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I am delighted to be represented by Trace Literary Agency.

My first historical fiction novel called December Girl, inspired by a true eviction that took place in Meath in 1880, was published by Bombshell books at the end of 2017. My second historical fiction novel The Nanny at No. 43, will be published by Poolbeg Press in summer 2019.

I am contracted for three books with Poolbeg Press and am currently writing book three, (or book two of the contract!) I am very excited to be trying my hand at bio-fiction, and will be telling the tale of a very interesting, feisty and glamorous young woman who became very famous in 1920s London and Broadway.

Writing accolades:

Spoken Word

  • Highly Commended, Video Poem, Doolin Writers’ Festival 2019
  • Support to Stephen James Smith, Drogheda Arts Centre, 2018
  • Spoken word performance, International Women’s Day, Drogheda Arst Centre, 2018

Theatre Play

  • Finalist in Wexford Literary Festival One Act Play Competition with live stage performance of ‘Chop’, a 20 minute macabre comedy, 2017

Short stories

  • Finalist and published in Insights, a collection of stories by Claret Press, London, 2018
  • Short story published in Tales Irish Anthology 2018
  • Runner-up Junefest Literary Festival Short Story Competition 2017
  • Shortlisted Celtic Imbas Short Story Competition 2016
  • Finalist Southport Writers’ Circle Annual Short Story Competition 2016
  • Placed for Date with an Agent at ILF Dublin 2016
  • Shortlisted Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Competition 2016
  • Longlisted Fish Publishing Short Memoir Competition 2016
  • Finalist Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize 2015 (Read Branding Day here)
  • Shortlisted Celtic Imbas Short Story Competition 2015
  • Longlisted in Irish Times Amateur Travel Writer Competition 2015
  • Winning author in OrginialWriting.ie’s 2015 Anthology (Published 2015)

Blogs by LadyNicci on the writing process:

Seven Steps to Writing Your First Novel Draft
Ten Essential Tools for Struggling Writers
Seven Writing Competitions You Need to Enter in 2016
Ten Books That Changed My Childhood
Calling Yourself a Writer – Making The Leap
The End – Book Written; Now What?

How I Write author series

I’ve published a series of interview with writers discussing their methods and influences.  From world famous authors to those still typing at home alone in secret, we all continue to write. The series aims to showcase the varied ways we go about our chosen craft. You can view the series here.

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Are you an aspiring author?

I love to connect with other writers. If you are looking for a supportive and engaged community of up and coming writers come visit us and join in. You can also search for ‘Aspiring Authors Ireland & UK‘ on Facebook.

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If you anything you would like to discuss feel free to email me at nicola.press@gmail.com

December Girl is now available on Audio. Visit Amazon or Audible or click on the cover below to download.

December Girl audiobook