Thank you, Lara for having me here today.
First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?
My name is Catherine Bybee, and I consider myself a Paranormal Romance Writer. My first love in romance is time travel. On December 4th of this year my full length time travel romance Binding Vows will be released in e-book and paper back by The Wild Rose Press. This is the first book in a trilogy I’ve labeled the MacCoinnich Trilogy.
Here is a quick blurb:
Duncan MacCoinnich’s task… Travel to the twenty-first century Renaissance Fair, deflower the Druid virgins, and go home. Only his job is not so easily accomplished with the virgin in question, Tara McAllister. Time is running out. The evil is closing in on them both.Tara finds Duncan irresistible after what was supposed to be a mock Hand-fasting binds them.When Duncan whisks her to his home in Scotland, she could accept that. But, can she forgive him for taking away her modern life, when she finds herself in the sixteenth century?
Kilt Worthy is a short erotic coming out this summer, which has a time travel twist at the end.
I’m currently working on edits to the second book in the MacCoinnich trilogy and have started writing the third.
What are your favorite time destinations and why?
I’d have to say Scotland because that is what I’ve written and what I really enjoy reading. There is something primal about the history there and mystic at the same time.
Where is your work available?
Right now? In my laptop, and in my editors computers. I will be available at www.thewildrosepress.com as soon as my books are released.
What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction?
I’ve read romance since my teens. In all reality, I’ve not read that many time travel romances. There simply aren’t enough authors writing them these days. A few names off the top of my head are, Allie MacKay, Veronica Wolff, Tess Mallory, Karen Marie Moaning and Brenda Joyce. The truth is, once you start writing and publishing books, the time for reading is limited.
What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story?
In my MacCoinnich books, the family is entrusted with ancient sacred stones allowing the family to travel in time. I prefer a tangible reason for my characters to travel in time. I personally don’t care for any type of ‘dream’ time travel. I’m always afraid my characters are going to wake up and find themselves alone.
What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources?
All of my research is on line. I have several sights I’ve used over the last couple of years, but none more than the other. I Google continually when I’m writing. I have a couple of die-hard history buffs I talk to when I’m unsure of something.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
One of the things I love in time travel books is the use of humor. The modern woman thrust into the sixteenth century would certainly have a lot of funny moments.
Here is a little taste of Binding Vows.
“Where are you going, Tara?" "Out!" "I can see that, but where?" She stopped and turned. "Far away from you."He almost collided with her. Before he could react, she was storming off again, as he shouted, "A lady is not safe out here by herself." She stopped. This time he didn't stop in time and fell into her. Hands at her sides, her chest thrust up next to his she gritted between her teeth. "A lady isn't safe around you either." "Now, Tara." He tried pleading with her. "Oh, don't you even ‘now, Tara' me." She stepped to the side and started off, in a different direction. Stalking in circles. He let her walk for several minutes before attempting to speak to her again. "I would be happy to escort you on a walk. But, we need to get you more properly dressed." He knew the effect watching her walk in tight jeans was having on him, he could only imagine what his men must have thought when she stormed the courtyard. "You're a bastard, you know that MacCoinnich?" He wanted to counter what she said, but cautioned himself against it. "Still, we need you in more fitting clothes. If someone were to come along, questions would be raised which would be most difficult to answer." "You should have thought of that before you brought me here." She waved a hand in his general direction. "Right now, I don't give a crap what questions you might have to answer." "I told you how necessary it is for secrecy." He turned to the Keep and noticed some of the men watching, curious about what would happen. He needed to put a stop to this and soon. "Bite me." A completely inappropriate image of him doing exactly that popped into his head. A slow lazy smile inched over his lips. Unfortunately, for him, Tara read his thoughts. She didn't find them nearly as entertaining as he did. "You ass..." She raised her hand to slap his face. He caught her hand before it made contact. "I've had enough of this."
You can find Catherine at her website or blog
KILT WORTHY Coming Soon ~ The Wilder Rose Press
SOUL MATE Coming Fall 2009 ~ Red Rose Publishing
BINDING VOWS Coming 12/04/09 ~ The Wild Rose Press
Thanks, Catherine! It was lovely to have you here. -Laura