Thursday, June 20, 2024

Q&A with Catherine Bybee




Catherine Bybee is the author of the new novel All Our Tomorrows. Her many other novels include When It Falls Apart. She lives in San Diego.


Q: What inspired you to write All Our Tomorrows, and how did you create your characters Chase and Piper?


A: I truly enjoy writing about the rich and famous…especially when the characters are "newly" rich. Cinderella stories never go out of fashion, IMHO. So, the birth of All Our Tomorrows and The Heirs Series happened.  


Another big reason for this particular book with the conflicts that my characters face is the state of our country. While America has rolled back 50 years of precedence with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, I wanted to write a common scenario with the very real emotions unmarried women have when faced with an unexpected pregnancy.


While the secret baby trope isn’t new, it must shift and change with the times. I hope the outcome satisfies all my readers. 


Q: What do you think the novel says about money and inheritance?


A: In a simple sentence, money and inheritance don’t equate happiness. Chase and Alex inherit their late father’s estate… but they also inherit his stress and problems that come with a billion-dollar company.


Shouldering the livelihood of a thousand employees is a real responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. And since Chase and Alex are relatable characters, it’s easy to feel their pain despite the fancy cars and big houses. 

Q: How would you describe the dynamic between Chase and Piper?


A: Honest and genuine. If you or I won the lottery, we’d wonder if the new people entering our lives are there for our companionship or the money.


With Piper and Chase, there isn’t any question why each of them are there. I love how Chase needs Piper just as much as she needs him. For both their romantic relationship as well as their business life. It’s a very equal relationship and I love that.


This is a bit like a reverse Cinderella story. Yes, Chase is the one with the money, but it’s Piper who teaches him what that truly means. I love that.  


Q: How was the novel's title chosen, and what does it signify for you? 


A: Piper is the character with an uncertain future…until Chase promises all his tomorrows to her. *Sigh*


Q: This is the first in a new series--what's coming next?


A: There are two brothers and one sister in this series. Each of them has a completely different story in how they acclimate to their new “Billion Dollar” lives and the romance they find in their journeys. 


Book two is all about the missing blue-collar brother and the reporter who needs to uncover his secrets. 


Book three… All about Alex (Alexandrea) who has given up on any possibility of a life partner… Well... this is a Bybee book so you know THAT isn’t going to last. *smile*  


Q: Anything else we should know?


A: Absolutely… Unlike most of my series where each book never leaves a hanging plot point, this series has an underlying issue that isn’t resolved until the end of the series. While I still strive to assure that each of my novels can be read as a stand-alone, these three will have a bit of doubt until the last page of the final book. 


And one more thing… be sure and read my Author’s Notes in these books. You might feel my passion for the plot twists and know where they are coming from. 


--Interview with Deborah Kalb

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