Bestselling author Farrah Rochon first captured readers’ hearts with her book Deliver Me and has continued to enrapture us with her romantic storylines. We sat down with her to chat about her newest release, The Boyfriend Project, one of our She Reads Most Anticipated Books of Summer coming out June 9, 2020.

What was the inspiration behind The Boyfriend Project?

The Boyfriend Project was inspired by the numerous “live-tweet gone viral moments” I’ve witnessed over the years on Twitter. Although third-party spectators posted most of those, I thought it would be interesting to have someone in the thick of it do the tweeting. In The Boyfriend Project, readers encounter three women—Samiah, Taylor and London—who become fast friends. These characters and their tight friendship was inspired by my personal friendships and those I’ve witnessed between close family members.

Did you always know you wanted to write books?

I’ve always been a writer and a lover of stories, but I didn’t see myself as a novelist. I didn’t decide to seriously pursue a career in writing until a week after earning my Master’s degree in Psychology.

Which authors are you most inspired by?

Current authors who inspire me the most are Beverly Jenkins, Brenda Jackson, Lynn Emery and other African American romance authors who have persevered throughout their careers.

If you had to choose 5 of your favorite books of all time, what would they be and why? 

My “Top Five” list consists of the books that introduced me to the romance genre. Most (if not all of them) would be considered problematic by many these days, but without these books I’m not sure I would ever have fallen in love with romance. Although I adore many more, these remain at the top:

Paradise by Judith McNaught
Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
Once and Always by Judith McNaught
Separate Beds by LaVyrle Spencer
The Witness by Sandra Brown

 Which books are you most looking forward to reading next?

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria, coming in August
How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams, coming in December

Author photo credit: Tamara Roybiskie

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