Nicola's book is a work of art
Local woman Nicola Cassidy launched her debut novel 'December Girl', saying it was inspired by her native area.
The novel, a work of historical fiction, is inspired by two true events, including an eviction that happened at Dowth in 1880 and a child kidnapping that took place in Dublin in the 1960s.
"I've taken these stories and moulded them into a work of fiction of my own - I added new characters and tried to imagine what it would have been like to live at the end of the 19th century in the locality. I used Townley Hall House and the landscape at Dowth as a backdrop to my fictional grand manor 'Brabazon House'. While my characters are made up - the setting, throughout, is pretty real."
Nicola is hoping readers will enjoy her book, but warns it's not a light piece of fiction. "I've explored some pretty dark themes in the novel and I imagine some readers might even be shocked by parts of the storyline. But I've always written in this way - and I enjoy pushing my characters to see what their reaction will be. I think life can be very dark sometimes and it's how we react to and deal with the challenges we face that makes up our life story. I haven't shied away from anything in this book."
It can be downloaded onto Kindle from Amazon or ordered direct to your door in paperback format from Amazon too. The book is being stocked in Waterstones Drogheda.
"As I'm published digitally by Bombshell Books, our main focus is on the Amazon charts. It's hugely competitive though and I would encourage anyone who is interested in reading or supporting me as a local author to download the book as every sale will count. The Kindle app is available for all smart phones - you don't need to own a Kindle to read it," said Nicola.
For more information visit Nicola's author website at www.nicolacassidy.com or follow her on Twitter or Facebook @LadyNicci.