Interview with Catherine Bybee.

Today I have the wonderful, talented Catherine Bybee in the hot seat. Catherine is celebrating the release of her newest creation, Before the Moon Rises. (I love that title.) And, as I've read her other books, I know I'll love this one too.

So come on in, grab a cup of coffee and get to know Catherine better.

Oh, and after you're done here, come on by Sharon's blog where I'm flirting with Oliver, er, talking to Sharon. : )

And without further ado, here's Catherine:

How would you describe your writing style?

I always keep romance first and foremost in my writing. That may sound redundant since I write romance novels, but with erotic stories it’s easy to get caught up in the hot and steamy bits and forget about the heart. I don’t want my readers to take a leap to make the stories believable. All of my stories are laced with humor. All of my characters have faults.

How did your friends/relatives react when you told them you wanted to be a writer?

My true friends encouraged me to go for it. I don’t think my father truly thought I’d actually do it, but has sense read all my published work, even the erotic stuff, and tells all his friends I’m a writer. My hubby was a little shocked and my kids rolled their eyes.

What kind of goals to you set for yourself when writing? Word count? Page count?

I’ve recently started writing page count goal on a per week basis. About 50 pages. If I have something in edits I give myself a break… but I feel it’s important to keep writing, even if I’m not all that inspires. In the words of Nora Roberts “You can fix a bad page, not a blank one.”

You can't go wrong listening to Queen Nora. And 50 pages? Wow! That's awesome. Do you listen to music while you write?

Sometimes. Some music inspires me while other music distracts me.

Tell us about your newest release.

Before the Moon Rises was my entry to the Got Wolf contest at The Wild Rose Press. I didn’t win the contest but did contract the book shortly after subbing it on it’s own merits. This story is dear to me for two reasons. One, because the heroine is an ER nurse, and low and behold so am I in real life. So this was a fun character to play with and make real. Two, this was my very first werewolf story I’d ever written. I quickly wrote a second book to Before the Moon Rises, Richard’s story, which is under contract and edits with The Wild Rose Press.

Do you write full time or part time?

I’m a full time mom, and full time wife… and per diem writer. I do write every day. My profession in the ER is on hold for now so I have time to write more than the average person. I’m blessed.

What is your favorite part of being a romance writer?

Creating worlds. I love the writing part of being a writer. I’ve met many wonderful people on line and look forward to seeing each and every one of them at some point in my life.

Least favorite?

Waiting. Waiting for edits, publishers, agents and feedback. I don’t even mind the promotional part, but waiting bites! LOL

Where can we find you?

My website or my blog – I’m also on twitter, facebook, myspace and youtube. Google me, you’ll find me. lol

Have you ever had a one-night stand?

Me either! What is the best pick-up line someone has ever tried on you? Did it work?
My husband’s first words to me were… “Have you ever been really hurt by a guy?”
I married him six years later.

That is so sweet. What is your thing to eat?
Pasta – as evidenced by the size of my hips. LOL – They aren’t that bad, but I’d probably be a size smaller if pasta had never been invented.

What is your favorite flower?

I just bought an orchid from China Town in San Francisco. I love them too. If you could have any car, which would it be?
Right now I’m hot over the Cadillac Crossover. I have kids! But once the nest is empty, I want the four seat Mercedes Convertible with all the gadgets.

LOL. Once my nest is empty, I plan to get a convertible too. Maybe we can cruise together. What is a movie you could watch over and over?

Romancing the Stone

Every romancer I know, me included, loves that movie. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

What is your favorite alcoholic drink?

I'm a wine drinker too!

Here is the blurb for Before the Moon Rises.

After a twelve-hour shift in a busy emergency room, Janet O’Brien is beat. Her last patient arrives unconscious and naked. She’s lead to believe he’s a psyche patient off his meds. However, once he awakens, Janet is charmed by his million-dollar smile and agrees to give him a ride home.
Werewolf, Max Ritter notices the sassy nurse when he wakes after a night under the full moon. Unfortunately, his archrival is drawn to Janet as well. In order to keep her out of harm's way, he opts to keep her close. When the chemistry between them sparks, Max discovers a completely new reason to keep Janet safe.

He kept his smile in place despite his state of undress. “Maybe I can explain my, er, situation over eggs benedict.”
She was tempted, even with him dressed in a hospital issue gown open in the back, she was tempted. “I don’t think so.”
“Why not? You said yourself I’m good looking, and I know you’re curious about why I ended up here.”
Janet slid the paperwork she held in front of him and handed him her pen. “Even if I wanted to, I make it a rule not to date my patients.”
“Humm...” He took the paper and signed his name, then pushed it in her direction. “I’m no longer your patient.”
Janet couldn’t stop the giggle that erupted. “Listen...” She picked up the paper and noted his name. “Mr. Ritter. I’m flattered, really I am, but I don’t think this would be a good idea.”
“I suggested breakfast, not marriage.”
“You’re wearing a hospital gown and a smile.”
“I’ll change. We can drop by my house so I can get my wallet.”
Janet narrowed her eyes. “Is this some perverse way to get a free ride home?”
“I’ll pay for gas.” His eyes locked with hers sending a chill up her spine.
“Hey Janet,” a voice called from beyond the closed curtain.
“I’ve got to go. Day shift needs report.” But her feet didn’t move. Instead, she stared at him, knowing somehow she would give in to his request, and if nothing else give him a ride home.
Something she had never done before.
“I’ll meet you outside, by your car.”
On a sigh she said, “Yeah, okay.” Janet turned away. “How do you know what I drive?”
“I don’t, but I’ll figure it out.”

As if that wasn't enough, here is the trailer to further wet your appetite.


Catherine Bybee said...

Thanks again for having me here, Lynne.

Lynne Roberts said...

You are so welcome, Cahterine. Bolding the links now

Emma Lai said...

Great interview, ladies! I hate the wait,too, Catherine. And who doesn't love Romancing the Stone and convertibles?

Kaily Hart said...

Great interview. I loved the questons! I've only just started down this road, but I'd have to agree about the waiting.

Helen Hardt said...

Cathy, happy release day! Can't wait to read it. Great interview, Lynne!

Lynne Roberts said...

Hi Emma, Kaily and Helen. Thank you so much for stopping by! Catherine is an awesome writer and I can't wait to read the book either!

Catherine Bybee said...

Emma: I've had a video tape of RTS for years. Love it!

Kaily: Hon, we all know about the waiting. It doesn't stop when you're published! *pout!

Helen: I hope to hear your thoughts once you've read the book.

Lynne: Pom poms are coming your way! lol Thanks.

Cari Quinn said...

Great interview! Happy release day, Catherine...Before The Moon Rises sounds terrific!

Catherine Bybee said...

Thanks, Cari.