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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chatting with Farrah Rochon: Maplesville's next chapter I Dare You *UPDATE*

My fan girl moment with Farrah Rochon
in New Orleans
Farrah Rochon is, hands down, one of my favorite authors. Not only can she write her face off, she is a die hard football fan. One day some one needs to research the link between romance writers and football. But I digress.
Oh and she really did write "Who Dat" in one of my autographed copies of a book of hers! Got to love it!

Next month, Farrah is taking us back to Maplesville with the provocative I Dare You. The novella will be released on Nov. 10, but you can preorder it from Amazon today.

Author visit alert! Farrah is making her first trip to North Carolina! 

Fall Into Romance 2014
November 7 & 8, 2014
Durham County Library, Southwest Regional, 3605 Shannon Rd.
Join other romance fans for a celebration of the romance genre hosted by Southwest Regional Library. The event kicks off on Friday, November 7th with a party at Six Plates in Durham and continue on Saturday, November 8th at the Southwest Regional Library with a full day of speakers, swag, and a book signing.
For more details, view the complete schedule.

 1. Tell readers about the latest in the Moments in Maplesville series:

I Dare You! is the fourth book in my Moments in Maplesville novella series. I originally planned for three stories, but within just a few hours of the first book’s release, readers were asking about a story for Stefanie, the widowed Army nurse twin sister of Stefan Sutherland, the hero in the first book, A Perfect Holiday Fling. I Dare You! is Stefanie’s story.

The novella opens on the island of Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos where a small number of family and friends have gathered for the wedding of Stefan and Callie, the couple from A Perfect Holiday Fling. Stefanie, who has been in a bit of a rut relationship-wise, takes on a dare from her best friend to have a one-night-stand while on vacation. She doesn’t realize that the hot guy she picks up at a bar on the exclusive resort’s beach is her brother’s boss and ex-Navy pilot buddy, Dustin Patrick. Once they return to Maplesville, the two embark on a series of fun, sexy dares where Stefanie rediscovers the fun-loving girl she used to be.

2. How did you come up with Maplesville?

The town of Maplesville originally showed up in my Bayou Dreams series with Harlequin Kimani Romance. In that series, the little mom & pop shops in fictional Gauthier, Louisiana start to feel the heat when the neighboring town of Maplesville undergoes a growth spurt because of a new outlet mall. I created the Moments in Maplesville series because Maplesville was getting a bum rap. I wanted to show another side of it so that readers could see that it, too, has interesting characters that are not all hell-bent on causing headaches for the people in Gauthier. 

3. Are there differences in the series that you publish independently and the series that you publish with a mainstream publisher? 

I get to push the envelope a bit more with my independently published books, so the language is a little saltier and the characters more down-to-earth. They are not all filled with millionaires and billionaires, but with relatable characters that readers don’t necessarily get to see in today’s romances. For example, in Just A Little Taste, the third Moments in Maplesville book, the hero, Trey Watson, is a divorced father who lives in a converted Bluebird school bus. He’s sexy as hell, and that converted bus is one of the coolest settings I’ve ever written, but as a hero he would never fly in my traditionally published books. The same goes for Jada Dangerfield in A Little Bit Naughty, who sells sex toys as a way to make money while she looks for a permanent job.

4. What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’m looking forward to my Fall/Winter writing schedule because I have a bunch of fun stories on my plate. I’m currently working on the sixth book in my Bayou Dreams series, Stay With Me Forever (Aug. 2015). Readers of both the Bayou Dreams and Moments in Maplesville series will be happy to see some familiar faces in that book. I’m also planning to return to one of my previous series, but I’m not saying which one just yet.

5. What’s been your favorite book that you’ve read this year?

I hate to be so unoriginal, but it has to be Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I usually dislike the much-hyped books, and couldn’t get through her 2008 book, Dark Places, so I started Gone Girl with the expectation of being completely disappointed. Instead, I was blown away. I thought it was brilliantly written and deserves every bit of the hype and praise it has received. 

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PS: There is a sneak peek at I Dare You on Farrah's author page. 

1 comment:

Deborah Mello said...

Can't wait to head to Maplesville! Great interview!