Day 31 Catherine Bybee – Romance as Safe Haven

Safety In Romance

Why romance? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question, or how many times I’ve attempted to answer it. Why do I read it…and Single by Saturdaywhy do I write it? The more I ponder the question I realize the answer is rooted in my life experiences.

Between both my mother and my father, they managed eight marriages. Yes, eight. As a kid growing up, when my mother was between marriages she was happily playing the field. Needless to say, stability was a word in the dictionary and not something practiced in my childhood home. With dysfunctional chaos in my home life, I would gravitate toward books that left me feeling hopeful. The safety of a romance novel was exactly what I craved in real life.

Escaping my life to live in the world of someone else, even for a short time, gave me the diversion I needed. Romance novels were safe. I could fall into the book, the drama and emotional roller coaster of the characters and always know that everything…everything would end up okay. The predictability of the ending always pulled me back to romance. Lives could be lost, careers destroyed, but the boy and girl always ended up together, therefore making everything worth it in the end.

When I decided to write my first book there was no doubt that it would be a romance. The paranormal, criminal, suspense or simply sweet world of romance sweeps all genres with one key element. They’re all safe. They all end with two people falling in love and living happily beyond the pages of the actual book.

Of course, I’m an adult now…I’m not in need of a daily diversion from dysfunction. I’ve learned that exploring relationships, friendships and family drama adds so much depth to the books I write. I had a long career as an ER Nurse, which arguably is full of drama. While I write scenes from these stages of my life, I always infuse levity and humor. Life is too short to read long-winded depressing books. I sure as heck don’t want to write those books. I want love laced with humor, intrigue laced with stability.

I want my books safe.

Though they are safe, they are never boring.

Happy Reading


Lisa Kleypas & Jennifer Probst

 Questions for the Author:

Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

The most daring thing I ever embarked upon happened when I was 18 years old and just four days after I graduated from High School. I gathered NQE_Largeevery earthly possession I had, placed everything in the back of a U-Haul, attached that trailer to my piece of crap $300.00 junk yard find of a car…and drove from Washington State to Southern California. I needed a new beginning, wanted things for myself that I couldn’t obtain in the state I grew up…so I started over.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

I was an ER nurse for years and was injured on the job. After a year of my own personal pity party, I decided to change directions. I’d always loved reading romance novels, but had only ‘attempted’ to write one. When I finished my first novel, I quickly tucked the pages under a bed and started on the second. That was in 2008…the book I finished was Binding Vows. I knew then I’d found my new calling in life. I’ve pushed forward and have never looked back.

Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

Wife by Wednesday changed everything for me. I’d been writing paranormals or time travels…love writing those books…but it wasn’t until I completed Wife by Wednesday, my first contemporary romance, that I decided to take charge of my path in publishing. As luck would have it, Wife by Wednesday went viral in 2011. Hundreds of thousands of readers discovered me as a writer and my life changed. Now I publish all my contemporary novels with a publisher and all my paranormal/time travels independently. I couldn’t be happier.

Catherine is generously offering two copies of Taken By Tuesday, domestic only (apologies to international readers). Entry form below. 

BybeeNew York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating from high school, she moved to Southern California with 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 the Not Quite series, the MacCoinnich Time Travel series as well as the Weekday Brides series. You can find her at



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  • Cheryl Hastings

    Sounds like you’ve led a very interesting life!! I love the Not Quite series as well as the weekday Bride and can’t wait for more 🙂 I’m going to take the jump back into time travel, I think, too!

  • mariannewestrich

    I find that while reading romance, I look for the ones that center around a large, loud, imperfect but loving family. Since it’s just my husband, me and our 2 cats, I can’t imagine that kind of hoopla, but get to live it through my books! 😎

  • jroz64

    I just discovered Wife by Wednesday – loved it. Will now be reading others.

  • Ellen

    Thank you for not writing long-winded and depressing books. There is too much negativity in our world . I enjoy a safe haven when I’m reading.

  • Anna

    Safety is never boring. I always know that a romance will end with a happy ever after, no matter how it gets there.

  • Emmel

    It’s a brave thing, to formulate your life not once but several times. How amazing to read how you discovered your career passion!

  • LisaVH

    Romance is safe – so so so true. I love reading a romance and getting to the point in the story where all hope seems lost, the hero is being a total jerk or the heroine is being supremely stubborn or the bad guys seem to be winning and knowing with out a doubt that it will all be okay. Where else in life do you get that type of guarantee?!

  • Yaritza Santana

    Which I could get up and move to another state. Its been pretty boring here.

  • Sheila M

    What a brave thing to begin anew like you did.

  • Glenda

    I’m impressed that you packed everything and moved states when you were only 18!

  • Rita Wray

    I enjoyed the post. You were very brave taking off at such a young age.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I already have the book, so won’t enter to win. I am love your Weekday Bride series! Wife by Wednesday was the first book of yours I had read & I am hooked!

  • alisha woods

    Love Lisa Kleypas books contemp and historical

    • Thanks Alisha – this is Catherine Bybee’s post, so be sure to comment on Lisa’s page too. xo

      • alisha woods

        I will, I was just agreeing with her since she recommended Lisa’s books 🙂

  • TrishJ

    I hate to see this month end. Lots of fun and lots of new authors and new blogs to follow. I love that romance books have humor in them I love to get lost in books like that.

    • Hi Trish – We’ll be expanding into Sept with one author a day – or at least that’s the plan. Filling in the calendar now. Thanks for being such a good friend to RARM! xo

      • TrishJ

        Yay!! I loved this last year and I think it is better this year. My TBR pile has expanded with the new authors I want to try. And I love learning more about my favorite author. Thanks !

  • Sharon Forbes

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the authors’ posts this month, and really hate to see it end! Romance should be celebrated all the time, and we, as readers, are so blessed to be able to enjoy great novels by wonderful authors like all of you! Thank you and many kudos to you all for all the time and love you have put into writing everything that you have, and here’s to many, many more! 🙂

    • Hi Sharon – We’ll be expanding into Sept with one author a day – or at least that’s the plan. Filling in the calendar now. xo

  • Courtney Cogswell

    You pretty much just summed up what I want out of my books with this sentence…”I want love laced with humor, intrigue laced with stability.” Reading romance is pretty much my favorite activity and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of the essays this month. Now I am off to dig into my giant to be read list and plan to continue celebrating romance every day!!!

  • Debbie Oxier

    Love to read romance, especially with a little humor or suspense thrown in.

  • Robin Driscoll

    Love learning so much about this author. Great article

  • Lorelei’s Lit Lair

    It’s been a joy to discover you, Catherine! I believe WBW is in my TBR pile, I will dig it out now and put it closer to the top 😉 Happy to share your books and thanks for the chance to win and learn a little more about you! Smiles, LLL

  • Tammy H

    I look forward to reading your books!

  • LSUReader

    What a lovely post. Thanks for sharing with us during R-A-R Month.

  • Kim

    I can’t imagine packing up and moving to someplace where I don’t know anyone.

  • Debbie Fuller

    Just added you to my, very long now, TBR List. You sound just like me, or to be more specific, I could’ve written your post. At this stage of my life I only want to read what’s going to end happily and that love will win in the end always. Books that are safe. Thank you for putting my thoughts and feelings into words, even if you didn’t know you were doing it.

  • monica87

    Love this series! I had no idea she was a PR writer. Great giveaway!

  • BJ’s Reviews

    Interesting interview. I haven’t yet had a chance to read any of Catherine Bybee’s works, so I would love to win this!

  • Shari Drehs Bartholomew

    Loved your interview. Of course love your books. Such a great person that I have met a few times!

  • Ren

    Just started this series and love it so far

  • Catherine Bybee

    Thank you all for stopping by, leaving comments, and adding me to your TBR list!

  • Loraine Oliver

    Thanks so much for being part of read a romance month Catherine you authors know how to write true romance!

  • Penney Wilfort

    This sounds good thanks

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Thanks for sharing your story. I am glad things work out for you to become the author you are. I enjoy the books of the two authors you recommended.

  • Martha B

    How courageous to leave home and move to California. Good for you… Good for us that you discovered writing!

  • Meredith Richeson Hillenbrand

    I’m glad romance novels got you through the unstable parts of your life. They serve a variety of purposes and I am glad that they are still so popular. Thanks for using your talents for us!

  • Patty Wilcox

    I also only like books with a happily ever after. I read to escape, to relax and want a book that leaves everyone sorted out and doing good.

  • Rachel F

    Great description, “Though they are safe, they are never boring”. Looking forward to reading your books.

  • Sue G.

    Married 8 times….wow! That is just crazy.

    I love your covers…very pretty! I haven’t read anything by you but sounds like I need to! Thanks!

  • Rochelle

    I love your books. And I couldn’t agree more about wanting my books safe with a nice HEA!

  • Patty Vasquez

    Isn’t it amazing how our pasts shape our choices and to a certain extent even our personalities? Having the opportunity to reinvent yourself at the age of 18 and making the most of it, is more than just adventurous, it’s also smart given your background. Congratulations on your success!

  • librarypat

    It took a lot of courage for you to make the break in such a big way when you were 18. It is something many people need or want to do, but never quite manage. You have succeeded nicely. This second career seems to be proving enjoyable for you as an author and for us too as readers. I hope there are many more books to come.

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  • WinnieP

    “love laced with humor, intrigue laced with stability” – agree!

  • Cindy A

    You are new to me, so I’d love to win! Another new author to enjoy!

  • Mj

    Escaping real life by reading books is a necessity in life. I haven’t read your books yet but will be adding your name to my list.

  • Joan Varner

    Congratulations for taking your life into your own hands at such a young age. I look forward to reading your books.

  • M Kuxhaus

    Wow! I loved reading your story. I haven’t read any of your books, but I’m going to take a look!

  • Ann Mettert

    Looks like a good read.

  • Judy Goodnight

    With a romance, since we know the end is the HEA, we can fully enjoy the journey it takes to get there. Adding your Weekday Brides series to my TBR list.

  • Geraldine Pierson

    Wife by Wednesday is the 1st book I read and l loved it. I am a fan.

  • Stephanie M.

    I enjoyed reading your post. I have your Weekday Brides series on my TBR list and look forward to reading them. 🙂

  • rebecca moe

    I love your Not Quite series–so much fun! Thanks for posting and for writing 🙂

  • Pamby50

    When I received my kindle for Mother’s Day, I thought, I need money to put books on it. I joined some clubs. They offered Wife by Wednesday & I was hooked. I then had to call my BFF saying I am now reading an author with the last name of Bybee. She cracked up as that is her maiden name. You gained several readers as here sisters & daughters have read your books.

  • Evelyn S

    Thanks for sharing!! Love your books!!

  • Erin F

    this sounds awesome 🙂 Congrats to Catherine on her new release. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dawn Anderson

    Thank you for writing ‘safe’ books. They’re the reason why I read romance.

  • meingee

    Great post loved the candid answers.

  • Kim

    That takes a lot of courage to pick up and move so soon after graduation. I also love Jennifer Probst!

  • Linnea Bassin

    I love your weekday bride series!!!