Farrah Rochon – Romance and the Comfort Read

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The Joy of the Comfort Read

I have a confession to make. At one time I thought myself much too intellectual to read AYCH Cover_SMjpegromance. That’s right, this author of twenty-plus romance novels and novellas is a reformed romance snob.

It wasn’t entirely my fault. This lapse in judgment happened during my college years, when I thought one had to read “serious” fiction in order to be taken seriously. Back in those days, my reading tastes veered more toward the latest Oprah’s Book Club pick. Then, one day, my sister put LaVyrle Spencer’s Separate Beds in my hands, and my life changed forever.

I can’t remember the exact number of times I read that book during those months after I was first introduced to it, but it was enough times that the pages began to fall out. I carried it around with me as if it was a magical talisman, capable of catapulting me into another world whenever I needed an escape. In a way, that book really was magic, because it introduced me to the world of romance. And to the joy of the comfort read.

There is nothing like a good comfort read. We all have them. Those books that you can recite verbatim, yet continue to read over and over again.  You look at the covers and a sense of peace washes over you. I’m not the only person who experiences this, am I?

I don’t know exactly what it was about those early books by the incomparable Ms. Spencer, Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood and Sandra Brown; I just know that those stories touched my soul in a way that, to this day, I still cannot find adequate words to describe.  I remember the first time I moved away from home. I made sure to pack copies of my favorite comfort reads, because I knew that if I ever felt homesick I would find solace within those pages. The characters became friends I could always rely on, and those stories became my security blanket. 

It wasn’t until years later that I recognized that it was the emotion those books evoked that made them comfort reads. The writing was fantastic, and the characters were memorable, but it was the way those stories made me feel that continues to resonate with me. If I pick up one of my many copies of Judith McNaught’s Paradise, the book will automatically open to some of my favorite scenes. That’s because when my world is chaotic and I need to escape, I pull that book off the shelf and reread my favorite parts over and over again. I count on the heart tug that I know those words will induce. The tightening in my chest when Matt and Meredith argue, and the satisfied sigh when they make up. Yes, that is the joy of a comfort read.

As the years go by I find that my reading tastes change. Romance has come a long way Farrah's Comfort Readsfrom the damsel in distress heroines who always needed rescuing, and those jerk heroes who I often times wanted to slap upside the head. However, my comfort reads endure, no matter how out-of-date the stories may be. When it comes to McNaught’s Whitney, My Love, Sandra Brown’s The Witness, or Suzanne Brockmann’s Over The Edge, I’m willing to forgive whatever flaws the characters may have and just lose myself in the amazing worlds those authors created. I’m sensing a reread coming on right now.

What are some of your comfort reads?

Farrah recommends:

Phyllis Bourne    ~    phyllisbourne.com  &

Rebekah Weatherspoon    ~    rebekahweatherspoon.com

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

This is going to sound really cheesy, but it was the first time I saw my book in print. My author copies were delayed because of some sort of mix up, so I didn’t get them months ahead of the release date. A few days before Deliver Me’s release, my sister stopped in at a local independent bookstore and convinced the proprietor to sell her a copy. She then hid the book in plain sight, placing it among the other paperbacks on my bookshelves. When I spotted that spine with my name on it my heart filled with so much joy I truly thought it would burst. It was the best feeling ever!

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

Without a doubt, it’s Walt Disney World. We are HUGE Disney fans in my family. There is nothing like walking down Main Street U.S.A. with my niece and nephew in tow. Even though I visit several times a year, it is never enough.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Aerosmith’s Love In An Elevator. It’s another of those Disney things. The song is featured in Disney’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster ride and is tied to one of the best bonding moments I ever had with my little sister (who happens to work in Disney’s Magic Kingdom). 

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

Actually, it’s a set of books. I discovered Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series several months ago, and it was the first time in years that I felt compelled to read every single book back-to-back-to-back. I could not get enough of them!

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

Christopher Plummer! The Sound of Music is one of my very favorite movies, and Mr. Plummer was one of my earlier crushes.

Farrah is generously giving away an autographed set of my entire Bayou Dreams series (A Forever Kind of Love, Always and Forever, Yours Forever, Forever’s Promise, Forever With You, and Stay With Me Forever), along with a $10 Starbucks gift card to one lucky US reader (apologies to international friends).

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Farrah and MickeyFarrah Rochon hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has garnered much acclaim for her Holmes Brothers and Bayou Dreams series. Farrah has been twice nominated for the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America and the RT BOOKReviews Reviewer’s Choice Award. She can usually be found on Twitter or at a Broadway show.

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