Author bio, contact info, and frequently asked questions.

Since she began writing in 2008, Cara McKenna has published nearly forty romances and erotic novels with a variety of publishers, sometimes under the pen names Meg Maguire and C.M. McKenna. Her stories have been acclaimed for their smart, modern voice and defiance of convention. She was a 2015 RITA Award finalist, a 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award winner, a 2012 and 2011 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee, and a 2010 Golden Heart Award finalist. She lives with her husband and baby son in the Pacific Northwest, though she’ll always be a Boston girl at heart.

Cara is represented by Laura Bradford, of the Bradford Literary Agency.

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I've never read you before—where should I start?

If you're okay with the racy stuff, I'd recommend starting with After Hours or Hard Time, which are both erotic romances. And if you're down with really taboo stuff, my most popular title is probably Willing Victim, though be warned, it's pretty intense.

If you're looking for a (slightly) less sex-driven romance, I'd point you toward Her Best Laid Plans (short and sweet) or Lay It Down (romantic suspense, first in a series.)

Or if you're ready for edgy, abrasive, explicit, non-romance weirdness, dive on in and give Badger a try!

Will you ever write a sequel to Willing Victim?

Aw shit, kiddo, I already did! It's called Brutal Game and it's out now. Details and buy links here! Only took me six years, right?

Okay, cool. But will you ever write another sequel to Willing Victim?

Maybe! But it took me half a decade to dream up the right follow-up story for those two, so get comfortable.

Is Miah going to get his own book?

Yes! It's official—Miah will get his happily-ever-after in the fourth full-length Desert Dogs book, Ride It Out, which will also be the series finale, out September 2017. You know I had to save the Crown Prince of Fortuity for last! Popping out a baby has slowed my writing considerably—apologies for making series fans wait so long. I'll try my damnedest to make it worth it!

Will John Dancer ever get his own book?

Oh shit, I wish! But probably not.

Would you ever write a sequel to Badger?

I won't, no, but thanks for asking!

What are you working on next?

Now that Ride It Out (Desert Dogs series finale) is in the can, I'm a free agent! I'm currently finishing an erotic romance I've been semi-secretly writing with my friend Charlotte Stein, and starting on a new, totally out-there project that may or may not ever see the light of day. Stay tuned!

I love your books! What other authors should I try?

For erotic fiction, I'd point you toward Charlotte Stein, Megan Hart, and Tiffany Reisz. For romances, I'd recommend Ruthie Knox, Molly O'Keefe, Shannon Stacey, and Victoria Dahl.

Why do you have so many names?

At first there was just Cara McKenna, who wrote filthy, kinky erotic fiction. Then I took on my Meg Maguire name when I started writing category romance, because my publisher wanted to build a buffer between that and the super filthy stuff. Then Cara wound up writing erotic romance, then romantic suspense, and ultimately it all got very blurry and redundant. Oh and then I wrote Badger and one publisher requested I put that out under yet another pen name, because it's so fucking weird and no one knew if it would completely tank my existing career, so now there's C.M. McKenna as well. Don't worry too much about it. Basically we're conjoined triplets, and Cara controls most of the body, Meg's got one leg, its adjacent buttock and half a kidney, and C.M. is just a weird growth on the neck.

What's the deal with you and birds?

On the fifth day, God created birds, and He saw that they were round. He madeth the fat birds so that we might squeezeth them, and in this pursuit I remain His most faithful servant.