Catherine Bybee – The Joy of the Journey

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The Joy of Romantic Discovery

The joy of romance, reading it, writing it, living it, is all about the discovery. The chanceTreasured 400x600 meeting, or the not so chance meeting, of two people who look into each other’s eyes and pause. It’s the excitement of the first time a couple acknowledges their mutual attraction. The first phone call…the first text. With each page in fiction, we experience the Goosebumps the characters feel with the simple holding of a hand, or the butterflies of a first kiss. We remember the times in our own lives when we were in the same beginning stages of a relationship. Even more than the physical, romance is the moment in the story where the hero or heroine does something selfless for the other person that makes the reader sigh with uncontrollable delight.

We can’t talk about romance without talking about love. While they are two different things, we all anticipate love being the end result of every book we read or write. Again, like in fiction, in life, there are times when a man and a woman want to find that one person to lift their heart every day. There is joy in romance even if it doesn’t end in love and a trip down to the jewelry store and minister.

Love is the cultivation and harvesting of romance. Romance, if done properly, will grow and spread like seeds in fertile soil. With kind words and a happy heart, it will flower and bloom until giant pink hearts are blooming all over the field. When the sun is too hot, or life becomes complicated and attempts to wilt the romance, two characters shelter the other, or hold hands and weather the storm making them stronger in the end. Like with every plant, not every romance is meant to be. The joy becomes watching the romance and discovering if the love is going to last.

The joy is the journey of romance, to love, to happily ever after. 

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

I’m sure many people would respond to this question with the topic of their children…as in giving birth… Which is BS… that shit hurts. Babies don’t sleep, and being a personal feeding bag might sound fun for a while… it’s not. Not at 2 AM… so sheer joy?

I think I need to give you a few times where I can say sheer joy happened. Let’s start waaaay back. I remember a slumber party when I was probably nine. The cool kids I invited showed up, and we had a really great time. Sheer Joy!

I remember TPing a neighbor’s house with a group of friends. (We all were hit that summer so don’t go thinkin’ it was anything but clean fun) We managed to do quite the epic job without getting caught. Sheer Joy!

I won’t say my first kiss…cuz the act was a blur…but the talking about it with my BFF’s, Sheer Joy! Let’s skip ahead… Getting into the nursing school I wanted! Getting a “B” in Professor Boring’s Anatomy class you had to be there Sheer Joy! Walking on stage and delivering a speech to said Nursing class, nerve racking…but walking by the Pasadena Civic twenty plus years later with my BFF from nursing school and remembering… Sheer Joy!

Life is a series of Sheer Joy…it’s the reason we start each day with coffee, tea, or water, and look forward to the adventure. Your next Sheer Joy is just around the corner.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

I don’t have a place…but scent. The scent of pine reminds me of Christmas with family and mountain breezes. The smell of rain reminds me to bake cookies and of reading a book.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

The sound of a jet taking off is attached to traveling and adventure.

The sound of snow falling. It’s silent, and peaceful…but it has a sound to it.

Music is my personal time machine. I’m suddenly 16 again when the radio plays that certain song.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

You’re asking me for a favorite, and I don’t have just one. Are You There God, it’s me Margaret made my young self realize I wasn’t alone. There was joy in that. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe forced me to think outside the box. There is joy in knowing a trip through a closet could be so adventurous. Any book, romance or other, that takes me away when I need escape is a complete joy.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

Oh…well now… I happen to know a man by the name of Chris…and I’m keeping him ALL to myself. However, if Hemsworth needs a red carpet date… I’m just sayin’.

Catherine is generously offering two copies of Treasured by Thursday, domestic only (apologies to international readers).

Bybee PhotoNew York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in 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 Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her teenage sons in Southern California.  

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