Instagram Poet

I’m 47, but it’s never too late to become an Instagram poet, right? 🙂
Each week, I’ll share a poem or excerpt from my recently completed manuscript “You Still Look The Same” on Instagram. Come follow my bumpy road as I come out as a poet? There are also many, many, photos of my dog Maggie.

Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings

You say: let’s fall back

into timelessness

see 2 am twice.


But I have so much to do

before the hour is up:

finish my report, colour-code the closet,

regrout the tub, read that book.


With wide eyes

and a goading grin

you ask:    but what if

this hour        is a silver locket

holding every

shiny wish?


Let’s shut down the club

you and me

and all of humanity

sweating gratitude

onto beer-drenched floors.


Let’s swallow a drug,

make the universe vaster

climb over your neighbour’s fence

pull off sweaters

somersault underwater.


I close my eyes, think:

any wish?

I’d meet my mom on a park bench

sit hip to hip

show her all the Girl Guide badges

she didn’t get to see.


I’d gather together

strangers and intimates,

offer fragrant garlands,

blossoming apologies

for when I was clumsy,

petty and mean.


I’d use every expansive second

to learn kindness,

for in spring

we’ll lose time

rushing, rushing forward.


Farzana Doctor

The All Inclusive US un-tour starts this week!

For All Inclusive‘s US release, I’m “going” a month-long US virtual tour! Each weekday from October 9-November 3, I’ll be visiting a different writing/book blog. There will be interviews, reviews and short pieces about the process of writing the novel. I hope you’ll join in with your comments and questions. Here’s a list of the stops:

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October 9: This and That Book Blog
October 10: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!
October 11: It’s Raining Books
October 12: The Avid Reader
October 13: Beyond Romance
October 16: Writers and Authors
October 17: Long and Short Reviews
October 18: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
October 19: Kit ‘N Kabookle
October 20: Book Lover Promo
October 23: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
October 24: T’s Stuff
October 25: Dawn’s Reading Nook
October 26: Sharing Links and Wisdom
October 27: Fabulous and Brunette
October 30: Readeropolis
October 31: Books, Dreams,Life
November 1: Edgar’s Books
November 2: BooksChatter
November 3: Harlie Williams, Writer

Interview with On She Goes

A big thanks to Bani Amor for interviewing me for On She Goes: Travel Stories for All Women of Colour. Check it out here.

Bani will be joining me, along with Tiffanie Yanique and Julia Hori for readings and conversation about decolonizing travel and tourism on October 12th, 7-9pm at the Asian American Writers Workshop in NYC!

All Inclusive’s US Release!

I have some good news! All Inclusive will be released in the US on August 5th.

You can find reviews and a synopsis here (the book’s been out in Canada for over a year).

I’m hoping to promote the book through a few events in the fall, as well as by Skyping into book clubs and doing some media/blog interviews. If you are in book club, invite me! My publisher has a book club guide and will offer a free book to the book club’s host.


Interview on Storylines, Hunters Bay Radio

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by writer colleague Cristine Cowley, who hosts a weekly radio show about authors, books and writing. We discussed social media and self-promotion, how to cope with writers block and the importance of writer community. Listen here! 

One Book One Brampton events

Click here for information about upcoming One Book One Brampton events! Here’s a list of workshops and talks I’ll be giving:

Writers Workshop with Farzana Doctor
Brampton Library Cyril Clark Branch, 20 Loafer’s Lake Lane
March 22, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

One Book One Brampton Book Club
Brampton LIbrary Four Corners Branch, 65 Queen Street E.
April 5, 1:00-3:00pm

An Evening with Farzana Doctor
Brampton Library Cyril Clark Branch, 20 Loafer’s Lane
April 21, 6:00-8:30pm

New academic paper on All Inclusive!

Recently, I gave a talk and reading at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo. A University of Waterloo MA class taught by Dr. Mariam Pirbhai attended the session after reading All Inclusive. One of those students, Khadijah Plummer, wrote an interesting essay on my book, entitled “Creating Identity Through Relocation: The Resort Space in All Inclusive”.  Many thanks to her! Check it out.

Six Metres of Pavement is the 2017 One Book One Brampton Winner!

A huge thanks to the Brampton Library, One Book One Brampton, and all of my friends, family and fans who voted for Six Metres of Pavement as this year’s pick. I watched with glee on Facebook Live from Beirut. I’m thrilled and am looking forward to meeting new Brampton readers.


Do you struggle with writer’s block?

I believe that writer’s block is a normal, human condition where we are not really struggling with writing, but with a part of ourselves. This part is our Inner Critic. Want to learn some strategies to deal this? Click here for an article I wrote for the Australian Society of Authors.

The Next Chapter interview

I’ve been a fan of Shelagh Rogers and The Next Chapter for years. It was an honour to be on her show this week. Have a listen here:

All Inclusive is a Kobo Best Books of the Year!

I’m thrilled that All Inclusive has been selected as one of Kobo CA’s Best Books of the year, in the Canadian Favourites category (and it’s in very excellent company)! Kobo folks will receive double Kobo points when purchasing any best-of-the-year title.

See more here.