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.

from Farrah…

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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.

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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.

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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’s also offering a bundle edition of her ebooks for a limited time for only $7.99. A terrific deal! Check it out at: Amazon , B&N, and Smashwords.

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?

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A Duke for All Seasons

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My Lady Below Stairs

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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!

52 thoughts on “Life after Katrina for Farrah Rochon

  1. Quilt Lady says:

    Oh wow what amazing covers! What is your favorite part of writing?

  2. Chelsea B. says:

    I love New Orleans! But also: Scotland. The accents…. For them, I am a sucker ;-)

    1. Chelsea, I would LOVE to go to Scotland! It’s on my list! :-)

  3. Maria D. says:

    Congratulations on getting your rights back to the books and re-releasing them with new covers. They look great! I think for me the setting that stays with me the most is actually New Orleans post Katrina. I’ve read several romance novels set there post Katrina and have been affected by how the characters dealt with their situations!

    1. Thanks, Maria! I think NOLA, pre or post Katrina is my favorite urban setting, as well.

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      The best stories start with imbalance in the characters’ lives. Katrina certainly stood the world on its head for lots of folks.

  4. catslady says:

    I got to visit New Orleans in the early 70’s when my husband was stationed in Gulfport. It’s a wonderful city and some day I hope to visit again. Congratulations on your books and your perserverance!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’d love to hear some authentic NO jazz.

  5. Limecello says:

    Hi Farrah and Mia – loved the post. I’ve only been to New Orleans once, and didn’t get to do much. (I was only in high school) and definitely want to go back. I actually desperately wanted to go to Tulane for undergrad, and would’ve been right there during Katrina. It really struck me that year. I always love hearing about the positive updates and how the city has changed. Also, though, what work still needs to be done. Too easy to just forget and move on. Love the new covers to your books! Yay for digital re-releases.

    1. Lime, I agree. There is definitely more work to be done in the city. The blighted, abandoned houses are still in certain areas, but when I think about how much of a ghost town NOLA was in those days after Katrina, it’s encouraging to see how the city has come back.

      You should definitely come down for a visit!!! Just a thought…Authors After Dark is here next year!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      We were living in the Ozarks of Missouri when Katrina hit and lots of people came through our little town right after it. Many of them stayed, afraid to go back after the devastation.

      Glad to hear NO has rebuilt a good bit of what was lost.

  6. Ann Best says:

    Farrah: You are indeed a survivor, and have used your experiences to great success. These covers are scrumptious. They do make me want to open them. And the Holmes Brothers series sound wonderful. I’m glad I met you.
    Ann Best, Memoir Author

    1. Thanks so much for dropping in, Ann! Scrumptious! Perfect word to describe those covers. :-)

  7. Hi, Farrah!

    I remember Deliver Me’s first release. I loved the story – the characters and the locale. Very best wishes with the e-book version of this great series! I also look forward to reading more of your New York Sabres series.

    Keep thrilling the masses!

    Patricia

    1. Thanks, Patricia! I am having a ball with the New York Sabers series (it’s football–how could I not?), and am SO beyond thrilled to now offer the Holmes Brothers series to all of my new readers. Thanks for dropping in!

      1. Mia Marlowe says:

        Have you been watching Necessary Roughness? It’s a football show, but with such an interesting sports psychology twist.

        1. Mia, I saw the very first episode, but that’s it. I’m hoping to spend an entire weekend catching up on it. Funny thing is, before I started writing category romances, I thought about writing a single title featuring a football player and sports psychologist (one of the concentrations I considered in graduate school).

  8. Greetings from Crescent City, CA. Yes, I have traded Gulf living to live by another great body of water…the Pacific.

    I do love New Orleans, pre Katrina, and hope to go back since that beautiful city is emerging once again as a unique, and warmly welcoming city that hugs the Mississippi. The music, the people, the food, the French Quarter are all like no other in the world.

    Love your new covers, Farrah, and I wish you much success. I hope to join you and other dynamic writers who’ve regained rights to our work and are giving those works new life in the digital world.

    Cheers.

    1. Joyce, best of luck in bringing out your older titles in digital format. I think the frustration and headaches I endured during the legal battle to get the rights back have made this digital relaunch even sweeter.

      Hope you visit the Big Easy soon! It is better than ever!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Glad to hear your recent move went well, Joyce.

  9. Jen says:

    Hi Farrah! So glad you got your rights back, and your covers are gorgeous!! Fun to see your name in my inbox this morning and to see you’re doing well. Joanna and I will be looking forward to catching up with you again at RWA this year. Best of luck!!

    Jen Lois

    1. Hi Jen! Great to “see” you! I’ll be sure to seek both you and Joanna out at RWA 2012. I hope things are going well with the study!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      We ought to have a Lollie reunion at RWA this year so we can swap war stories.

  10. Vannie says:

    Farrah, I love the new covers of the Holmes Brothers series, they threw me off for a hot second. I am delighted and happy you were able to have rights returned to you.

    I have always wanted to travel to New Orleans, the one time I had the chance, I was unable to go. This series helped me to see New Orleans through your eyes.

    Thanks for sharing Mia and Farrah.

    1. Thanks, Vannie! I am happy I was able to showcase my beloved New Orleans, but there is nothing like experiencing the city for yourself. You should definitely make plans to join us down here! :)

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      You’re welcome, Vannie.

  11. Farrah, I’m so happy that you were able to get your rights. I love the covers, by the way.

    I’ve been to New Orleans several times–most recently a few years ago for the Essence Music Festival. Great city and great food!

    1. Delaney, the Essence Music Festival is a great time to visit New Orleans. I am hoping I can convince them to finally feature some romance authors during the festival. Still working on it, but I’ll get through to them eventually.

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      I love cajun and creole food, but they seriously disagree with the DH. He jokingly says if I want to be rid of him, I won’t need arsenic. A bottle of cajun seaoning will do the trick.

  12. I love New Orleans… I’ve been there many times — as a matter of fact, I was only about an hour north of N.O. during Katrina. I even made up a city near N.O. for my paranormals because I love the area so much.

    Beautiful new covers!!

    1. Wow, Barbara! Didn’t realize you were in the NOLA area during Katrina. Those were some hairy times, weren’t they? Thanks for the cover love. I absolutely adore them. My favorite is the one for the bundle package. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0064F5CWG/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_g351_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1GV8JGXNZSKZEQBKVTER&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Made up cities are fun. Did you draw up a schematic of your fictional city so you knew how the streets intersected and where the main public areas were located?

  13. Morning all,

    Thanks to Mia for inviting me to be a guest on her wonderful blog. I am so grateful for the readers who first discovered me through my Holmes Brothers series, and am super excited that these books are getting a second chance.

    Barbara, I had only a few short weeks to rewrite DELIVER ME so that it reflected a post-Katrina New Orleans. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do as a writer, but it was worth it.

    Patricia, as you know, my other series is set in New York. It is one of my absolute favorite cities!

    Thanks for stopping by, ladies. And thanks once again for hosting me, Mia!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      My pleasure, Farrah. I’m so delighted you have the rights to your work back and you’ve offered them to readers in these exciting new eBooks.

  14. PatriciaW says:

    Hi Farrah! I’ve only been to NO twice, both pre-Katrina, but I enjoyed my time there. I love books that really showcase the locale, though, and I certainly loved the Holmes series.

    I enjoy books set in New York City area since I grew up right outside the city.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I heard a couple editors from some of the Big 6 publishers talking about NY set books once. They warn that the author had better do her homework because if they screw up a detail, it’ll be glaringly obvious to them since it’s their backyard.

  15. Barbara Britton says:

    Hi Farrah,
    I have never been to New Orleans so your books sound fascinating for setting alone. I am totally impressed that you rewrote your books to post-Katrina events. The revisions had to take a lot of time and effort.
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Barbara!

  16. M. Kelley says:

    The Holmes series is not only a great romance, it is also an ode to a wonderful city – New Orleans, and its character, resilience, and personality show throughout the stories. Thank you and I look forward to reading more of your novels.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Sometimes, the setting becomes a character in a story. New Orleans surely does that in Farrah’s work.

  17. nechelle morris says:

    Good morntin …… I’m a huge Farrah fan :) & not just b/c she’s from my home town but b/c I truely enjoy her books…ur an awesome writer & I def enjoyed the Holmes series

    1. :::waving::: Thanks for dropping by, Nechelle! Great to see you here!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Farrah is terrific, isn’t she?

  18. Congratulations!
    I wish you continued success.
    I love New Orleans pre- and post-Katrina. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Rekaya! I agree, there is much to love about both pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans! It is one of the most resilient places I’ve ever known.

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Hey Rekaya. I had to pop over to your blog. What a fun mix of recipes, books and relationship advice! Thanks for visiting here.

  19. Hi, Farrah,Hi, Mia, :)

    Wow, what an amazing path you’ve had. Going through Katrina and re-writing the story to fit. I’m intrigued. The books sound wonderful! Congrats on all your successes and super good luck going forward! Beautiful covers, btw….. :)

    I’m a Dorchester author also who has gained reversion of rights and republished my back list. It’s a fun and exciting time. Take care!

    1. Thanks!!! Your covers are simply gorgeous. I was so inspired by what you and other former Dorchester authors were able to accomplish. Thanks for all that you shared, and continued success!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Caroline! I’m excited to hear that your Dorchester books are available again too!

      Ok, gang, here’s the link to Caroline’s eBooks.

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