrewd? contest. Such fun! The winner of an ebook copy of CROSS SPRINGS IN BLOOM is… MARCY SHULER!!! Marcy, contact me at carencrane AT gmail DOT com and let me know what ebook format you prefer. Thanks for playing, everyone!


“Who’s Ben Skrewd?”

A provocative question, wouldn’t you agree? Well, last summer a number of us Red Door Reads authors decided that we all knew “who’s Ben Skrewd,” though the encounter is different for each person. Which gave us the idea of creating a character named Ben Skrewd who could appear in a group of novellas linked by Ben and our iconic Red Door. Launching the novellas on Tax Day (April 15th in the U.S.) was an irony we couldn’t resist! Most of us were able to squeeze Ben into a novella in an ongoing series. My novella, Cross Springs In Bloom, takes
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Loving La Boheme

Those who visit with us often have heard me wax rhapsodic about melancholia. No matter the medium, I love a story with a bittersweet ending. Tragedies have been breaking our hearts since those ancient Greeks playwrights Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus first trotted actors out on stage. As a teenager, I adored Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies, but his tragedies appealed to my melancholic young heart. As an adult, I’ve come to appreciate a new form of heartbreak: opera. I grew up watching Bugs Bunny cartoons that featured Bugs and Elmer Fudd singing arias from famous operas. I thought opera must be
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