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Spa City man's debut novel hits shelves

The storyline flits from topic to topic but there is one theme that's constant throughout.

"One thing woven throughout the story is an Irish theme," said Nolan. "The title itself is an Irish proverb and each chapter begins with an Irish proverb that mirrors what will take place in that chapter."

Nolan works full-time for a health care and pharmaceutical company so writing sessions were random and sometimes unconventional.

"I have a lake house in the Adirondacks; I like to spend as much time as possible there, it's one of my favorite places to write. Cross country plane trips are another great place to get some writing done," said Nolan. "At various times I'd get up at 4 a.m. and write for a couple hours before I started my day."

Nolan said every writer's goal is to take readers to an alternate world and if "A Drink Precedes A Story" accomplishes that, he's done his job.

"When you read a book you journey to another time and place and you depend on the author to take you there and make you feel like you're part of the story," said Nolan. "At the end if the reader says 'This was a very worthwhile read' then I'm pleased."

Early reviews have praised the book in its entirety but it's the epilogue that gives it that final kick.

"The story is one thing but the epilogue is a final piece that comes into play totally unexpectedly," said Nolan. "Readers have been very complimentary about how it has taken them by surprise and impressed them and touched them in a certain way."

Nolan has already started working on his second book, which will be set in Saratoga Springs.

"A Drink Precedes A Story" is available at The Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza, Market Block Books in Troy, Crafters Gallery in Saratoga Springs, Celtic Treasures in Saratoga Springs, Delucia's in Malta and will soon be listed on amazon.com.

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