Frenemies is Megan Crane's latest novel, a book about watching your back. Here are the raves:
“Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and FRENEMIES right on your nightstand. This is a book you won’t be able to put down until you get to the last page. Megan Crane spins a compelling story about the hazards of life, love, and friendship.”
—Cara Lockwood, national bestselling author of I Do, But I Don’t
“Megan Crane’s smooth, skillfully crafted tale will make you feel like a member of this tight, realistic, and hilarious circle of friends, while Gus’ boyfriend woes bring on pangs of remembered heartbreak. FRENEMIES is the ultimate girlfriend book!”
—Berta Platas, author of Cinderella Lopez
“FRENEMIES starts out frothy and fun as-all-get-out, but ends with its main character, twenty-nine-year-old Gus Curtis gaining a wise and insightful perspective as she reaches her thirtieth birthday. Crane offers an illuminating and extremely entertaining portrait of a woman who makes the leap from drama queen to mature adult.”
—Karin Gillespie, author of Bet Your Bottom Dollar
Here's our conversation:
1. If I had to offer two bumper sticker explanations for my novel, they’d be “Appearances are deceiving” and “Mean people suck.” Tell me what your slogans would be, and why.
The first would be: KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE AND YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER and the second might be KNOW THE DIFFERENCE. Because it's not always easy to tell, and that's where all the drama comes from!
2. Your two favorite movies over the past twelve months and why?
I loved Stranger Than Fiction. What a perfect little gem of a movie, all about writing and characterization... I loved it. And I still can't get enough of 300. Do I really need to explain why? Or can I just conjure up the image of Gerard Butler in a loin cloth, bellowing "Spartans! Prepare for glory!" Ah, bliss....
3. What was the one thing you learned in getting your book published that you were really surprised to find out?
I am still outraged that the advance is, in fact, money the publisher has to recoup before paying me any royalties. I always thought of it as a lovely little gift. Kind of like a lottery ticket.
4. If you had to pick one and only one condition (beyond computer or pen and paper) that would allow you to write would it be: a. solitude b. caffiene c. sleep d. food e. sex or f. ______.
Solitude, definitely. I need to think, dream, loaf, and then write, and all of those things are better done alone.
5. Do you have a favorite genre? If so, who are your three favorite writers? If not, who are your three favorite writers and how have they influenced your work?
I love almost all genres that can be gathered under the umbrella of "stuff written by women." I also love a great deal of "stuff written by men." So no particular favorite genre, I don't think. I like thrillers, romantic suspense, chick lit, women's fiction, literary fiction, nonfiction essays, poetry, romantic comedies, straight prose... I will read anything that has a good story, that compels me to keep turning the pages. In dire circumstances this might be an in-flight magazine, but usually, it's a good book.