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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
7:50 AM | Posted by Terri Osburn | | Edit Post
*Large red carpet thunks down the deck stairs*
We're in for a treat today, my friends. Our guest is not just talented and versatile, she's a USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author here to celebrate the release of her first Montlake Romance title NOT QUITE DATING. Give a warm pirate welcome to Catherine Bybee!
Bo'sun here again. Jack is, um, out of the office. Okay, so I sent him on a wild goose chase for a rum cake that might or might not exist. Sue me. Now on to the interview.
Bosun: Thank you, Ms. Bybee for joining us on the ship today. It is our pleasure to celebrate your current Montlake release (out yesterday!) Not Quite Dating. Tell us about the book.
Catherine: Thank you for having me. I’m uber excited to be celebrating the release of Not Quite Dating. It feels like I’ve been waiting for this release forever. Not because of any delay in publishing mind you…but holiday stories do need to be released around the holidays.
Single mom, Jessie has no desire to date anyone who she might consider a dreamer. When she meets Jack, he passes himself off as a man with big dreams and little money. As much as his smile might spark emotions buried deep inside her, she can’t give in and actually date the man. You can’t choose who you fall in love with, but you can choose who you date.
Sexy Jack Morrison is ready for the next phase in life…complete with a wife, maybe kids…but the pool of women he’s been dating seem to only want one thing from him…money. The Morrison Hotel Empire is partially his, making him a very wealthy man. When Jessie falls into his life, he keeps his portfolio from her to determine her true feelings.
Oh, the tangled web…
Bosun: A wealthy hero who wants to be loved for more than his money. Sigh. These kinds of men never wonder into my world, dang it. Could you tell us about the rest of the series to come? Where did this idea come from?
Catherine: The idea for this book was born from life. There was once a day I waited tables during the graveyard shift at Dennys. I met many interesting people during that brief time. Not Quite Dating starts in part in the middle of a typical shift for the heroine. I’ve never been a single mom, but knew enough to make this part of the book work.
It is nearly impossible for me to write one book without thinking of book two and three. The second book in the series, Not Quite Mine, features Jack’s sister Katelyn Morrison. I loved her so much from the first book I wanted to take the rich heroine angle and see where it led. This is a highly emotional read meant for the Mother’s Day holiday. Why Mother’s Day? Glad you asked… Well, we’ve all read the story of when a ‘hero’ finds an infant on the doorstep…I wanted to write the book about the ‘heroine’ finding the infant on the doorstep.
And that’s all I’m gonna say on that! *wink*
Book three, Not Quite Enough is about Monica, Jessie’s sister. Another strong character with her own set of baggage she needs to work through to find love. Only Monica is going to fly the globe to find her love. Think Caribbean heat with an infuriating man…and no way to walk away.
Bosun: The thought of a baby on the doorstep sent fear to my heart but then you brought me back with the Caribbean. Good job! Can you tell us about your other Contemporary series, the Weekend Brides?
Catherine: Love, love, love my brides. Here again we have a series that started with one book, Wife by Wednesday, which reached an obscene amount of readers last year and prompted the series to take off. In a nutshell, or a flask, however you want to pour it… the Weekday Brides are all surrounded by a business started by the heroine in WbW, Samantha…This matchmaking business is set up to find the perfect temporary matches to suit the needs of an exclusive client list. Men in need of a bride to ‘look’ the part of family man, perhaps for a job…or to inherit a fortune.
I’ve set out to not write the same book over and over with different character names. Each book has a need for someone to get married for reasons other than love, but that is where the similarities end.
I just finished writing the third book in the series, Fiancé by Friday, and the book comes off much like a romantic suspense…where the first book isn’t that at all, and the second book is only slightly suspenseful. I want to keep my readers guessing what comes next. And I do my best to introduce the characters of later books in the current one.
Bosun: I love your enthusiasm for these books. Checking out your beautiful website I see you write not only Contemporary but time travel/ historical adventure, werewolves, and erotica. Is there anything you can't do?? How do you keep all those genres straight? And what is it exactly about a man in a kilt? I assume you've done extensive research in this department since so many of your heroes done the Scottish garb.
Catherine: When I first started writing I wanted to write it all. Thanks to e-books and the small press, I could write shorter stories in different genre’s and explore my craft.
I have to admit, my time travels are among my favorite books. I’ve fallen in love with the family I’m writing about. And because it’s fantasy complete with historical and contemporary romance…it’s such a winning combination. And who doesn’t love the kilted hero? Yummy!
I did write a couple short erotic books. I’m not sure I’ll write more. So many authors do that better than me. I have other paranormals sitting in my hard drive that will be published someday.
I love to write and refuse to write inside a box. If Nora Roberts can write a plethora of categories, so can Catherine Bybee. LOL
Bosun: Here here! After all the high concept books you've written, why settle into straight Contemporary? Is it harder or easier to have to stick with reality?
Catherine: I’m not settling ‘just’ into Contemporary. As a writer, I have to make my deadlines and right now I have several Contemporary deadlines which I will fulfill first. But my time travel readers might just commit mutiny if I don’t get to Amber’s book soon.
That said…It can be difficult writing straight Contemporary. I can’t settle on magic or fur for a plot twist. I’m getting the hang of it…I think.
Bosun: Not Quite Dating is your first Montlake Romance release. For our writer friends who might be curious, how has your experience been with this new publisher so far? (I get this question but I'm not far enough along to have an answer so I thought maybe you could help.)
Catherine: It’s refreshing to work with a publisher that understands marketing the way only Amazon can. So many things are changing daily in the publishing world and Montlake ‘gets’ this. They are incredibly author friendly. They respond within a day of a question… a couple at the most. They give choices about cover art. Who does that? Anyone? I’ve enjoyed the ride so far…with four new titles coming in the next year, and having them re-release my other two Bride books as well, I had to have faith in them. And I do.
Bosun: Aren't they awesome?! I love them so far too. How long were you writing before you got your first contract? Any advice for those still working toward the dream? And what's your best advice for an author about to launch her first book? (Yes, this is a selfish question.)
Catherine: Before my first contract….hmmm, let me think. Serious writing, probably only about two years. I wrote off and on for years before that. Just nothing that ever included the words, The End. LOL –
As for a successful launch. I think the more enthusiastic you are about your book the more others will be. Often times launch day is anticlimactic. You prep your book for months, work on those cover images and banners, tell the world it’s coming…then have nothing to do on release day other than to hit the refresh button on the website to see your Amazon ranking. “I’m sure I’m the only one who has ever done that.” *snort*
Get your readers talking about your book and see if you can get a few to read it the day it comes out. They will tell others about it from there.
The absolute BEST advice I can give to any writer about launching a book, or selling a book…is to write your next book.
Bosun: *takes notes* Excellent. Time for the lightening round. Plotter or pantser?
Catherine: Pantser… but I’ve had to go both ways this last year. Publishers like a synopsis, AKA sucknopsis.
Bosun: Ha! Lefty or righty?
Bosun: Morning, afternoon, or night? (Pertaining to writing, of course.)
Catherine: Yes, Yes, and Yes.
Bosun: Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?
Bosun: Twitter or Facebook?
Bosun: And finally, ever considered writing a pirate adventure on the high seas? You could put him in a kilt!
Catherine: Oh, yeah… I wanna write that book.
Bosun: And we want to read it! Thank you for being such a good sport. Is there something you'd like to ask the crew to get this party started? Anything you want to know from a reader's point of view?
Catherine: I have a question from a reader’s point of view… If you could name a single quality in an author’s writing that keeps you coming back for more…what is it?
As for the crew… Where is that Rum Cake?
Bosun: Excellent question! (Wish I'd thought of that one.) Get to it, ladies. We certainly have no shortage of readers here.