Local author releases first installment in trilogy of books
By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Manchester author Veronica O’Leary visited Mary Cheney Library on Monday, Aug. 26, to read from her recently published novel, “Circles the Trilogy, Book 1: Damaged Goods.” Many of those who attended the event have read the first installment in her saga about the deeply-layered characters she has named Princeton and Tallulah.
O’Leary plans to tell the story of the romance between her two main characters through a series of three books. Their love is, according to O’Leary, “obsessive and unnatural.” It is a combination of romance, faith and suspense.
O’Leary’s first publishing success has come after five years of living and breathing the characters. She stepped her toes in the waters of novel-writing after a time in her life when she had faced many challenges. After losing her husband and mother close together, O’Leary needed to cling to her faith to find direction once again. After praying, she awoke with an inspiration in her mind to write a story about these characters. “In my mind and heart, the whole foundation was: what could be people’s greatest test of faith?” she asked herself. It took her 14 months to put pen to paper and have her first manuscript ready for a publisher. “I would write 16 hours a day, drink 14 cups of coffee, smoke a pack of cigarettes,” she said, and described the “fine line” of sanity there is for a creative person.
But, as she read aloud from her book, the characters began to take shape; Princeton is a man of few words and deep emotions, Tallulah a smart woman who was in love - to her surprise. As O’Leary read aloud from her book, fans followed along in their own copies. The author strung together words which painted detailed and intricate pictures of people, places and emotions.
“I am totally vested in the success of this story because I truly believe this is a story that will touch people’s hearts,” O’Leary said.
“The book just grabbed you and pulled you in,” said one person in the audience. “It becomes part of you and takes over,” he said.
Many who have read the book insist to O’Leary that it would make a great movie. She is seeking out opportunities to perhaps see this happen. “We are in the infancy stages now because ‘Circles’ only went live two months ago,” she said.
“I always loved to write,” said O’Leary, “But I never really thought writing would be my vehicle.”
The book is dedicated to her mother and husband.