The Three Rs: Farzana Doctor
December 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
Farzana Doctor is a novelist and psychotherapist. Her most recent novel, Six Metres of Pavement, was named one of Now Magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2011. It also won the Lambda Literary and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award. Farzana was named as one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now”. She is the autumn 2012 Writer in Residence at the Toronto Public Library and co-curates the Brockton Writers Series.
When did you first know you wanted to write books?
When I was halfway through writing the first draft of my first novel, Stealing Nasreen, I realized I was writing a novel. Before that, I hadn’t really imagined writing a book.
It varies, because I have other paid work (as a psychotherapist and recently as the Writer-In-Residence at the Toronto Public Library). However, on a typical writing day, I spend about 2 hours writing in the morning. Then I walk my dog, which is a good time to daydream about my work. Sometimes I get ideas which I note in my iphone. Then I come back to the writing for a few more hours. Interspersed are short social media breaks (these days, writers have to maintain their online presence as a self-promotion strategy). On more distracted days, the breaks also include vacuuming, laundry and multiple cups of tea.
I nearly always type. Once in a while, I scribble notes on paper.
Yes. I feel like reading keeps a writer’s mind working. Everything I know about literary fiction has come from reading literary fiction.
I just finished Emma Donoghue’s book of short stories, Astray. I’m a huge fan of her writing.
Everything written by Zadie Smith, MG Vassanji, Barbara Gowdy.
What a horrible proposition! If I had to choose, I’d write.
Romancing! I like dating. I take my love life very seriously.