New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written thirty-four books that have collectively sold more than seven million copies and have been translated into more than eighteen languages.
CP: Hi, Catherine, it’s exciting to meet you!
CB: It's my pleasure. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me today.
CP: When talking about yourself, you always outline that first of all you are a mother. Is it important to you, that your sons are proud of the work you do as a writer?
CB: It certainly factors in now. I think the key word there is "sons". Considering I've made a name for myself in romance novels... well you can imagine how that was received growing up. Their guy friends gave them a hard time and tried to read the kissing parts out loud which grossed them out. Their girlfriends always wanted copies. But as the dust settled, their views have changed. And now that they are 23 and 20, they are very proud of what it is that I do. At the end of the day, I'm just mom. And writing is my work.
CP: Being best-selling author with more than 7 million sold copies of your books, your story echoes with the one of J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter creator. Similarly, she’s been a mother while her success in writing was not something she took for granted. Have you thought of this parallel? Do you somehow associate yourself with Joanne?
CB: I can honestly say I've never thought of that parallel. At least not with J.K. Rowling in particular. However, I have met many writers that were also parents. We carve out time in the day and night, between kids, school, sports...and we write. In the end becoming successful is a surprise to us all. Never in a million years did I dream or believe I'd have the reader base that I do. Writers write because we have stories in our heads that need to come out. It doesn’t surprise me any longer that many of our stories are the same.
CP: When you were young, you moved to South California to become a movie star. Do you still have this dream?
CB: Do I stand in front of the mirror singing into my brush? Or shout out one-liners like, “No one puts Baby in the corner.” Yup. But I no longer have the desire to act for a living. I could see myself on a community theater stage as a cameo. I absolutely loved “becoming someone else” on stage. But now I can become every character and direct their actions and words with every page I write. So in a crazy kind of way, I achieved that dream.
CP: It was not always that you earned your living by writing. At some point you worked as a full-time nurse. Did you translate this experience in one of your books?
CB: Absolutely. My years as an Emergency Room RN in a level two trauma center often finds ways into my work. There is simply too much material in those years to now draw on it in fiction. I have characters that were nursing students, trauma nurses, ER doctors, doctors and Nurses Without Boarders. I’ve placed other characters in the hospital with sick kids, accident victims, and survivors of abuse. Not Quite Enough and Not Quite Forever are two that stand out. But several more have bits and pieces of my life as a nurse.
CP: When was this moment when you realized that writing is something you would like to do full time?
CB: I remember that day. I had written my first manuscript. A whole book with a beginning and a middle and an end. Characters grew and stuff happened and the book was awful and will never be published. But I learned that I could write a whole book and immediately got started on the next one. It was two chapters into Binding Vows I realized I wanted to do this forever. I re-read those chapters and told myself that I could do this. I told my then husband that I was going to be a writer. He asked what we were having for dinner.
CP: What experience did you put as a base of My Way To You?
CB: On July 22, 2016, the Sand Fire erupted out of the hillsides and onto my property of twenty years. My home was backed up against the Angeles National Forest with dense and moisture starved vegetation. California was in its seventh year of drought and that fire consumed over fifty miles of hillsides before it arrived at my doorstep. I was just pulling out of the fog my divorce had created and doing everything I could to keep my children in their childhood home so they could graduate from high school without a traumatic move. Only the universe had other plans. My home was spared, but much of my property and barns were not. I truly thought the fire was the hardship, but then mother natured dumped 200% of her normal rainfall and my property was covered in tons of mud for the next six months. Like with every difficult time, there are heroes in the mix. From the firefighters to the public works employees, I had so many blessings in that dark time. So what’s a writer to do? I wrote a book. I did everything in my power to give a voice to the silent heroes and show the world what it is like to survive such a difficult time.
CP: What is your biggest dream right now?
CB: I want to continue to do what I do and reach even more readers. I have very personal stories I want to share to inspire others to rise up and achieve great things. But at the very basic level, I want my family healthy and happy so we can grow old together.
CP: What would be your advice for the beginner authors who are afraid to take a big step and make writing their career?
CB: My answer to this is always the same. WRITE! Write the books and learn your craft. Rejections are part of the landscape so expect them, but don’t let them knock you down. Learn and grow and keep writing. This is the absolutely best job in the world and if you’re a storyteller, you owe it to yourself to try.
CP: Thank you so much for the interview! We wish you lots of success with the launch of My Way To You!
CB: Thank you for having me.
My Way To You by Catherine Bybee is on sale March 10, 2020. For more information visit: www.catherinebybee.com.
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On the coverof "Como Life" March Issue: Aurelien David, French recording artist, singer and pianist. Aurelien shares his time between Germany, France and Israel. Aurelien David’s first album “Adon Olam” is an eclectic mix of pop ballad, influences from French Chansons and reinterpreted traditional Hebrew texts and melodies, accompanied by a piano arrangement inspired by classical composers.
His way of music started as early as at the age of 7. Later, Aurelien received classical training with renowned international concert pianists and singers. At 16 he made his mind to pursue a career as an artist. With the need of intellectual food, young Aurelien began to study engineering, politics and business. And upon receiving his master's degree at 21, Aurelien began his successful international career. 7 years later he founded his own company for international development cooperation. Since then, he has been traveling around the world working for government institutions, helping to realise sustainable projects. For a long time, he has been dreaming about reconnecting with his first passion by producing his own music. Inspired and surrounded by great people, he finally decided in 2018 to launch his own label and realise a project that is very important to him, the album "Adon Olam”.
Aurelien has always had a deep connection to Judaism and has always captivated by this musical heritage. The mission of his music is to radically break down all boundaries between religions, music styles, languages, the old and the new.
CL: Thank you for making the cover of March issue! How is it going with recording the full album? When could we expect it to go on air?
AD: My first Album Adon Olam, was fully released in Autumn 2019. It was a very important project for me and a first step into the music business. I created this album out of a very personal motive without really thinking about how it would be received by the public. So it was so overwhelming to receive so many messages from people from all over the world that were listening to my music. Some of them knew the melodies and texts already, but liked these innovative arrangements very much, others discovered the music for the first time. I am already working on my next EP, which will be released in 2020. It will be quite a shift in music style compared to my previous album, and I am very excited about it! It will be a surprise.
CL: Being a successful businessman and travelling all over the world is more than a full-time commitment for many. You, on the contrary, successfully work and manage to have time for your hobbies. Could you share your time management secrets how to juggle it all?
AD: I believe everything is about motivation and balance, I don’t see the long hours doing music or business as a burden, on the contrary, it nourishes my inspiration and creativity. Sport is a necessity, and meeting my friends and family is a very important part of the balance. I can’t stand still, I see each and every minute as an opportunity to do something, to learn something, I love to read or listen to audio books while travelling, mostly about history, art, politics or biographies. I always have 1000 projects and ideas in my mind, and it is something I need, it’s my engine. I try to live each and every day as it would be not the last but the only one.
Read the full interview in "Cosmo Life" March issue.