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Megan Crane loves Patti LuPone

Frenemies_coverMegan Crane and I have very parallel careers.
Only here's what Marian Keyes said about her new book, FRENEMIES, that she didn't say about my new book. Because Marian Keyes, international bestselling author, has never heard of me. But she has heard of Megan, and she's really into her, too:

"FRENEMIES is a hugely enjoyable novel with brilliant, convincing characters and dialogue.
It's romantic, funny, intelligent, believable, and gripping. I couldn't put it down
and am now very sorry it's finished!"
— Marian Keyes, international bestselling author of Angels and Last Chance Saloon

FREN-E-MY\noun: The friend who gives you the sweetest smile to your face, while holding the sharpest knife to your back. We’ve all heard the saying, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” but what if they’re one and the same? The book is about a woman who catches her best friend canoodling with her boyfriend -- and the fallout from all that.
(Hm. I am thinking if you liked The Boyfriend List, you are gonna like this one. It is published for grown-ups, just so ya know.)

Crane wrote English as a Second Language (which I really, really liked) and Everyone Else's Girl, and her blog is here. You can buy the book here, or at any online bookseller or local independent!

The Dramarama Interview, with Megan Crane:

1. You were in a play in high school, weren't you? Tell me all about it.
I totally was. I was in "Carousel" and "Anything Goes." (And in junior high school I was in 110 Degrees In The Shade, which is about as esoteric as it gets, I think.) I was so fantastic as a chorus member that all audiences gave me my own, personal round of applause. That's not true at all. I mean, I was in the chorus, and I was awesome, but that awesomeness was largely unappreciated. Which is no doubt why I did not pursue my Broadway dreams.

2. Give me song lyric that makes you laugh. Preferably from a show, but I'll cut you some slack if whatever you quote is funny.

Rapunzel's Prince in Into The Woods, "Dwarfs are very upsetting." Still makes me giggle.

3. If you've seen a show on Broadway, what was your first one? Whom did you go with, who was the star, what did you think of it?
My first show was Evita, with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. My mother took me and told me very seriously that unlike at home, with the record, I was not allowed to sing. I was dazzled.

4. What's your showbiz fantasy?
To be Patti LuPone. Seriously. To have that gigantic voice-- wow.

5. Which Broadway diva are you, deep inside? And why? Ethel Merman, Carol Burnett, Nell Carter, Kristin Chenoweth, Bernadette Peters, Julie Andrews, Bebe Neuwirth, Audra McDonald, Carol Channing, Mary Martin, Barbra Streisand? Or someone else?

Patti, of course. I've always hero-worshipped her.

6. Write me a nice little song lyric for the book you're promoting right now. Please.

Frenemies are those who pretend they care,
But real friends can see there's nothing there.
(I think I'll stick to books!)