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Author Q&A ft Farzana Doctor | ALL INCLUSIVE Book Tour |Goddess Fish Promotions Presents Literary Fiction

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for All Inclusive by Farzana Doctor, a Literary Fiction, LGBT, magical realism, ...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for All Inclusive by Farzana Doctor, a Literary Fiction, LGBT, magical realism, multicultural available now from Dundurn.

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.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more they comment, the better their chances of winning. The tour dates can be at the bottom of the post.

All Inclusive
by Farzana Doctor


GENRE:   Literary Fiction, LGBT, magical realism, multicultural



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.



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.



How did you come up with the title of your book?
The setting in All Inclusive (and all-inclusive resort) is an important part of the story, and so it felt like the natural choice. The characters are also quite diverse so the title is appropriate in that regard.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular design?
I imagined a cover much like this, and asked my publisher to try to find artwork to fit it. My book trailer includes two people packing suitcases that sit on beds. The image is meant to evoke a journey as well as sexuality.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book:
I conceived this book while at an all-inclusive resort. My beach reading was Opening Up, Tristan Taormino’s book about non-monogamy. The chapter about swingers really intrigued me and so I thought I’d write a swinger character.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I read Tarot cards for my friends and family. I love the ways the metaphors in the cards open up deep conversations about people’s feelings, conversations that are always new and unexpected.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
I wanted to find out if a particular Tim Horton’s existed in a location. I couldn’t find the information on their website, and so I crowdsourced it on Facebook, asking my network. Someone who lived in Hamilton, Ontario in 1985 wrote me back.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
Check out my website. I’m always happy to receive messages from readers. I also skype into book clubs.

What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?
I’ve just finished the revisions on my 4th novel, Unfamiliar Skin.  It takes place mostly in Mumbai, and shines a spotlight on the Dawoodi Bohra community, which I’m a part of.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Tell two friends! Gift it to others! Facebook/Instagram/Tweet about it. All of this is super helpful in spreading the word.


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.

Twitter: @farzanadoctor
Instagram: @farzanadoctor

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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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