Multiple RITA nominated Farrah Rochon continues her amazing Holmes Brothers series with Trust Me (The Holmes Brothers). A multi-talented writer, Farrah has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Psychology, and now gets to spend her time reading and writing romance in her favourite coffee shop.
Your new book, Trust Me (The Holmes Brothers), is out now. What was the inspiration for the story?
Trust Me is the fifth book in my The Holmes Brothers (5 Book Series), which originated ten years ago with the publication of my very first novel, Deliver Me. Because of self-publishing, I’ve been able to return to this series, bringing in a slate of new characters while also giving readers the chance to catch up with old favorites. I’m not sure I can nail down the specific inspiration for this story in particular. Both characters appeared in my previous release, Chase Me (Holmes Brothers) (Volume 4), and it was evident from the very beginning that they were meant for each other.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I recently started to seek out “inspiration” photos for my characters so I could have a better feel for them. I don’t have the name of the beautiful model I found as inspiration for my heroine, Mackenna Arnold, but one of my favorite Broadway actors, Bryan Terrell Clark, is the inspiration for my investigative journalist hero, Ezra Holmes.
Do you think romance is pure escapism, or can it play a role in broadening reader’s horizons?
I think romance can do both. It certainly has for me, as both a reader and a writer. I’ve recently read romances by South Asian writers that have opened my world to a culture that I had little knowledge of. I’ve been both entertained and educated through books by authors like Sonali Dev, Alisha Rai and Falguni Kothari.
Which author would you most like to meet?
Being a member of Romance Writers of American has given me the opportunity to meet many of the authors I’ve idolized for years, however, I would love to meet Sandra Brown. I’ve been reading her for years, and to this day, when I’m in a reading rut, I count on her books to lift me out of it. I have yet to be disappointed by her work.
Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one? If not, then which one is closest to your heart?
It’s hard to pick a favorite, not because I love all of my books, but because I don’t. I always find fault in my work, thinking that it could be better. However, I do have a couple of them that I’ve actually reread (at least partially) for the sheer joy of it. My favorite of those is probably A Little Bit Naughty, from my Moments In Maplesville (7 Book Series). There’s something about the chemistry between the hero and heroine that gripped me from the very beginning. I just love their story.
About Trust Me (The Holmes Brothers):
Trust doesn’t always come easy…
As the maverick of the New Orleans City Council, Mackenna Arnold has spent the last four years dismantling the council’s “politics as usual” mentality. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Mack now has her sights set on an even bigger prize: the mayor’s office. But only when the time is right. And only if she can get the pesky freelance journalist hell-bent on investigating her for corruption—who just so happens to be one of the sexiest men alive and her best friend’s younger brother—off her back. But when Mack suspects that her longtime mentor and the city’s current mayor is up to no good, she must convince Ezra Holmes to help her investigate the mayor’s office.
Ezra can admit to having had a thing for Mackenna in his younger days, even though she barely knew his name back then. But his past feelings for Mack have nothing to do with why he’s so committed to exposing her. He suspects she’s used her influence as a public official to cut private deals, and breaking this corruption story would be just the thing to jump start his fading career. But what is Ezra supposed to do when he discovers Mack isn’t the one who’s a crooked politician? There’s only one thing he can do: join forces with the woman he’s been crazy about for far too long.