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


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 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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