(While Farrah is jetsetting in Turkey) Please help me welcome RITA nominee Farrah Rochon who is stopping by to talk about her writing process that leads to those fabulous books.
Hello to all of you out there and thanks to fellow author and friend, Michelle Monkou, for inviting me to talk about my writing process. I love hearing about how other authors go about their writing, and am happy to share my own crazy process.
1) What am I working on?
It seems as if I’ve been on a perpetual deadline for the last couple of years. Currently I’m working on a continuity series with two fellow Kimani Romance writers, A.C. Arthur and Phyllis Bourne. It’s about three long time girlfriends--a florist, dress designer, and event planner—who call themselves “The Silk Sisters” and run their businesses from a lovely three-story Victorian in a small, fictional, coastal New England town called Wintersage.
I’m also toying with ideas for the next story in my “Moments in Maplesville” novella series, which I plan to publish this summer.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I often joke that I’m horrible at writing category romances, because I try to put way too much into those 55,000 word stories. My work tends to touch on deep subjects that don’t seem typical of category romance, but for some reason it works. Take for instance YOURS FOREVER, my March 2014 release from Harlequin Kimani, and the third title in my Bayou Dreams series. The heroine is a history professor conducting research on her late ancestor; a woman whom she believes started the first school for African American slave children in the country. Despite the contemporary setting, the story relies heavily on history. It has a lush, rich feel to it.
3) Why do I write what I do?
That’s a simple one: I love it. Writing is much too taxing on my brain to write something that I do not absolutely love. I tried that once. When I first started writing, back as a college undergrad, I wrote a suspense thriller, which is what I considered “popular” at the time. I still think that story was pretty good, but it wasn’t until I wrote my first romance that I realized how much more fun writing could be.
4) How does your writing process work?
I’m a former “pantser” who has moved to the other end of the spectrum in a huge way. I now have a very detailed plotting and outlining process that I go through before I ever type a single word. It starts with a blank notepad (yes, each story gets its very own notepad), and ends with about a half-dozen poster boards covered in colorful Post-it notes. I consider this my “skeleton” stage, where I’m creating the backbone of my story. Writing the first draft is “adding the flesh” and I “dress it up and make it pretty” during those final rewrites and revisions.
For your further enjoyment about my writing process, check out the video:
THANK YOU, Farrah! Hope many of you learned a thing or two or more about Farrah. If you're an aspiring writer, she's a great role model in the business.
Farrah's website: http://farrahrochon.com. Twitter: http://twitter.com/farrahrochon; Facebook: http://facebook.com/farrahrochon