Catherine Bybee is the author of Not Quite Dating, and she recently stopped by the virtual offices for a chat. See what she had to say!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Catherine Bybee] I write sexy, sometimes snarky, but always believable, romance. Wife, Mom and Wine Drinker… not always in that order. New York Times Bestselling Author
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Not Quite Dating?
[Catherine Bybee] Working the graveyard shift as a waitress, single mother Jessie Mann has no time to waste on a Texan with big dreams and a skinny wallet. And that’s just what she sees when Jack Morrison ambles into the diner where she works. After a childhood of financial instability, Jessie swore she’d do better by her son. But with Christmas just around the corner, saying no to Jack and his cowboy good looks is easier said than done.
As the heir to the Morrison luxury hotel empire, Jack Morrison is tired of women drooling over his wealth. He wants a woman who will love him for him—and he thinks he’s found her when he meets Jessie. To be sure, he conceals his true identity and offers to help Jessie find the rich husband she seeks.
But will Jack’s matchmaking game backfire and cost him the ultimate Christmas gift?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Catherine Bybee] *clears throat* Well, I did work the graveyard shift at a Denny’s at one point in my life. I met plenty of characters, many like my hero Jack. You can’t always judge a person by how they’re dressed or the hour in which they may amble into a diner. When I decided to write a holiday romance, I wanted it full of all the things I love about this time of year. Add a slightly desperate but strong willed single mother and a rich hero and booyah.
I wanted to see what one little omission of a personal truth could do to a story. I did that with Not Quite Dating.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Jessie?
[Catherine Bybee] Honest, trusting, girl-next-door loveable.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Jessie had a theme song, what would it be?
[Catherine Bybee] Oh, that’s hard. I might actually have to listen to the radio for a while to come up with one. Maybe I should ask my readers what Jessie’s theme song is.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Jack won’t leave the house without.
[Catherine Bybee] His Stetson.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Jack’s bedroom?
[Catherine Bybee] A Hooker
A DVD of Porn
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Catherine Bybee] Life. I swear it’s much more entertaining than fiction. I can listen to a song and think of a theme for a story. I find my inspiration while people watching in restaurants or while shopping…at a bar. So much fun!
Keep in mind that before I was able to be a full time writer I spent many years working in urban emergency rooms as an ER RN. So I have plenty of material to work with.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Catherine Bybee] Time
Quite and sometimes Pandora Radio playing on my computer
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Catherine Bybee] The last book I couldn’t put down was The Hunger Games. I seldom read outside my genre but this book was a must read.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Catherine Bybee] Any one of Kathleen Woodwiss’s Historicals. I read them all when I was in High School and from then on I ate up every romance I found.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Catherine Bybee] Travel. I’ve always wanted to see the world and now I have an even better excuse to do that.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
Waitress and single mom Jessica “Jessie” Mann is practical to a fault. Even if she had time to date, which she doesn’t, she’d be determined to provide her son with a more secure upbringing than the one she had—and that would mean a husband with big bucks. When Jack Morrison—a sexy-as-sin, seemingly broke customer with a cowboy hat and a seductive grin—tries to flirt with her, she shoots him down. She doubts a carefree dreamer like Jack can provide the financial stability she needs. Yet with Christmas just weeks away, and Jessie not wanting to spend it alone, the charming Texan is proving hard to resist.
As the heir to the Morrison luxury hotel empire, Jack is used to being fawned over. But Jack needs someone who will fall in love with him—not his wealth. He’s set his sights on Jessie, though her hardened heart just might get in the way…To be sure, he conceals his true identity and offers to help Jessie find the rich husband she seeks. But Jack’s daring charade may rob him of the holiday wish he wants most of all…