Author Interview: Nicole Fitton

(Nicole Fitton is the author of All Tomorrow's Parties. Find my review of the book here )

     When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I think I was very young, maybe 6 or 7. As a child I always had my head in a book. I loved the fact that you could lose yourself completely in a novel written by someone who was from a different time or place – it still gives me a buzz now. I remember I used to write to authors telling them how amazing I found their books!

     How important is research to you when writing a book?
     Research is really important. You want people to believe what you have written, your characters right? In order to do that you need to have a level of credibility. You must do your research; it’s what helps readers really identify with the story.  I don’t think you can write about something if you do not understand it. I don’t mean become an expert, although sometimes that’s what it takes. I would never want someone to read something I’d written and say ‘oh no, I’m in that business, that’s not believable.’ I would be horrified.


       How did you come up with the title for ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’?
     It is actually the title of a song I love. The original is by The Velvet Underground, I heard it first as a cover by a group called Japan. When I was thinking of a title for the book the lyrics of this song kept playing over and over in my head. It seemed to fit perfectly.

        Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
       I usually start with a loose idea, a concept. I play around with it in my head and then come up with a series of ‘what if’s?’. I like to go with wherever the ideas take me. All Tomorrow’s Parties turned out that way. It started as one thing and completely turned into something else. I love it when that happens!

       What are your hobbies? (Other than reading/writing)
       Well now you’re asking Uma! Outside of reading and writing I love training my dog. She is an English Springer Spaniel. Some days it goes well, other days… well let’s not talk about those days! I walk a lot too, long walks with the dog of course. If I’m really stressed about something then baking becomes my obsession, there is nothing a good cake can’t fix!

       Do you pen down revelations and ideas as you get them, right then and there?
     Yes I do.  A top tip a writer passed to me has stood me in good stead, so I shall pass it onto you – always ( and I mean always) carry a notebook and pen. I admit there have been times where I have forgotten and have had to use my phone and send myself an email or text with my bookish ramblings! I prefer a notepad though.

       Writers are often associated with loner tendencies; is there any truth to that?
     I am a people person, but I admit when I write, I do need my space. So, yea I think there is some truth in it. You need to spend a lot of time inside your own head as a writer and that’s something that is difficult to share.

       Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?
     I remember there was a poem I loved as a girl called ‘Cats Sleep Anywhere’ by Eleanor Farjeon. That’s what I’m like with my writing. Whilst I prefer my office I can and have written on trains and planes, in cafes and bars, I can and do write anywhere.

       How big of a part does music play in creating your “zone”?
     Music inspires me and provides a spark for ideas, but I do not listen to music when I’m writing. I block everything out and somehow shut myself off.  That’s why I think I can write anywhere. My favourite writing environment however is a quiet one. Those are the times I enjoy the most.

        What advice would you like to give writers who are struggling with their first novels?
     If you have reached a point where you are continuously banging your head against a wall, walk away and do something different, it really works! Different doesn’t mean stop writing; it just means mix it up a bit. I like to write short stories as well as novels so switching between the two when I’m stuck really helps. Oh and always carry a notebook – you never know when you are going to need one!!


14 comments:

  1. Thank you Uma for hosting me today :)

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    1. You're welcome :) It was a pleasure :)

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  2. Nice interview! We have many similarities in our writing careers/styles. We writers know who we are and writers HAVE to write! Best wishes for success.

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    1. Oh you've got me intrigued Susan... I'm off for a sneaky peak at your blog!! I'm back... Yes we do have so much in common. Writers have to write - right? Thank you so much for dropping by. Good luck with your new release on October 14th :)

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  3. Great interview Nicole!
    Good luck and God's blessings.
    PamT

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Pam, much appreciated :)

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  4. Great interview. Best of luck with your book.

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    1. Thanks Diane & thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. I really enjoyed getting to know you better, Nicole. We write similarly--loose idea, the what ifs. It's better than plotting.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Diane. Yes definitely got to keep it loose, see where your muse will take you!

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  6. Nice getting to know you better, Nicole. Have to admit I like the way you think- "there's nothing a good cake can't fix"...I just prefer when someone else bakes it, lol.

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    1. I like your thinking Maureen. I love eating other peoples cakes, they always seem to taste better! Thanks for stopping by .

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  7. Thank you everyone for stopping by to check out the interview :)

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    1. Thanks so much Uma for interviewing me :)

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