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!!


  1. Thank you Uma for hosting me today :)

  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.

    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 :)

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

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

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


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