Author Interview of Farzana Doctor featuring All Inclusive w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @farzanadoctor


All Inclusive

by Farzana Doctor

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GENRE:   Literary Fiction, LGBT, magical realism, multicultural

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BLURB:

A story about an all-inclusive resort, the ghost of an unknown father, and the tragedies we can’t forget.

What’s it like when everyone’s dream vacation is your job? Ameera works at a Mexican all-inclusive resort, where every day is paradise — if “paradise” means endless paperwork, quotas to meet, and entitled tourists. But it’s not all bad: Ameera’s pastime of choice is the swingers scene, and the resort is the perfect place to hook up with like-minded couples without all the hassle of having to see them again.

Despite Ameera’s best efforts to keep her sideline a secret, someone is spreading scandalous rumours about her around the resort, and her job might be at stake. Meanwhile, she’s being plagued by her other secret, the big unknown of her existence: the identity of her father and why he disappeared. Unbeknownst to Ameera, her father, Azeez, is looking for her, and they both must come to terms with the reason why he abandoned her.

A moving new work from award-winning author Farzana Doctor, All Inclusive blurs the lines between the real world and paradise, and life and death, and reminds us that love is neither easily lost nor found.

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Excerpt Three:

Nora’s place was a small room just around the corner from the coffee shop. Like my own, a few blocks away, it had space for a desk, a dresser, and a single bed. She fiddled with her boom box, popped in a Duran Duran cassette, and then flopped onto the bed. She beckoned me over from where I stood awkwardly by the door. I sat gingerly beside her and she took my hand. I wasn’t surprised by the gesture; she’d slipped her arm through mine on the walk over.

She leaned in close and I could tell she wanted me to kiss her. How unshrinking and unafraid Canadian girls were! I pushed my face into hers, and didn’t breathe for a long time. I wrapped her in my arms and she let me hold her tightly.

We talked and kissed for hours. My fingers groped her soft waist, the downy peach-fuzz on her arms. When I gazed into her eyes I sensed a rare and special connection. And then suddenly we were tearing away our clothes.

In my fantasies, it would have happened in cinematic slow motion. Unhurried, we’d have progressed to that point over several romantic dates. And when the disrobing finally happened it would be an alluring striptease. Perhaps in reality things always move more quickly.

I left soon after the sex, lying to her about needing to get work done. I never did tell her that I would be on an airplane the following afternoon, but rather, I’d remained vague about my departure, speaking about the future as though it were more expansive than it was. Perhaps I didn’t want to disappoint her.

I promised to call the next morning. Maybe we’d go for an early lunch. She gave me her number and, foolishly, I forgot to offer mine.

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Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqTStZedIao


Welcome Farzana Doctor. Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

I write in the mornings and in the afternoon, I am a Registered Social Worker with a part-time private practice. I live in Toronto and have the most lovely dog, Maggie, who has her own Instagram hashtag, #MaggieWithBooks

Is All Inclusive a single title, or part of a series?

It’s a single title. I’ve never written a sequel. I think of my books as exes who I still have a good friendship with, but now that I know everything about them, I don’t want to go back to them.

Please share your setting for All Inclusive. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?

Most of the novel takes place within a fictional all-inclusive resort in Huatulco, Mexico. Yes, I visited a place much like the setting many years ago. Resorts are full of beautiful and ugly things and make wonderful settings.

When did the writing bug first bite?

I used to write plays as a child, and then make my reticent family watch them.

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

I try to do a lot of self-care type things—a requirement for all of us, but especially for therapists. So I walk my dog, meditate, listen to self-hypnosis recordings. I also curate a local literary series called the Brockton Writers Series and volunteer with The Writers Union of Canada and the Writers Trust of Canada.

What is the one thing that you would tell an aspiring writer to do?

  1. Read as much as you can. Reading is your professional development.
  2. Develop a writers’ network. These folks can help you with critique and with finding publishers and agents.
  3. Schedule your writing time and set word count goals.

    AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Farzana Doctor is the author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which was a 2012 Lambda Literary Award and the 2017 One Book One Brampton winner) and the recently released All Inclusive which was a Kobo and National Post Best Book of the Year. Farzana was named one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now”. She is also a Registered Social Worker with a part-time psychotherapy practice. She curates the Brockton Writers Series.

Website: www.farzanadoctor.com  

Twitter: @farzanadoctor

Instagram: @farzanadoctor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/farzanadoctor

 

Buy links:

Indie bookstore: http://www.charisbooksandmore.com/book/9781459731813

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/All-Inclusive-Farzana-Doctor/dp/1459731816/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1503271113&sr=8-6&keywords=all+inclusive

Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqTStZedIao

Book club guide: https://www.dundurn.com/sites/default/files/supplementary/AllInclusive-BookClubResource.pdf

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

Farzana Doctor will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner and a print copy of the book to 10 randomly drawn winners (US Only) via rafflecopter during the tour.

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5 thoughts on “Author Interview of Farzana Doctor featuring All Inclusive w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @farzanadoctor

  1. Happy Friday! I’ve enjoyed following the tour for All Inclusive and I’m looking forward to checking it out. Thanks for sharing the great post 🙂

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