The beautiful and talented mystery author, Nicole Fitton, joined me for an interview from her home in the United Kingdom, where she settled after working in the music industry in both the UK and US.
Nicole has worn many professional hats, from a degree in nursing to certification as a Pilates Instructor. She is also mother to children and a (very lucky) dog. A member of the group Authors Helping Authors, Nicole is helping her fellow authors today by sharing the secrets of her writing life.
[Ed.: See our May 9, 2017 interview with Ms. Fitton at https://authoririschacon.com/2017/05/09/interview-nicole-fitton-a-member-of-mystery-authors-international/]
IRIS: What inspires you to write?
NICOLE FITTON: My inspiration always seems to start with a question, usually it’s ‘what if?’ that’s about as structured as I get! From there I bounce ideas around until the direction of travel presents itself. Sometimes it feels like trying to find a fork in the road, in the dark, and without a torch. Other times can be as quick as a sprint, and I end up trying to catch my breath to keep up.
IRIS: Tell us about your writing process. For example, are you an outliner or a seat of the pants writer? If you are an outliner, do you use special software to outline? Do you create character sketches before or during your writing?
NICOLE FITTON: I am a bit of both to be honest. I don’t usually have an in depth outline, it’s more a loose idea which kind of forms itself. I don’t use software but I do my own version of character sketches. I write twenty five things minimum I know about each of my main characters, if I can’t think of twenty five I haven’t done my job well enough, and I have a re think. I do this at the beginning of my story so I have a sense of who they are, their likes an dislikes. It helps me to unravel who they are. I add more as the story develops but I always try to start with twenty five.
Nicole’s debut novel, All Tomorrow’s Parties, released in 2015, is a contemporary romance featuring sharp twists and turns. With a backdrop of eighties classic songs, 18-year-old Laine Marshall’s adventures take her to Italy, where a chance encounter puts her onto a roller coaster of emotions. Someone is out to derail her ‘happy ever after,’ but who and why? AMAZON
IRIS: What is the most important or most frequent advice you give about writing?
NICOLE FITTON: I stole it from Stephen King and it is so true…
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
IRIS: What would you change about the world of writing and publishing, if you could?
NICOLE FITTON: I would like to see a fairer system where authors are fairly compensated. Only the biggest of the big can make a living from being an author. Most authors have to hold down day jobs just to survive. Big publishing houses pay very low royalties to authors (usually less than 10%) — that can’t be right can it?
Nicole was one of the featured authors in December 2019′ s release, Nativity, An Anthology. Many of the stories take place at or near Christmas time. There are tales of new births, of rebirths, of new beginnings, and there are a couple that deal with the joys and sorrows of the annual Nativity Play. AMAZON. See our review of the anthology at https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/108627225/posts/5518
IRIS: I know you are a charter member of Mystery Authors International. Do you always write mysteries? What other genres do you write? Are there any genres you read, but don’t write?
NICOLE FITTON: I write mainly thrillers and mysteries, and lots and lots of short stories. My reading is very eclectic and I read everything and anything, it is always the language of a book that grabs my attention. If I love the language I usually love the book. Recently I have read auto biographies, romance, classics and thrillers.
IRIS: Thank you so much for taking time to share with us today, Nicole. We look forward to seeing what comes next from your pen (or keyboard). Keep us informed, please!
AUTHORS AND READERS, follow NICOLE FITTON on the web and social media. You won’t want to miss anything from this writer of keen insights and sublime prose.
Author website – https://www.nicolefittonauthor.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/nicolefittonauthor/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/MisoMiss
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