|Alma mater||Vassar College
University of York
She was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey. She is the granddaughter of the late Robert F. Goheen, the 16th president of Princeton University and former United States Ambassador to India and is also the great great granddaughter of Sir James Caruthers Rhea Ewing (1854-1925), distinguished Presbyterian missionary educator in what is now Pakistan. Crane graduated from Vassar College, and has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature from the University of York in York, England. She is married to Jeff Johnson, the American comic book artist, animator, and one of the founders of the original Drink and Draw Social Club.
Crane is the author of more than forty novels.
Chick lit and Women's fiction
- English as a Second Language was published by Warner Books in 2004.
- Everyone Else's Girl was published by Warner Books' 5 Spot imprint in 2005.
- Frenemies was a Book Sense Notable in July 2007. It was also nominated for an RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award in Chick Lit for 2007.
- Names My Sisters Call Me was published by Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books) in 2008.
- I Love the 80s, was published by Quercus Books in the UK in March 2011 and Once More With Feeling came out from Quercus in December 2012. Both of these books were released for the North American market by Tule Publishing in 2014.
- Tempt Me, Cowboy was published in September 2013, the first novella in the Copper Mountain Rodeo series, the flagship e-book project from Tule Publishing's Montana Born imprint.
- A Game of Brides was published in May 2014 as part of the Montana Born Brides series, and was nominated for the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA Award in 2015.
- Please Me, Cowboy was published in September 2014 as part of the Montana Born Rodeo series.
- Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy was published in November 2014 as part of the Montana Born Christmas series.
- In Bed with the Bachelor was published in March 2015 as part of the Montana Born Bachelor Auction series.
- Make You Burn (due out August 2015) Book One in the Deacons of Bourbon Street series featuring multiple authors, from Loveswept, a division of Random House
She has also written a number of work-for-hire young adult novels under different names, but does not reveal their titles. The first of these hit the New York Times Bestseller list in 2005.
Crane also writes romance novels for Harlequin Presents, a category romance line of Harlequin, under the pseudonym "Caitlin Crews".
Her debut, Pure Princess, Bartered Bride, was published in February 2010, debuting on the USA Today Bestseller List at #112.
Subsequent novels for Presents include:
- Majesty, Mistress...Missing Heir (October 2010 in North America; May 2010 in the UK)
- Katrakis's Last Mistress (September 2010 in the UK; published as Katrakis's Sweet Prize in North America in March 2011)
- Princess from the Past (February 2011 in the UK; February 2012 in North America where the book debuted on the USA Today Bestseller List at #89)
- The Shameless Playboy (May 2011 in the UK; published as The Disgraced Playboy in North America in August 2011)
- The Replacement Wife (August 2011 in the UK; June 2012 in North America)
- Heiress Behind the Headlines (October 2011 in the UK; October 2012 in North America)
- The Man Behind the Scars (June 2012 in the UK; August 2012 in North America)
- In Defiance of Duty (June 2012 in the UK; available in e-book in North America)
- A Devil In Disguise (November 2012 in the UK; available as part of a 2in1 with Not Just The Boss's Plaything in December 2013 )
- No More Sweet Surrender (February 2013 in UK and US), which was nominated for an RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award in Harlequin Presents for 2013.
- A Royal Without Rules (August 2013 in UK and US), which was nominated for the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA Award in 2014.
- A Scandal in the Headlines (August 2013 in the UK; November 2013 in North America), which was nominated for an RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award in Harlequin Presents for 2013.
- Not Just The Boss's Plaything (December 2013)
- Scandalize Me (June 2014), Book Two in the trade paperback Fifth Avenue Trilogy featuring three different authors
- Undone By the Sultan's Touch (August 2014), which was accorded the rare 4 1/2 Gold rating meaning: "Phenomenal. In a class by itself." by RT Book Reviews and was also nominated for an RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award in Harlequin Presents for 2014.
- His For a Price (October 2014), Book One in the Vows of Convenience series
- His For Revenge (December 2014), Book Two in the Vows of Convenience series
- At the Count's Bidding (February 2015)
- Greek's Last Redemption (due out May 2015)
- Protected the Desert Heir (due out June 2015) Book One in the Scandalous Sheikh Brides series
- The Billionaire's Innocent (due out June 2015 in serialized chunk; July 2015 in full) Book Three in the Forbidden Trilogy featuring three different authors
- Traded to the Desert Sheikh (due out September 2015) Book Two in the Scandalous Sheikh Brides series
- Unwrapping the Castelli Secret (due out November 2015)
Her novella "The Reluctant Queen" appears in an anthology called A Royal Engagement (April 2011 in the UK as part of an anthology called A Royal Wedding; November 2011 in North America). She has also written a number of short stories for Presents, including "His Christmas Captive" (2011), "His Wife by Christmas" (2013), and "Strangers in the Sauna" (2014).
In addition to writing books, Crane has taught creative writing courses online at mediabistro and at the prestigious UCLA Extension Writers' Program. She has also contributed essays to It's a Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths About Life in Your Twenties, edited by Emily Franklin and Everything I Needed To Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume, edited by Jennifer O'Connell.
- "Megan Crane, Jeffrey Johnson", The New York Times, March 16, 2008. Accessed October 4, 2008.
- Marshall, John. "Chick lit is alive and well in Megan Crane's latest novel, 'Frenemies'", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 28, 2007. Accessed October 4, 2008.