I am excited to welcome Farah Heron to the BookEnds team!
Farah and I connected through Beth Phelan’s #DVpit event on Twitter. I couldn’t put down her women’s fiction, and am thrilled to be working with her on such an engaging, important, and funny novel.
Hope you enjoy learning more about Farah!
Tell us a bit about your writing process. Where do you write, and how often?
I used to write wherever, whenever, but have found that a bit of routine helps me stay on track. I have a little office now, and can be found there when editing or plotting, but my first drafts are still pretty much wherever, whenever. I once wrote an emotional scene on my phone while on a breather during a morning run.
Do you have any writing rituals? (e.g. burning a candle if you’re having trouble getting started at the computer or writing longhand first if you’re feeling uninspired.)
I don’t have a set routine, but I have several tricks that I use when I’m blocked. A long shower, a walk to the lake, or a brisk run usually gets the creative juices flowing again.
What do you love about writing women’s fiction?
I love writing about the struggles that women face to find love and fulfillment in our modern world, and I love exploring serious issues with humour and heart. Showcasing diversity is so important for me, not just to show readers that despite differences in religion, culture and skin colour, human wants and dreams are truly universal, but also, to show readers a peek into my own diverse corner of the world, which is so amazing!
If you’re not reading or writing, what would we catch you doing?
I have so many hobbies. Cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, beading, hiking, fishing, traveling… Hobbies keep me sane, and I hope I find a way to insert each of my hobbies into my books one day.
Do you belong to any writing organizations?
RWA and the amazing Toronto Romance Writers chapter.
Where can readers find you on the web and social media?
If money were no object, what would be your dream writing location?
I’d love to own a quiet, riverfront cottage to write in. I tried writing while on safari in Tanzania last summer, which might be a dream location for some, but the scenery was way to spectacular to stare at a screen.
Plotter or pantster?
A combination. I usually plot a quarter of the book at a time. As I write, the plot of the next quarter comes to me.
Drink of choice when writing? When not writing?
Coffee during the day, tea or bourbon at night, beer on weekends.
What excites you most about joining the BookEnds family?
I love that I’ve joined an agency that has a reputation for being supportive and proactive. I feel like this will be a great fit for me.
What advice would you give to other authors in the query trenches?
Don’t stop writing other things while you are in the trenches. Play with different genres and styles, because you won’t know what clicks for you until you try it. And don’t get discouraged if a project seems to go nowhere. Write a body of work, not one book.
If you could meet any author, living or dead, who would you want to meet and why?
Jane Austen, of course. Also, Marian Keyes and Margaret Lawrence. Three women with different styles writing at different times, but all perfectly illustrating real, three-dimensional, flawed women with grace and humour.