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Consider the open laptop in the front passenger seat a dead giveaway that relationships are being forged, plots thickened and love found, lost and found again, all thanks to the miracle of speech-to-text technology and the active imaginations of Yates and Crane. In an industry notorious for chewing up and spitting out dreamers in favor of doers, Yates and Crane, who also writes as Caitlin Crews, have made successful careers out of their shared passion by pumping out romances like some people visit their in-laws — at least once every month or two, no exceptions.
Crane has been equally busy. How do they keep that pace? Mostly by driving down scenic country ro toward Applegate Lake while dictating their novels.
Sometimes, they even see each other and wave, two novelists just stealing some scenery and paying the bills. It should come as no surprise that many of their books are set in idyllic small towns that bear more than a passing resemblance to some here in the Rogue Valley. Smoke from fires could handily halve business during the typical high season. Yates and Crane came to dictation for different reasons, though both somewhat desperate.
Yates was still in her 20s when she began experiencing painful carpel tunnel symptoms. The books were in her head; the trick was figuring out a way to get them on the. Right now. Crane saw the light only after falling so far behind on a book that she saw no other way to make her deadline. It was about five years ago that she first opened up her laptop and started talking out chapters. A perfectionist, Crane at first struggled with speeding through errors or plot holes, but the assembly line production convinced her.
The difference between transcribing a novel and typing it, she says, is not unlike the difference between typing and writing longhand. Yates was born in Medford and has lived in Southern Oregon her whole life — she attended Ruch Elementary. Crane was raised in New Jersey and lived in Los Angeles until a fateful road trip that took her through the Rogue Valley to visit Yates about six years ago.
She and her husband liked what they saw so much, they moved here shortly thereafter. Now, besides co-hosting a book club once a month at Rebel Heart Books in Jacksonville, Yates and Crane have written another book together. Each of the four authors involved took on roughly a quarter of the book, with Crane writing as Caitlin Crews. And what is that approach? For Yates and Crane, when it comes to the plotters versus pantsers question, both come down firmly in the pantsers camp — that is, they write by the seat of their pants, sans outlines.
The process Wanting my cowboy to Medford Oregon down with be a little more messy to get through as they texted and Zoomed their way through what-happens-when knots, but it got done. But you have some common themes. And often, those themes are explored against backdrops of quaint, out-of-the-way towns, lonely farmhouses and meandering dirt ro most Southern Oregonians would find familiar. And, of course, ranches. Yes, there are a lot of ranches in the Yates and Crane universes, and to scroll through the covers is to understand that most are populated by bronzed, buff hunks who most certainly have cobblestone abs underneath all that flannel and leather, Hollywood hair, and eyes with the gravitational pull of a collapsed star.
But both agree, you need a lot more than high cheekbones and steamy love scenes to keep romance readers coming back for more. To pull off that trick, Yates and Crane say you need to create real people surrounded by real problems. Then light the spark and stand back. Both authors throw darts at one common criticism of romance novels: happy endings.
So predictable, some may say. Strip most love stories down, she says, and you really only have two possible outcomes. She had a friend in Los Angeles who was deep in grief after her father died, and went to see a therapist, who suggested picking up a romance novel. You can fix yourself. Since You Asked: Recycled glass goes to landfill, but is anything but trash.
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