Life after Katrina for Farrah Rochon
Please welcome my friend, Farrah Rochon today. She and I first met back when we were debut authors for Dorchester together. Even though we’ve both moved on to other publishers, we still keep in touch.
Bio: Farrah Rochon, award-winning author of the popular Holmes Brothers series, hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has garnered much acclaim for her New York Sabers football series for Harlequin’s Kimani Romance imprint. Farrah was named Shades of Romance Magazine’s Best New Author of 2007, and her debut novel, Deliver Me, claimed the prize for Best Multicultural Romance Debut.
Six years ago, when I sent off the freshly polished manuscript for Deliver Me, my very first novel, I was sitting on top of the world. I had no idea that in a few short weeks my world would be turned upside down. But that it was. During the seven-month period from when I signed my book contract to when Deliver Me hit the store shelves, my hometown, and the city where the book is set, was hit by Hurricane Katrina. And I, along with much of the Gulf South, was forced to adjust to a brand new world.
My editor gave me the option of simply writing an author’s note that stated that Deliver Me had been written before the storm hit, but I knew I had two additional books planned for the series. Instead, I took on the monumental task of reworking the entire book–changing it from pre-Katrina to post-Katrina New Orleans. Bear in mind that, at the time, post-Katrina New Orleans was still very fluid and ever-changing. It was, to say the least, very interesting times.
Fast forward six years…
I just recently had the rights to the books reverted to me, and have republished them in ebook format with brand new covers that convey the heavy influence the Big Easy has on the entire series. It is amazing to see just how far New Orleans has come and how the landscape of the city has changed since I first published my Holmes Brothers series. I elected to leave the books “as is”, because I thought readers would also appreciate the contrast of New Orleans then and now.
If you have never had the opportunity to visit one of the world’s most unique cities, I encourage you all to take a trip down to the Crescent City. In the meantime, get a taste of New Orleans’s unique flavor, rich heritage, soulful music, and strong sense of community within the electronic pages of The Holmes Brothers series.
Thanks so much to Farrah for sharing her gorgeous new covers! While I’ve never been to the Big Easy, it sounds like I could do some armchair traveling through her award-winning stories. Love it!
And if you want to learn more about Farrah, please pop by her website. While you’re there be sure to enter her contest. She’s giving away a Kobo ebook reader there.
Farrah will choose one commenter to receive a $10 gift card from either Amazon or B&N!
New Orleans features prominently in Farrah’s work. What setting for a story, real or fictional, has really stuck with you?
In addition to Farrah’s giveaway, if you leave a comment or question, you’ll be entered in my random drawing. One commenter will receive his/her choice between my eNovellas, A Duke for All Seasons or My Lady Below Stairs, available for either Kindle or Nook.
I’m also blogging at GET LOST IN A STORY with Heather Snow today. Hope to see you there!