Farzana Doctor does a lot of things! She’s primarily a writer, but finds time for activism and a part-time psychotherapy practice. She’s also a dog mom.
She has a morning writing routine. Since 2007, she’s written four novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement, All Inclusive and Seven (coming in 2020). She’s also been working on a poetry collection, self-care book and a YA novel.
In the afternoons, she sees individuals and couples at her part-time private psychotherapy practice. She’s keen on neuroscience, attachment and hypnosis.
She became interested in community organizing as a teen (environmental issues and human rights) and more recently has been volunteering with WeSpeakOut, a group working to ban female genital cutting in her Dawoodi Bohra community.
Few people know that she is an amateur tarot card reader and has a love of all things spiritual. She has a daily meditation practice to keep her grounded.
While all her books are distinct from one another, her diverse interests come through in her stories and characters. Social justice, psychology and a hint of magical realism weave their way into plots that have included love triangles, redemption, family reunification and ancestral legacy.
Selected awards and honors:
-CBC Books’: “100 Writers in Canada You Need To Know Now” (2018).
-All Inclusive: Kobo and National Post Best Books of the Year (2015).
-Six Metres of Pavement: Lambda Literary, Toronto Book Award shortlist, One Book One Brampton winner.
-Written by Sil Hernando
What ‘hood are you in?
I live in South Etobicoke, aka New Toronto.
What do you do?
I’m a writer, mostly of novels, but I also write poetry and non-fiction.
What are you currently working on?
My fourth novel, Seven, will be released next summer. It’s about a woman who goes to India to research her great-great-grandfather, but ends up excavating a family secret that has had an indelible impact on her life.
Where can we find your work?
You can also catch Farzana at JLF Toronto on Saturday, September 28 where she will be In Conversation with Tom Cho and Shree Paradkar in a session featuring readings that voice different aspects of sexuality across the spectrum, along with the challenges and alliances across intersections of race, belief and gender.