This month I had the great pleasure of talking with Nicole Fitton, the third author from Mystery Authors International to be featured on this webpage. Here is that interview.
IC: Nicole, since your group is labeled “international,” tell us exactly where you come from.
NF: Well, at present my family and I reside in Devon, but I have lived in glamour spots like New York, London, and Croydon.
IC: So, the UK is your stomping grounds. I understand, when you’re not writing, you work in the healthcare industry, but that’s not your lifelong career. What did you do before switching to healthcare?
NF: I spent about 30 years in public relations and marketing in the music industry.
IC: So, you’ve spent your life in creative and artistic pursuits. That’s great. What are your passions beyond music and writing your mystery novels?
NF: I love writing short stories as well as novels. In fact, this year my story “Soaring” is featured in a Black Pear Press anthology. I’m very proud of that.
IC: That reminds me, you recently received some other exciting news to be proud of. Do you want to tell us about that?
NF: Absolutely! I was nominated for a 2017 Top Female Authors Award presented by The Authors Show. And I know everyone says this, but it really is so humbling to have been nominated.
IC: Congratulations. That’s happy news. Do your stories always have a happy ending?
NF: Yes, but the way they get there will keep you guessing right up to the last page.
IC: Between a family, a job, and writing short stories as well as novels, it sounds like you stay pretty busy. Is that something you enjoy, or are you hoping to slow down soon?
NF: No, no slowing down for me. I get bored easily, and I’m often seeking new adventures.
IC: Speaking of new adventures, your latest novel, Forbidden Colours, is being well received, and it has a distinctly original plot line. I read one summary that called Forbidden Colours “a gripping love story which contains elements of psychological suspense. It has enough adrenaline-fueled drama to power the national grid!” Wow! That sounds great.
NF: Thank you. I think it is.
IC: Give us an idea of how you came up with this story.
NF: Well, it was the case of an annoying question that woke me up at 4 a.m. and wouldn’t let me rest until I’d written something. I had read a newspaper article about the complexity of the human brain and, well, it all started from there.
IC: Did you start with the plot line, or with the characters?
NF: I got the protagonist, Midori Yates, firmly fixed in my mind’s eye, and she took charge and dictated the direction of the plot.
IC: I’ve heard that it’s not only a mystery, it’s almost got a touch of science fiction. Is that right?
NF: I have a passion for science, so it was exciting to incorporate that into a book. The story centers around a new drug being brought to market that does not quite do what it is supposed to do. And I’ll just leave it at that. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens. So, you asked how I came up with the story. I can tell you I started Forbidden Colours with a question, and everything flowed from there.
IC: Okay, now I have to ask: What was the question?
NF: It’s a question I often ask myself, but it seldom leads me in such an unusual direction as it did in Forbidden Colours. The question is: “What if…?”
IC: The perfect question for any writer, Nicole. Thanks for sharing some of the behind-the-scenes facts about you as an author and about your newest mystery novel, Forbidden Colours. We wish you much success now and in the future.
NF: Thanks. It’s been fun.
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What if your memories were not your memories? What if the drug hailed as a cure became your curse and ultimately your destruction?
Forbidden Colours is a gripping tale where nothing is quite as it seems. Neurologist Nick Campbell is all set to believe in new drug, Centoria, but when his patients start turning up dead he starts to wonder whether his faith has been blind.
Determined to uncover the truth, pharmaceutical employee Midori Yates and Dr Nick Campbell find a conspiracy that is to have devastating consequences for both of them. Forbidden Colours is a clever contemporary thriller that has numerous twists and turns that will make your head spin! A book for bedtime? Maybe, but don’t expect to get any sleep!
Excerpt from Forbidden Colours
Katzuko Yates eyed her daughter thoughtfully. A sense of apprehension gripped her. Those years in Japan were long ago; she wondered if she could be clear with her explanation. Even though buried, her memories continued to breathe under the mountain of life she’d lived. Dare she even speak of them? Could she speak of them? Their place of residence had become an unmarked grave in her history. Her family had a right to know, after everything that had happened. His world was dark and full of shadows; where would she begin? For over 25 years she had told no one. Now she was being drawn back into his world. It was a time she wanted to forget. The tie that had been bound to her so tightly was about to be broken.