Literary Accolades
"Nick Fowler is an expansive, lyrical, inventive writer." -- Valerie Sayers, The New York Times Book Review

"Few novels, let alone first ones, deliver such wisdom with as much talent, humor, and emotional force. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird comes to mind." -- Steven B. Armstrong, Tallahassee Democrat

"Nick Fowler's ambitious, irresistibly melodic debut novel about love in lower Manhattan resonates like a perfect pop song . . . invigorating." -- Los Angeles Times

"This love story is so good--almost too good." -- William McKeen, Orlando Sentinel

"An invigorating blast of originality, wit and heart." -- Mark Rozzo, Los Angeles Times

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Nick Fowler is an American writer, editor and musician born in Furth, Germany in 1967. After winning a scholarship to Cornell University, Fowler majored in English Lit with concentrations in creative writing and music, supporting himself by singing in cover bands and selling editing/typing services to students. After studying abroad for a semester at the Queen Mary College of The University of London, Fowler graduated Dean's List.

Literary Career

Fowler's debut novel, A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla, was in 2002 published in North America by Pantheon Books, an imprint of the Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Group, and by Hodder & Stoughton in the U.K., where the book became a bestseller.

The New York Times called Fowler "an expansive, lyrical, inventive writer" in a full-page, lead-review that compared him to J.D. Salinger, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Los Angeles Times called the novel “a smash, an irresistibly melodic debut” that “resonates like a perfect pop song,” while the Tallahassee Democrat observed "few novels deliver wisdom with as much talent, humor, and emotional force. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird comes to mind." Time Out London called the book "a deliriously funny first novel" with "genius observations,” while Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, the number one U.K. bestseller, called Fowler's roman à clef “Terrific--full of passion and energy, but at the same time literary, quirky and with the same oblique and self-mocking charm that makes Breakfast at Tiffany's such a hit.” Entertainment Weekly noted Fowler’s “strong eye for the awkward interactions between the sexes,” while The Orlando Sentinel said "…this love story is almost too good," hailing it as "…a tribute to the human spirit." The novel was nominated for The Young Lions Fiction Award and The Robert Bingham Fellowship.

On August 1, 2019, Upper Hand Press will publish Fowler’s novella My Virtuous Sister, called by author Bruce Jay Friedman, "Stunning. Haunting. Fiercely and relentlessly engaging," predicting that the " will have a long shelf life--like forever.” In October 2016, Fowler was featured in The Elegant Classy Gentleman.

Fowler's prose addresses issues of abuse, race, gender and social alienation, and has appeared in GQ (cover story), The Encyclopedia of Exes (Three Rivers/Random House), The Antioch Review, New York University’s literary journal Epiphany and Pulse Berlin. Fowler's poetry has been published in The Tribeca Review, and his journalism in POZ, Metal Edge, Metal Maniacs, Movie Mirror, Teen Beat and Art NYC. He has taught fiction writing at NYU, The New School and mediabistro.

Musical Career

At Cornell University, Fowler fronted the rock band Sorry 'Bout Your Daughter. After moving to New York City in 1989, Fowler founded the acoustic pop project Tonto Tonto with Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter and producer Gregg Wattenberg and bassist Greg Smith. Hollywood manager Sandy Gallin secured the team a recording contract with Victory/Polygram. Director Paul Boyd filmed the music video for their initial radio single, "Miles Away.” Ric Wake produced their debut LP, Mirror for the Blame. The band performed the album's eponymous track on The Tonight Show and toured in support of major label acts including Bon Jovi, Paul Rodgers, Neal Schon, The Rembrandts and Soup Dragons. In 1992, Tonto Tonto's ballad "Real Today” was featured in the slasher film Dr. Giggles, winner of the Special Jury Award at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival, as well as in the video game generated by the motion picture. In 1994, Tonto Tonto played at first White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Fowler and Wattenberg performed songs they composed in A Hit Is a Hit, the tenth episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos. In 1995, their song “Sunday” was shortlisted for the International John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

In 1999, Fowler founded the hard rock band MOTHER with guitarist Arthur Lynn and drummer Keith Carlock, (John Mayer, Steely Dan, Sting). MOTHER’s self-titled debut was signed by Al Teller to Atomic Pop Records, the world's first internet recording label. MOTHER placed music in the Sony Pictures production Mercy.

Fowler's song "You Don't Remember” was in 2010 featured in the CW Network’s 90210. Fowler’s voice has been placed in national advertising jingles. His southern rock ballad "Splinter" was produced by Andrew Wyatt and included in the 2011 motion picture Undocumented.

In 2010, Fowler formed the pomp-rock band Maximilian Is King. Steve Thompson mixed their debut EP, which was placed on rotation on Anything Anything on WRXP 101.9, New York City's then-largest rock radio station. DJ Rich Russo called Fowler's "the best pure voice in New York." Maximilian Is King's debut full-length, Songs To Kill Yourself With featured drum programming by Carlos Alomar and was mixed with additional production by Roy Thomas Baker, who produced Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, the number one rock single of all time.

In 2011, Fowler began performing live with Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter Steve Stevens ( Billy Idol, Michael Jackson.) At New York City's Iridium nightclub, these sets featured the Les Paul Trio and drummers Anton Fig and Shawn Pelton. In 2012, Fowler contributed vocals to DJ Riddler's extended mix "Hold On Me” for Riddler's debut studio album Enigma. In April 2013, Fowler performed the song "Sleep Walking" for the motion picture The Right Kind of Wrong. In October 2013, Fowler signed with 140 Records, the first Twitter-based record label. Fowler is an advocate of healing-via-music, playing his songs at in-hospital performances for the charity Musicians on Call.


A dog fanatic since birth, Nick Fowler emigrated to the U.S. as an infant. After moving to Tallahassee on his fifth birthday, Fowler became Florida State's gymnastics champion for the next four years. At college prep academy Maclay School, he captained their team in the Leon County Brain Brawl, an academic quiz inspired by College Bowl and J.D. Salinger's It's a Wise Child. Fowler was Brain Brawl high-scorer in his senior year and led his team to victory in the tournament.

Fowler was also a winning member of Maclay's Chemathon competition, an American Legion speech contest finalist, and won the starring role as Danny Zuko in Maclay’s production of the Broadway musical Grease. Fowler placed second in the city's slalom category for skateboarding.


After a lifelong fascination with Rome and its Renaissance, Fowler in April of 2014 was baptized a Roman Catholic, a conversion that occasioned a series of gender studies celebrating women and their influence on racial diversity and Christian forgiveness. Fowler argued that the patriarchy failed because it forced the circle of a loving feminine nature into the square of a warring masculine society. Fowler cites Ursula Le Guin and Virginia Woolf as inspiration for a 2018 online survey in which he compared male and female friendships. Fowler is a five-star editor at In 2018 he launches his boutique

Fowler remains dedicated to animal and women's rights, and the ongoing improvement of the English language and its literature. He lives in New York City with his wife Maria and their female Jack Russell Terrier, Monkey Pickles McGhee.