Keira Soleore: Welcome to Frolic, Farrah. As you know, I loved The Boyfriend Project. Please tell our reader about it in your own words.
Farrah Rochon: Basically, The Boyfriend Project answers the question: “What would you do if you learned your boyfriend was cheating on you with not one, but two other women?” That’s what happens to our heroine, Samiah Brooks. But instead of turning on each other, the women band together to form an instant sisterhood that’s all about uplifting each other. Of course, there’s also a hot, slightly mysterious guy who enters the picture. The Boyfriend Project is a romance, after all.
I love reading books where the protagonists have a tight group of friends. It informs so much on their character. What was the impetus behind creating this particular friendship project?
I knew I wanted the three women to be friends, but the depth of their friendship and the chemistry between them developed organically as I wrote the book. I’ve been blessed with great friends in my own life, and in a way, they all contributed to the relationship Samiah shares with London and Taylor.
As I said in my review, I really enjoyed your sensitive and empathetic exploration of a Black woman in tech. What made you choose that field for your protagonist?
It’s one of those things that’s hard to explain. When planning the series, which I knew I wanted to set in Austin, TX (a big tech city), I thought about what occupation I wanted for each heroine. It just made sense to make Samiah a software engineer. It fit her personality.
The undercover plot for your hero was an inspired choice because this does dual duty: an internal conflict for him and an external conflict between the couple. Can you talk about this more?
This was very tricky. I know many romance readers take issue with books where one of the characters is knowingly lying to the other, and for good reason. Deceit and mistrust are not good foundations for a relationship. I knew I had to give my hero, Daniel, an extremely strong and believable reason to keep up the dishonesty. I hope readers can forgive him for it.
How does this new contemporary series fit in with the rest of your oeuvre? Does it share a writing style or a characterization style with other books?
My writing style remains the same no matter what I write. My voice is my voice. However, The Boyfriend Project leans more heavily into Women’s Fiction than any of my other works. The romance is still prominent, but longtime fans will definitely notice the difference.
I heard Jayne Anne Krentz once say that she has a core story (or core set of values, I feel) that she explores in every book she writes. As a reviewer, for example, I always like to look at trust issues and how trust unfolds between the characters. Do you have a core story or core set of values?
I’ve never thought about it quite that way. I think of it more in terms of a gut-level need that my main characters are seeking to fulfill. There’s a set of universal human needs that we all share, things such as security, acceptance, belonging and independence, just to name a few. I try to nail down that gut-level need that is at the core of my characters’ motivations, and I use that to drive their story. For Samiah, it was validation, which seems strange on its face because she’s such a strong character, but her vulnerabilities are slowly revealed throughout the book.
What is next for you? Hope you can provide us a sneak peek into your upcoming book.
Yes! The Dating Playbook is the next book in the series. It features Taylor Powell, my spunky fitness instructor, who is trying her hardest to turn her fitness consulting business into a success. She thinks she’s hit the jackpot when an ex-NFL player hires her to help him get back into playing form, only to find out that he doesn’t want anyone to know they’re working together.
Thank you for joining me here at Frolic.
Thank you so much for having me, Keira!
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About The Author:
Bestselling author Farrah Rochon hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She spends most of her time reading, cooking, traveling the world, visiting Walt Disney World, and catching her favorite Broadway shows. The Boyfriend Project is her latest book. For more on Farrah and her books, please visit FarrahRochon.com.