August 4th, 2011 San Francisco Signing and Some Love From the SF Chronicle

Come see me tonight in San Francisco!! I’ll be reading from and signing With a Little Luck at 7 pm at Books Inc. in the marina, 2251 Chestnut St. I’m hoping to find the heart that someone allegedly left here. xoxo

And here’s a great piece in today’s San Francisco Chronicle!

Caprice Crane: New novel is ‘With a Little Luck’

Louis Peitzman, Special to The Chronicle

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Novelist Caprice Crane has written for television series such as “Melrose Place” and “90210.” She is also known as an author of hilarious tweets.

When she’s not writing screenplays, TV scripts or hilarious tweets, Caprice Crane writes novels. But although her books feature a central romance, she says she’s reluctant to categorize them as love stories.

“I’d call my books romantic comedies before I’d say they’re love stories,” she says. “They’re hopefully heavy on the comedy and less so on that love stuff I’ve heard about.

“Mostly, I like living vicariously through my characters.”

Her most recent novel, “With a Little Luck,” follows Beryl “Berry” Lambert, a radio DJ who inherited her dad’s superstitions. Convinced that everything happens in threes, she’s on the lookout for the third dud after two awful relationships. Instead, she finds the seemingly awesome Ryan Riley.

“What if that third guy who she’s just trying to get out of the way so she can find the right guy happens to be charming and funny and really great?” Crane asks. “Does she risk it and let her guard down, or does she get in her own way because of her fears?”

In order to show the sparks between her characters, Crane uses sharp dialogue – also a feature of her scripts. (Crane has written most recently for the series “Melrose Place” and “90210.”)

“I think a witty back-and-forth can be a real bonding experience between two people when they’re first getting to know one another,” she says. “I usually build relationships based on that kind of connection rather than a sweaty, libido-driven thing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Writing about relationships can leave some authors boxed in, but Crane says she doesn’t feel that “With a Little Luck” or her other novels are exclusive to female readers.

“Honestly, I’ve never for a moment thought that guys wouldn’t read my books,” she says. “But to make sure they do, I mention ‘boobs’ at least once or twice a paragraph.”

Rather than worrying about who her audience is, Crane is concerned with making her readers laugh, think and sometimes suffer through the romantic woes of her characters. The road to true love is paved with jokes but also some frustrating detours.

For her part, Crane says she enjoys holding the reins.

“It’s easier to break someone’s heart if I’m the one that created them in the first place,” she says. “And also easier to get them to forgive you and come back.”

7 tonight. Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F. (415) 931-3633. www.booksinc.net.

This article appeared on page G – 11 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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