Today I’m thrilled to chat with New York Times and USA Today best-selling romance author, Catherine Bybee!
What do you hope readers will take from your writing, Catherine?
I hope they can enjoy a few hours in a new and exciting world where they can decompress after a hard day, or enjoy a quiet moment. I like my books to relay the power of love and family, but most of all I just want my readers to escape for a time.
Escape is exactly what I look for as a reader! What was your favorite scene to write, and why?
I think my favorite scenes to write, and this goes with every book, is the one before the hero and heroine kiss. The one where the flirty banter or even pent up emotions clog my characters common sense and break up their world. I love it when desire hangs so thick in the air it cracks like lightning and hangs on the edge of the Grand Canyon. I love that scene in every book I write. And in every book I read.
Oooh! That tension gets me every time. What is the most challenging thing for you about writing a series?
Making every book different. Series books need to have a similar feel and taste, but can’t be the same story warmed up with new character names. That is a challenge and a joy for me. So far I think my series books are all uniquely different and hope to always keep them that way.
It’ s hard, but I think you’ve nailed how to stay with a theme yet still deliver a unique story each time. Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
As a matter of fact, I do come up with titles first. And actually… I recently started thinking about adding a 4th book to the Weekday Bride Series but was having a heck of a time coming up with a new title. Fiance by Friday (Gwen and Neil’s story) will be book three and now I’m considering Single by Saturday. (Karen’s Story) – Titles help shape the book. I only change them after I’ve written the book if there is a reason to.
I love how your system for naming this series instantly brands the books for your readers. Have you ever made big changes in your story because someone – your crit partner, a friend, or beta reader – really didn’t like it? Are you glad you did (or didn’t)?
Yes I did. In Silent Vows, the 2nd book in my time travel series, I omitted the opening scene at my editor’s request. At some point I plan on re-writing the opening of the book and adding it back in. I also had to make changes in the same book because I couldn’t reference Disneyland, and that too made me a bit miffed. However, I’m told that using Disneyland could cause problems so I guess that will have to stay. Other than that, no. I’ve not been asked to change anything major in a book. I’ve added things and most have made the books better. But again, nothing huge.
I’ve been there, and share your pain. Can you share some pros and cons of having an agent?
I’ve only had an agent for a short time and I love it. The pro’s are easy. I have someone to bounce ideas off of. I have someone always on my side working for me to make the right decisions in my career. Having an agent who understand where you want to go in this business is key. I’m plan on self publishing some of my work forever and will still publish traditionally if the deal is right. I have books coming in different languages with deals I couldn’t have made happen without Jane Dystel and her team.
As for con’s… I don’t have any. Jane is worth her commission.
I will caution every author out there to make sure they have the ‘right’ agent. A bad agent can lock your hands and keep you from moving forward. Do your homework and pick the right agent to work with.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on several things. I have a release in October with Montlake Romance. Not Quite Dating will feature a sexy, rich cowboy and a single mother set during the holidays. This book will kick off a new series I’m very excited about. I’m also working on Fiance by Friday, book three in my Weekday Brides Series, and book five in my time travel series (Amber’s story). So I’m very, very busy.
Thanks for having me on your blog today. I look forward to talking with your readers.
Married By Monday
Book Two in the Weekday Bride Series
By Catherine Bybee
Sandy blond hair and Hollywood good looks, Carter Billings could have any woman he wants. However, when he makes his bid for the Governor’s seat in the state of California, he needs to settle down and become a family man. Eliza, the woman he secretly adores, embodies the perfect amount of spice and passion to suit his marital needs, but she’s not interested in becoming Mrs. Billings. She can’t even stand to be in the same room with him.
It’s much easier to drive Carter away than to give into desire. Matching couples is how she earns a living, but getting married isn’t an option. The secrets she carries are too dangerous to entangle anyone else. When her hidden identity and past threaten her future, she’s left with little choice. Carter is quick to offer solutions to both their problems, but saying yes could mean endangering the man she’s growing to love.
He folded his arms over his chest. “I suppose you could say I’m following Blake’s lead. Marriage solves a few fundamental problems in my career path.”
She stared at him full on now, not trying to look away. “Your problems. Not mine.”
“Problems you helped play a role in.” He saw the spark in her eye before she managed her first syllable of defense.
She sat the tea down and placed a hand on the counter. “That’s low, Carter.”
“And true or you’d be the first to tell me I’m wrong. If I had a choice, I’d be married by Monday to help dispel all the media crap created by yours and Gwen’s night on the Texas town. I thought I could come to you and obtain a little bit of cooperation.”
“A little bit of cooperation. Marriage is a tad more than a little bit of anything.” Her voice rose and her knuckles started to grip the counter.
“Yet you earn your living arranging marriages or partnerships on trite reasons less important than mine.” How dare she follow a moral high ground. Maybe she’d forgotten how well versed he was on her and Samantha’s business.
“You forget that our clients have to approve of the relationships we arrange. They have to like the person—”
He laughed, interrupting her. “Do you really want to pretend we aren’t friends to prove your point?”
Her cheeks grew rosy which he had to admit was a much better than the pasty color she’d been sporting when he walked into the house. He felt the fire burning inside her as she shot daggers with her eyes.
“You’re my best friend’s husband’s friend. If you’re looking for a wife you might peek into your little black book, or whatever it is you use, and draw another name.”
Carter let his arms drop and took two steps closer. The angrier she became, the more his blood churned. His body responded to her outrage, but not in anger. “I don’t want to draw another name.”
Author of New York Times Bestseller, Wife by Wednesday presents, Book Two in the Weekday Bride Series
New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Catherine Bybee has been addicted to romance since her teens. After spending a decade of her life working as an RN in urban emergency rooms, Catherine is now dedicated to writing happily-ever-afters for the world to love. Catherine is married and raising two sons in Southern California.
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