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Fiona Davis

Fiona Davis

Author Interview - Fiona Davis

Author I draw inspiration from: Geraldine Brooks, who juggles complex plots, heartbreaking characters, and historical settings with such genius.

 Author Interview with Fiona Davis | Author she draws inspiration from

Author Interview with Fiona Davis | Author she draws inspiration from

Favorite place to read a book: A rocking chair out on the porch on a rainy, warm summer day.

Book character I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with: Eleanor from Maria Semple’s Today Will Be Different, because I know I’d be laughing the entire time.

 Author Interview with Fiona Davis | Book character she'd like to be stuck in an elevator with

Author Interview with Fiona Davis | Book character she'd like to be stuck in an elevator with

The moment I knew I wanted to become an author: When I learned of a unique set-up in a former women’s hotel in New York City, where the long-term residents shared the building with the luxury condo owners. I had to write that story.

 Author Interview with Fiona Davis | The moment she knew she wanted to be an author

Author Interview with Fiona Davis | The moment she knew she wanted to be an author

Hardback, paperback, ebook or audiobook: Typically, the hardback (too impatient to wait for the paperback), but an ebook when traveling.

The last book I read: An advance copy of The Paragon Hotel, by Lyndsay Faye, which I loved. Beautiful writing, a great opening scene, and lots of Jazz-Age ambience.

 Author Interview with Fiona Davis | The last book she read

Author Interview with Fiona Davis | The last book she read

Pen & paper or computer: Both. I use a pencil and a yellow legal pad to briefly sketch out each scene, before typing away on my Mac.

Book character I think I’d be best friends with: Count Alexander Rostov from A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I adore his droll wit, courage, and intelligence and would be happy to hang out in the hotel lobby with him in the hope some of it rubs off.

 Author Interview with Fiona Davis | The book character she'd be best friends with

Author Interview with Fiona Davis | The book character she'd be best friends with

If I wasn’t an author, I’d be a: Journalist – I love interviewing people and crafting a narrative, no matter what the form. 

Favorite decade in fashion history: 1950s, all the way. Those poufy skirts and narrow waists – to die for.

Place I’d most like to travel: Wales, where my grandfather was from, and take some long hikes along the coastline.

My signature drink: I love a Moscow Mule, mainly because of the cool copper mug it’s served in.

Favorite artist: Arshile Gorky, who’s the inspiration for the character of Levon in The Masterpiece. Gifted, tormented, tragic.

Number one on my bucket list: I’ve been taking Spanish lessons for a number of years now, and it’s time for me to go away for three or four weeks to a Spanish-speaking country and immerse myself in the language. Adiós!

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A French Wedding

A French Wedding

The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece