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"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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Nicholas Russel Fowler is a singer, songwriter, novelist, journalist, actor and dog-lover based in New York City.

 

Musical Career

After winning a scholarship to Cornell University, Fowler graduated Dean's List and moved with bandmates to New York City's Greenwich Village where he formed the acoustic rock project Tonto Tonto with Grammy-nominated guitarist and producer Gregg Wattenberg and bassist Greg Smith (Alice Cooper, Alan Parsons). Hollywood manager Sandy Gallin secured the team a worldwide recording contract with Victory/Polygram Records. Director Paul Boyd filmed the music video for Tonto Tonto's first radio single, "Miles Away." Ric Wake produced their debut LP, Mirror for the Blame. The band performed its title track on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and toured in support of recording acts including Bon Jovi, Paul Rodgers, and Neal Schon. Fowler and Wattenberg composed music for and acted in "A Hit is a Hit," the tenth episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos. In 1992 Tonto Tonto's song "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 they performed at the first White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1995 their song “Sunday” was shortlisted for the International John Lennon Songwriting Contest. In 1997 Fowler formed the hard rock band MOTHER with guitarist Arthur Lynn, aka A.L.L., and drummer Keith Carlock. MOTHER's eponymous debut album was signed by Al Teller to Atomic Pop Records, the first internet recording label. MOTHER placed music in the Sony Pictures production Mercy. Fowler's songs have also appeared in television series, such as the ballad "You Don't Remember," featured in 2010 on The CW Network's 90210. Fowler's southern rock song "Splinter" was included in the 2011 motion picture "Undocumented."

In January, 2010 Fowler founded the pomp-rock band Maximilian Is King with A.L.L. and keyboardist Rob Clores. Their Music For The Fire EP was mixed by Steve Thompson, and placed on rotation at WRXP 101.9, New York City's largest rock radio station. The band's debut full-length, Songs To Kill Yourself With, was produced by A.L.L. with drum programming by Carlos Alomar. The album was mixed with additional production by Roy Thomas Baker. In 2011 Fowler began performing live with Grammy-winning guitarist and songwriter Steve Stevens, best known for composing and recording with artists Billy Idol and Michael Jackson. In 2012 Fowler collaborated with and contributed vocals to the DJ Riddler extended-mix track "Hold On Me" featured on Riddler's debut studio album Enigma, released October 2, 2012 on Soltrenz/Strictly Rhythm Records. In April 2013 Fowler performed the song "Sleep Walking" featured in Cutting Edge Group's motion picture The Right Kind of Wrong. In 2013 his power ballad "Road to Somewhere" was a finalist in the rock category for the Song of the Year song and lyric writing competition. In October of 2013 Fowler signed with 140 Records, the first twitter-based record label. In the same month he began a residency at Greenwich Village's Club Groove, sister venue of the legendary Cafe Wah?, where he performed a selection of funk, R&B, rock, Motown and soul. Fowler is an advocate of healing-via-music, playing his songs weekly at in-hospital performances for the charity Musicians on Call.

Literary Career

Fowler's first 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 Doubleday Publishing Group, and by Hodder & Stoughton in the U.K. where the book became a bestseller. Called by The Los Angeles Times “a smash, an irresistibly melodic debut novel” that “resonates like a perfect pop song,” The Tallahassee Democrat wrote that "few novels, let alone first ones, 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 "an inventive, deliriously funny first novel" full of "genius observations.” The New York Times called Fowler "an expansive, lyrical, inventive writer," comparing him to F. Scott Fitzgerald, J.D. Salinger and Ernest Hemmingway.  Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, the number one U.K. best-seller, called the book “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." The Orlando Sentinel said "…this love story is almost too good," calling it "…a tribute to the human spirit." Fowler's roman a clef received additional praise from Big City Lit, Publishers Weekly, and Book Slut.  Fowler's other prose has appeared in The Encyclopedia of Exes (Three Rivers/Random House), The Antioch Review, New York University’s literary journal Epiphany, the Berlin-based Pulse, and online fiction journals vice-versa and Yellow.
His poetry has been published in The TriBeca Review, and his journalism in GQ, POZ, Metal Edge, Movie Mirror, and Teen Beat. He has taught fiction writing at New York University, mediabistro and The New School. In 2015 Fowler published on Amazon Kindle his followup novel, ''Music for Mice and Men (The Extended-Release Love Song of C. Peddie Smout)'' which novelist and screenwriter Bruce Jay Friedman called "Stunning. Haunting. Fiercely and relentlessly engaging," predicting that the "...book will have a long shelf-like forever.”-From Wikipedia