Today I get to interview author Catherine Bybee! Stay tuned for this fun interview:
First off, tell me about yourself, and your writing.
I'm married mother of two boys, both teenagers (shoot me now) that writes full time. I spend years working as an ER Nurse and loved nearly every minute of it.
When I'm not shuffling kids around from school, to school, after school etc. I'm writing. Or networking to let people know I'm out there. I love the romance genre and couldn't think about writing anything else. Up until I wrote Wife by Wednesday, my readers knew me for my time travel romances and the ongoing story of the MacCoinnichs.
How long have you been writing? How many published books do you have, and what genres?
I've been writing for a little over five years full time. Highland Shifter is my 11th book published. I have two more releases scheduled for his year and at least three for next year.
I write contemporary romance, paranormal romance and of course, time travel romance.
Are you a plotter or do you write from the seat of your pants?
I write by the seat of my way too wide pants. However, with my latest three book deal, I needed to write a synopsis before the book was written so it looks like I'll be writing on the other side of this plotter/pantser system. Which excites me. I do like a map sometimes.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
I spend the morning going over emails - (after I drop of kids of course) and then surfing my network online, ie. twitter, facebook, goodreads. I spend time responding to fan mail and blog posts. Then I get to writing. If I'm lucky I'll get in a few hours before I pick up kids, do the after school thing, then back to writing after dinner for a couple of hours.
Who do you love to read? Favorite authors, favorite books?
Right now I'm not reading that much. I have a ton to do. But I read a lot of authors. And now that I've met so many in person nearly everyone is on my TBR list. If it's romance, I'll read it.
What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?
My biggest goals have been met this year. I reached the NYT's Bestseller list, signed an amazing agent who I adore, and am signing a deal for my next three contemporary romances. But since I'm always thinking of the 'next thing' I want to reach the NYT's and USA Today list again with my next two contemporary releases.
If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
I want to snap my fingers and have a clean house, laundry done, and dinner cooked.
If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?
A good fairy that would make sure I didn't forget anything.
Tell us a little about your latest release.
Highland Shifter is my 4th time travel romance. This is Simon's story for anyone who has read my other time travel books. The first three books in this series were a true trilogy. Three books connected by one bad guy...er, girl. And so with Highland Shifter the next three books begin. My fans wanted to read about the younger children in the series and I did to.
What is something that you absolutely can't live without? (Other than family members)
Could you ever co author a book with someone? If so, who would you choose,and what would you write?
No. I don't think I could do that. I suppose if Nora wanted to room with me in a novel I'd have to give it a try. LOL
If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?
Nostradamus. Cuz that guy saw into the future and I wanna pick his brain.
What are some of your other hobbies outside of writing?
I'm a crafter. I love to scrapbook and knit and make just about anything. And we travel a lot as a family.
If you were on the staff to have a book adapted to movie, what would you pick?
Binding Vows would be the book to start with for my time travels. But Wife by Wednesday, my NYT's Bestseller, would be a perfect chick flick.
What is a talent you wish you had, but don't?
Play the piano.
I'm into the purples lately.
Weather:Hot or cold?
Favorite place to read?
On the sofa in front of the fire.
Favorite non-alcoholic drink.
If you could travel anywhere and do anything, no limits or money holding you back, where would you go?
I want to roam Europe...
Thanks for answering my questions, Catherine. This was fun!
Now, here's a bit of author into and book info for Catherine's latest, Highland Shifter.
Helen Adams has a knack for finding lost objects, but the Simon McAllister she finds isn’t what she expected. The missing California teen is now a grown man—a kilted, sword wielding, Highland warrior.
A mysterious Druid book and Helen’s sixth sense send her to Scotland in search of a missing boy. After being attacked by strange men dressed in medieval garb, a handsome, desirable hero answering to the boy’s name rescues her. No one is more surprised than she to find herself in sixteenth century Scotland. Unable to deny the reality of time travel, Helen discovers smoldering passion with a man destined to leave her.
Simon has lived his Druid life in two very different worlds, two vastly different times, and when Helen practically lands in his lap, he knows his life is about to change forever. There are enemies in California lying in wait for her, and an army in Scotland closing in on his family. Simon is the only person who can protect her. But when she learns his most guarded secret, will she still want him? Can Helen love a Highland Shifter?
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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Simon stepped closer and felt the heat of her skin. She smelled of the strawberry shampoo she used in her hair. Helen’s hands slid from her hips and fell to the side.
“’Tis time we clear up a few things in your lovely head about me.”
He stepped closer, and Helen, the wise girl, took a step back until her bottom met the edge of the desk. She reached behind her to steady herself and keep from falling.
Like a predatory cat cornering his prey, Simon towered over Helen, watching her body twitch as her eyes travelled over his.
“Really?” Her voice wavered. After clearing her throat, she asked. “Like what?”
Simon licked his lips and glanced at hers. “I’m not evil.”
“Uhm….” Her eyes never left his mouth while he spoke.
“And I’d never lure a child into my presence.”
Simon leaned into her, their thighs touched and Helen’s breathing started to quicken. He placed one hand on the table beside her, leaving her very little room to escape should she want to. From the hunger in her gaze, and the heat coming off her body, he didn’t believe she would.
“A woman, however, might tempt me to entice her attention.”