Author Interview - Nicola Harrison
Author I draw inspiration from: Such a tough question – so many to choose from. In contemporary writers I’d have to say Jennifer Belle – she’s a friend and mentor - her writing is dry and witty and brilliant. And from the classics – F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Favorite place to read a book: The beach or the pool – that’s the ultimate luxury, but in real life I get most of my reading done these days while nursing my baby! It’s the perfect time when there’s nothing else I can or should be doing.
Book character I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with: Amina from The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger – that novel stayed with me for a long time after I read it and I’d have so many questions for her.
The moment I knew I wanted to become an author: When I took Carolyn See’s creative writing class as an undergrad at UCLA.
Hardback, paperback, ebook or audiobook: Hardback – I like to be one of the first to read it. Audiobook when I’m on the subway.
The last book I read: The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall
Pen & paper or computer: My laptop
Book character I think I’d be best friends with: Dolly from my novel, Montauk.
If I wasn’t an author, I’d be a: A stylist – well that’s what I do in real life when I’m not writing. I help men and women dress better.
Favorite decade in fashion history: 1920’s hands down.
Place I’d most like to travel: India but more immediately I’d like to take my husband and kids to see the beautiful little villages of the Cotswold’s in England where I lived when I was young.
My signature drink: A gin martini or a glass of rosé depending on my mood. PG Tips tea every morning.
Favorite artist: My Dad – Michael Harrison
Number one on my bucket list: Buy a beach house.