We are so fortunate today to have NYTimes and USAToday bestselling author, Catherine Bybee as our guest. Catherine has sold over a million books and is now published by Montlake Publishing. Catherine is a versatile writer who has written across genres. Her latest series is the Weekday Brides. Please welcome her to Smart Girls Read Romance.
The Weekday Bride Series: The Inspiration & Writing Of
By Catherine Bybee, Guest Author
First, thanks for having me here today.
I’m asked all the time what inspired the Weekday Brides Series and I have to tell you… what may have started as a small adventure for me to write my first contemporary ended up being much more.
Wife by Wednesday was quite honestly slated as a Harlequin novel. Hence the reason Wife by Wednesday is the shortest book in the Bride Series. I wanted to try and develop a new twist on a well-loved romance trope…a rich hero and a needy heroine. Only in Wife by Wednesday, we have two very honest characters with very real needs. A marriage of convenience between two smart people trying hard not to fall in love turned out to be quite a ride for me as a writer.
I always assumed there would be a second book in the series but really hadn’t planned who would be next when writing the first book. Carter and Eliza in Married by Monday were a surprise. Had I known they were going to be the next two in the series while writing Wife by Wednesday, I might have added a chapter or two in the first book to let my readers get a taste of them. Now I leave very little questions in my reader’s heads as to who will be the next hero or heroine in the series.
The idea of people getting married as an arrangement isn’t a new concept in romance, but I hope that with each novel I deliver the ‘reason’ my characters get married, or are married, is unique enough to capture my readers attention and keep them reading.
Every character in the Weekday Bride Series has their own set of problems and background that drive them to accept a temporary marriage. I’m inspired by the human ability to adapt and come out ahead of the game in life. Some of my readers are shocked to find some of the novels more suspenseful than the others. To that I will simply say, no two people are going to fall in love in quite the same way. Neil, the hero in Fiancé by Friday, is a former Marine with a darkness inside him that keeps him from loving Gwen. By nature of Neil’s former profession, this book had to have suspense in order to drive the story. Now take Single by Saturday and you’ve done a one eighty on suspense. Yes there is some sprinkled in but this story is driven by family and the relationships within. And then we see a glimpse of Rick and Judy and my readers simply know that I’m going to make darn sure those two hook up.
The Weekday Brides Series might have started out as a simple experiment in making a typical trope work and feel fresh, but has twisted into a complex and entertaining series where no two books are the same.
New 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 novels Wife by Wednesday, Married by Monday, and Not Quite Dating. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.
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