Romi Moondi is a Canadian writer who primarily writes romantic comedies with the aim to make you laugh, activate your heartstrings, and maybe even make your eyes produce some salty discharge. When she’s not writing novels, Romi can be found dreaming up screenplays, copywriting for clients, traveling, trying out new recipes, and loving Seinfeld forever.

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What does your writing space look like?

I have a little wheely desk that’s good for when I’m doing Teams calls for my copywriting day job, and which I also use a lot for writing. On it are a stack of books, stationary, and multiple scented candles depending on the season (I am very passionate about aromatherapy)! My view in this spot is a tall bookcase overflowing with books. I also enjoy writing in coffee shops when I can, and often times, I still find myself writing in bed—an old bad habit that does zero favours for my posture, but it’s good for inspiration!

If you could spend a day with another popular author (living or dead), who would you choose and why?

Even though Mindy Kaling was a TV writer and actress first, she is also an author of hilarious memoirs—and my absolute idol and inspiration! It would be a dream to spend a day with a smart, funny, clever, and hugely successful woman in Hollywood with a South Asian background like herself. I’m sure we would have a million things to talk about (even if most of that would be me blathering on about how much I love her).  

How do you celebrate when you finish your book?

After all my time spent in Paris, I am a champagne-loving gal, so there’s no better way for me to celebrate than to crack open one of those mini bottles of champagne and whisper to myself you did it (I literally say the little whisper out loud; it’s very cheesy but I don’t care). 

Is there something you do/have while writing that helps your process? (Music, snacks, etc.)

I never snack when I write because I don’t want to get my laptop dirty, but I do love to mainline a good amount of caffeine before I get into the zone, whether it’s a coffee, latte, black tea, or green tea (just give me all the caffeine)! If I’m writing a very dramatic night scene, I sometimes like to do that at night with a glass of red wine. In terms of music, when I don’t want to get distracted by lyrics but still want to listen to something emotional, the original score from one of my favourite rom com movies The Holiday is a great go-to for me. More recently I’ve also found myself listening to the musical score from both seasons of Bridgerton.

What book are you currently reading?

I am currently reading a few different books which is always the way for me, as I need to stimulate different parts of my brain during different times of day/moods. I am currently reading The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman to get my mystery fix in, The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev because I love a tale of self-discovery with South Asian representation, and I am also listening to the audiobook version of Have I Told You This Already? By Lauren Graham, because I love Gilmore Girls and she’s so funny and smart. I’ll get back to my rotation of romance books soon, it’s just been a bit of rom com overload lately after recently finishing my latest round of edits for 24 Hours in Italy!