Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Interview with FIANCE BY FRIDAY Author, Catherine Bybee


1. Given the nature of this website, I am compelled to ask what draws you to the Contemporary Romance genre?

CB: I love modern romance novels. It’s nice to slip into worlds that are like our own, but different because of the wealth, the background…the motivations of others. I like sassy heroines and flawed heroes, which can be in any romance novel, but with a contemporary the woman can get away with so much more. 

2. Do you recall any book bloopers—edits that slipped past you and made you say, OMG, did I type that? 

CB: No, not really or I would have told the world. Most edit misses just make me blush with shame. 

3. Have you ever experienced a Déjà vu moment, where you find yourself in a scene or setting from one of your books?

CB:  I like to pull from life experiences when I’m writing and often find my characters in similar situations as I have experienced. As for the déjà vu moment…now really. It takes a lot longer to write a scene than the ‘moment’ of déjà vu. LOL 

4. What inspired The Weekday Brides?

CB:  I wanted the rich hero and the slightly needy heroine romance when I wrote the first book, Wife by Wednesday. Then when I wrote Married by Monday, I wanted my hero to be slightly needy and my heroine to be stronger…now with Fiancé by Friday, I wanted my wounded hero to need the love of a good woman, Gwen, and I wanted my heroine to pull every emotion she can from her hero. 

I wanted a series of books where women and men get married for reasons other than love and HEA, but then find themselves with the right person for life. 

5. If you were to sit down for tea with the Queen of England, what do you think your topic of conversation would be?

CB:  I hope it would be littered with gossip, but my guess is it wouldn’t be. She’d probably lecture me about the royal family, dukes and duchesses. 

6. Your covers are gorgeous. Were you involved with the creative process?

CB:  Yes, from concept to execution… My cover artist for the bride books is Crystal Posey who is also my assistant. We originally came up with the first covers as collaboration between a fan who is a wedding photographer and Crystal and my concepts. And luckily, my current publisher, Montlake, was willing to continue with what is working so very well. 

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned novels Wife by Wednesday, Married by Monday, and Not Quite Dating. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.  

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  1. You really do have beautiful covers! I've not read your books so thanks for the post. I've visited your website and will also check out your other contemporaries.

    1. I love my covers. I'm very blessed. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Ive read some of your books and will look forward to reading more!

  3. Thanks again for having me on your blog today.

  4. Hey, I'm with you, Catherine, re bloopers in grammar or spelling. English and grammar aren't taught quite like the olden days (my days)...and folks don't seem to care as much as they used to. Yesterday I was in the mall and a big sign hand painted on a window said "Get your body's decorated here." Can you imagine that for an advertisement for the store?? And grandkids come home with an A on their paper and when I read it I can see all sorts of errors I would have circled in red and given them, at the highest, a C. I can't help it but be irritated when I'm reading a story I've bought and it's full of grammar and/or spelling errors. It's like a story mill...just grinding them out for profit. Sorry...got on the bandwagon here! jdh2690@gmail.com

    1. I'm certainly not an expert on grammar and I couldn't seem to ever pass the first round of a spelling Bee...however, editing is important as are editors. I love mine to bits.

  5. I find humor in signs, stories or anything with words that don't go together. In a nearby town there is a sign that says Oakview Historical Cemetery. Right underneath it is a sign that says Overnight Camping. Both have an arrow pointing in the same direction. If I wouldn't get caught I would love to add a sign that says No Thank You. In another town I HAD to stop and inquire about a handmade sign. It stated For Sale: Free Firewood. I know I'm terrible, but I turned it into an Abbott & Costello act with the man throwing me off of his property.

    I'm so glad you stopped in to JCR. This series will be new to me and I look forward to getting started with the Weekday Brides!

    jo1963jo at gmail dot com

    1. *spitting out my coffee* That's funny, Julie.
      Enjoy the books.

  6. I haven't read any of your books. I do find humor in any story is a good thing to laugh about.


  7. Hi Catherine
    I'm so glad to meet you here on JCR. I'm so thrilled for your success--watching your books do so well! I have two of them on my Nook and am sorry to say I haven't read them. YET. I love the premises, I love your thoughts behind writing them. I know they'll be right up my alley.

    I'm with Julie O. -- always finding the funniest bad-grammar signs. I was a magazine editor in my old life and so I know some about grammar. But I am so not immune to making mistakes. I find misplaced modifiers and bad commas and wrong apostrophes all the time. As you said, thank goodness for our editors--I'm glad to be on this side of the red pen!

    1. I'll leave the editing to the editors. LOL - I catch some of my mistakes, but not all! Thanks for stopping by.


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