Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I'm Farrah Rochon, and my first novel, a sassy romance set in New Orleans, was recently published by Dorchester under their Leisure Imprint line. As for myself, I've come to realize over the years that I have an addictive personality, so it's a good thing I've never been offered illegal drugs. My older sister is convinced I'd get hooked in a minute. I was, however, introduced to books, and I became addicted at a very young age.
Unlike a lot of other writers, penning a novel wasn't necessarily something I've dreamt of accomplishing since I was a little girl. I had dreams of becoming a fashion designer and living in New York City. After high school, those dreams turned to earning a Ph.D. in Consumer Psychology and working in corporate America. But, as a sophomore, a professor encouraged me to write a novel. She believed in my writing ability, even more than I did. I did manage to finish college and earn a Master's degree, but that Ph.D. never came to pass. I always say I'll go back to get my doctorate, but I'm having way too much fun these days to even attempt filling out the applications for graduate school. I think I'm going to stick with writing for a while.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
The heroine of Deliver Me, Monica Gardner, because she ends up with the delectable Dr. Elijah Holmes. Oh, and because she has a good job (she's a doctor, too).
What's your favorite genre to read?
Romance -Contemporary, Historical, and Paranormal, depending on my mood.
Who or what influences you when you write?
My aunt Lois was my biggest influence. She fostered my love of reading, and when she discovered I was writing, championed my efforts. She succumbed to cancer before my book was published, but I've felt her with me throughout my journey to publication.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I write for 2 « - 3 hours every morning at my favorite writing spot - a local Starbucks. I try to write at least five pages a day, which I usually can do, unless there's just way too many people getting their java fix. I can write with a little background chatter and XM Satellite radio in my ear, but things become more difficult when it sounds like I'm in the middle of a three-ring circus.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I'm never really blocked. I sometimes get frustrated with the story when I feel the words aren't flowing as freely as I would like them to. When that happens, I tend to go back and edit until something sparks. It usually takes me about twenty minutes or so before I'm able to produce something new.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
My next book is the second in my Holmes Brothers' trilogy, tentatively titled, Release Me. It centers on the youngest brother, Tobias "Toby" Holmes, an ex-basketball pro turned aspiring music mogul. Toby's client is picked to star in an American Idol-type reality TV show, and to ensure her success, Toby must team up with his childhood friend, marketing executive, Sienna Culpepper to come up with a viable promotional plan. Of the six manuscripts I have completed, Toby's book was the hardest, but I think it's the best yet.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Dorchester Publishing chooses to buy my next two books, which will finish out my Holmes Brothers series. I'm currently writing the last book.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career
Multi-published, definitely. I would also love to be living in one of my favorite cities, New York.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
An alpha male who loves dogs, because, umm.I love alpha males, and I love dogs.
What do you do for inspiration?
Whenever I need to find a little inspiration, I tend to take a walk and pray. I live along the Mississippi River, and walking along the levees that border the river put me at ease.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
I would love to write a historical romance, but I'm much too lazy to do the research required.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
Well, the first book I wrote back in college was supposedly a mainstream suspense/thriller, but I'm not sure I pulled it off. I'd love to write one of those.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I do as little research as I can possibly get away with, because again, I'm lazy. There's a tendency for writers to get bogged down in the research process and use it as an excuse not to write. I have so many things I already use as excuses to skimp on writing, I'm afraid too much research will just be something else to stop me from hitting those page quotas.
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Thankfully, the only real deadlines I've had so far are self-imposed ones which tend to move at my whim. I don't believe in the whole muse thing. I'll admit, some writing days are better than others, but I think that has more to do with issues I have going on outside of writing than a muse.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
The first "submission" of my work was to a contest. I placed fourth, which gave me the confidence to show my work to others, including a few friends and family members.I have an amazing group of friends who I met about six years ago through my favorite author's bulletin board. They have been my staunchest supporters, and many of them encouraged me to submit my first romance to a publishing house.
What would you like to tell your readers?
Buy my book. It's good. I promise. No, seriously, I'd love readers to know that I am first, and foremost, a lover of romance novels, and when I'm writing them, I try to focus on the one thing I look for in a romance: the emotional journey of two worthy people looking for love.I hope it comes through in the stories I write.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Best advice: Don't listen to reviewers. Worst advice: Don't listen to reviewers.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I just started my seventh manuscript, and each has been written differently. I still haven't found a method of writing that I can say is "my" method, but so far, what tends to work is to just start writing and jot down a loose outline of upcoming chapters/scenes as I go along.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I've belonged to a critique group for a little over four years, and it has been a tremendous help to my writing. Each person in my critique group has something different they tend to look for when critiquing. One is wonderful at correcting sentence structure, and grammatical issues, while another is really good at catching logic jumps. Even though my critique group did not read Deliver Me before it was published (my older sister was my only reader), they definitely influenced my writing.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
My first published novel is entitled Deliver Me. It was released this past February 27, 2007 from Dorchester Publishing.