Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Cathrine Bybee and Julia London. On this page, you will find Catherine's interview. You can find the Julia London interview by clicking here.
Hi Cathrine. Thanks for dropping over and answering some questions for the NOR readers. First off, Please give a description of your book.
Doing It Over
Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down on her luck single mom wants a complete do over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed and breakfast, she just might have turned a corner on a new life.
Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly charming contractor and builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home. Even if home means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amidst a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?
Under what circumstances is your heroine returning to her hometown?
Melanie is returning to River Bend first out of obligation since her best friends made her promise to attend their ten-year high school reunion, and second… because her life sucks in a huge way and she needs a do-over. She needs a fresh start in her old hometown.
How does your heroine feel about her return?
As much as Mel is excited to see her old friends, she’s frustrated that she’s returning to River Bend having failed at every goal she set for herself to accomplish.
What does “home” mean to her?
Home to Mel has less to do with her real family as it does her best friends. Growing up in a small town where everyone knows everybody and everything about each other made life difficult as a kid, but offers her a sense of belonging she hasn’t felt since she left. Since Miss Gina’s Bed and Breakfast served as a second home to her as a kid, returning feels perfectly normal even though her biological family has long sense moved away.
What is she sacrificing going home again? What is she gaining?
Mel leaves California with no regrets and nobody behind. Her dead-end job is easily replaced in the service industry and even easier to walk away from. In contrast, Mel gains the things in life she took for granted as a teenager. Friendship and knowing someone will always have your back are just two of the things she gains by returning to River Bend.
Do you have any similar experiences that you drew from to write this novel?
This entire series, Doing it Over (Book One), Staying for Good (Book Two) and Making it Right (Book Three) have all been inspired by a collection of experiences from my young years with my two best friends. Best friends who are more family to me than who I was born to. From Melanie killing her car over Grant’s Pass, (Be sure and read my acknowledgments) to her devotion to her friends…this book and those that follow, are incredible personal to me.
Thanks again for joining us. Please feel free to add any additional information about your title!
I hope you enjoy reading Doing it Over as much as I enjoyed writing it.