Thursday, February 4, 2010
Look who agreed to be interviewed today! Catherine Bybee author of Binding Vows which is published by The Wild Rose Press stopped by to pay us a visit. Catherine, it's an honor to have you here.
Thank you for having me here today, Elaine.
1.For the benefit of anyone who is unfamiliar with your work, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a paranormal romance author. I love writing stories where werewolves fall in love and time travel is possible. For years I’ve worked in busy urban Emergency Rooms where reality smacks me upside the head daily… escaping into a romance, either reading or writing, is my Zen Time.
2.I totally love time travel, Catherine. Where do you get your ideas for your books? Are your characters ever based on real people?
Usually my ideas stem from a character I develop from a single scene and simple idea. I’m a complete pantser when I write, so everything evolves during the writing process for me. My characters aren’t based on people I know. I sometimes think of a mannerism I see in real people and try and implement this into a character, but I don’t mimic characters after people.
3.When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer? How'd you get your start?
The first time I actually wrote the words “The End” to a manuscript I was hooked. I knew I’d write plenty of books after that. I don’t think “I got my start” as much as forced it. I wrote, submitted and wrote some more. Authors “make things happen”. LOL
4.You are so right. Publishing houses very seldom arrive at our door begging us to show them our work. What does your family think about having an author in the family?
Suddenly they think I’m making money because I’m published… I hated bursting their bubble. I’ve always been a story teller, so I don’t think it came as a surprise. My family is very supportive. Although the thought of my dad reading my erotic romance stories is a bit scary.
5.I know what you mean. People have come right out and asked me if I'm making money. What's the hardest part of writing for you? What's the easiest?
The hardest thing is waiting. Waiting for agents to get back to you, publishers to get back to you… edits to get back to you… release dates to come around… reviews to evolve. Waiting!
Easiest thing? Simply writing a new story. I enjoy the actual creating of a story and characters and making it all work.
6.What are your future goals for your writing?
I’d like to see my books on the shelves at the brick and mortar stores. I’d like people looking for my backlist.
7.Great goals! Now, if you could go anywhere in the world and do anything you want, what would it be?
I’d love a weekend in a castle in Scotland with horses at my disposal.
8.What's the most romantic thing your significant other ever did for you? –
He said the words ‘I do’ at the right time and has ever since.
9.Would you share an excerpt from your book with us?
In this scene, Tara’s a bit miffed about being taken back in time five hundred years without her permission and is letting Duncan know it.
"Where are you going, Tara ?"
"I can see that, but where?"
She stopped and turned. "Far away from you."
He almost collided with her. Before he could react, she
was storming off again, as he shouted, "A lady is not safe out
here by herself."
She stopped. This time he didn't stop in time and fell
Hands at her sides, her chest thrust up next to his she
gritted between her teeth. "A lady isn't safe around you either."
"Now, Tara." He tried pleading with her.
"Oh, don't you even 'now, Tara' me." She stepped to the
side and started off, in a different direction. Stalking in circles.
He let her walk for several minutes before attempting to
speak to her again. "I would be happy to escort you on a walk. But,
we need to get you more properly dressed." He knew the effect
watching her walk in tight jeans was having on him, he could only
imagine what his men must have thought when she stormed the
"You're a bastard, you know that MacCoinnich?"
He wanted to counter what she said, but cautioned himself
against it. "Still, we need you in more fitting clothes. If someone
were to come along, questions would be raised which would be most
difficult to answer."
"You should have thought of that before you brought me
here." She waved a hand in his general direction. "Right now, I don't
give a crap what questions you might have to answer."
"I told you how necessary it is for secrecy." He turned
to the Keep and noticed some of the men watching, curious about what
would happen. He needed to put a stop to this and soon.
A completely inappropriate image of him doing exactly
that popped into his head. A slow lazy smile inched over his lips.
Unfortunately, for him, Tara read his thoughts. She
didn't find them nearly as entertaining as he did. "You ass..." She
raised her hand to slap his face.
He caught her hand before it made contact. "I've had
enough of this."
10.Please give us your links so we can find you on the web.
Twitter, Facebook and Myspace are all under the name Catherine Bybee… feel free to follow or friend me.
Thanks again for having me here today.
Thanks for coming, Catherine. I'm looking forward to reading your book, and I do love your cover.