“The Lions of Fifth Avenue” is one of my favorite reads lately, so I was super excited to chat with author Fiona Davis about her writing process for my interview series, “Write Your Story.”

One of Fiona’s best tips for writing a first draft is to get it done as fast as possible. And it makes sense, right? The first draft always needs work no matter what, so if you just get it done quickly, you can spend your time molding it in the editing process. I LOVE that tip. I am sometimes a first-draft perfectionist—to a fault—so it’s really good to hear this.

Check out our interview below to hear more of Fiona’s inspiring story about how she got started in writing and find out what she’s learned through her years as an author (with some great tips that you can steal for yourself!)