After a childhood raised on Bollywood, Monty Python, and Jane Austen, Farah Heron wove complicated story arcs and uplifting happily ever afters in her daydreams while pursuing careers in human resources and psychology. She started writing those stories down a few years ago, and never looked back. She writes romantic comedies and women’s fiction full of huge South Asian families, delectable food, and most importantly, brown people falling stupidly in love. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two children, and a rabbit named Strawberry. She recently adopted two cats, who are now in charge.
Farah’s debut, The Chai Factor was named one of the summer’s best books by The Globe and Mail, and was praised in Book Riot, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, Bustle and more. Her next release, Accidentally Engaged, was praised in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, NPR, The Toronto Star, Glamour magazine, and Oprah magazine. Her young adult debut, Tahira in Bloom, will be out November 2, 2021.
- What’s the strangest thing you searched for on the internet for a novel?
My next book, Tahira in Bloom, has several scenes in a commercial greenhouse so I spent a long time watching tours of them on YouTube.
- What book (or author) made you fall in love with the romance genre?
Tessa Dare. I started reading historicals before other romance subgenres, but now I read contemporary romance the most. .
- What is your favourite trope? Why?
Fake dating is my absolute favorite trope. I love that moment when fake feelings evolve to real ones. I also love writing opposites attract or enemies to lovers because of the tension and conflict.
- It’s the morning after, and a lover is making your recent main character the perfect breakfast in bed. What is it?
For Accidentally Engaged, Nadim would be making something for Reena with her sourdough bread. Maybe french toast, or avocado toast.
- What book are you reading currently?
I’m about to start Serena Singh Flips the Script by Sonya Lalli.
The rapid fire question – Pie or Bread?
Oooh. Both I think. But cake would beat both of them, hands down.
Read our review of Accidentally Engaged here.
Read our review of The Chai Factor here.