Welcome to the merry path of author Nicole R. Dickson.  Originally from California, Nicole currently resides in North Carolina with her daughter, a dog, a cat, and many aged, ill-mannered oak trees.  Nicole has written two novels, Casting Off (2009 NAL/Penguin) and Here and Again (June 3, 2014) and is working on a third.


A path is best if shared so please feel free to wander about here with her.


  1. I have been waiting for another novel since Casting Off. I am so happy to have found your website. Will be adding Here and Again to my book collection. Looking forward to future novels.
    Would love to be on a mailing list, if you decide to post news letters.
    I will continue to check your website for current blogs.
    So glad your back.

  2. Hello Nicole,

    I heard of Here and Again as well but the email bounced back…Ah the vagaries of the internet!
    Kindly add my name in the hat for the giveaway please! I am intrigued by your synopsis to say the least and hope to review it.
    Thank you for the sweet opportunity and God bless,

  3. Mernie Matthews

    June 27, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Nicole, I volunteer with your father at our senior center library and started to read Here and Again as a courtesy to Bill. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Bill had done me a favor. I loved Here and Again. Couldn’t put it down and yet didn’t want it to end. All of us in the library who have read it have felt the same way. If it takes another five years, it will be worth the wait to read another book like this. Thanks, Mernie

  4. Nicole, I have read Casting On 3 times so far. Read it the first time flying to Ireland. I went to the Aran Islands & saw old headstones with the Dirane name. It made your novel so real to me. I will read it over & over again. Thanks so much.

  5. 10/8/17
    I just discovered Casting Off. It’s a wonderful book. I’m an avid knitter and loved the stitch references. I also have Irish ancestry, with DNA saying 31%.
    I also live in NC, in Garner. I look forward to reading your other books.

  6. Hi. Loved Casting Off. Will there
    Be a sequel?♡

  7. Nicloe,

    Currently reading Here and Again, and while it was very different, I’ve come to love it. Especially since I live on one of the Civil War towns.

  8. Laura Murphy Douglas

    July 3, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    I love Casting Off. I have read it three times now. Look forward to more.

  9. Charlotte (Anne) Daniels

    July 8, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I have read both your books and just finished Casting Off for the 3rd time. A truly good book becomes an old friend that I re-visit from time to time. I remembered the ending wrong and was so very surprised when it was not as I remembered. (BUT glad!!) Hope a new book is in the wind. Your are so talented.
    Thank you for sharing your gifts.

  10. Just finished Casting Off and loved every minute. Wished you had included pictures of the various knitting stitches you mention in the chapters. The definitions are helpful, but as a novice knitter I was interested in seeing what the stitches looked like. Perhaps when you have the next relese of this book you can add in pictures?

  11. Administrator

    January 5, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Nancy,
    Thank you for reading Casting Off! The names of the stitches were mine – metaphors for what was happening in the chapter. Some of them I made up by combining stitches. There is a great book for the Aran patterns – 220 Aran Stitches Volume 5 by Harmony.

    Thanks for the note and for walking the island!


  12. Administrator

    January 5, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Anne,

    Sorry for the delay in response here. I appreciate the note. Anytime someone takes time out of there lives to read a book, authors are more than honored, I’ll tell you. But having a story that someone walks more than once is a gift. I very happy you enjoyed the stories.

    Thank you for the note, here.


  13. Administrator

    January 5, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Laura,

    Apologies for the delay. Technical difficulties here. I am very grateful for this note and happy you enjoyed reading Casting Off. I loved writing it. I’m honored it speaks to you so much that you spend time reading it more than once.
    Thanks for wandering around the island.

  14. Administrator

    January 5, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Good morning Karen,

    If you live in a town of the Civil War, you live in a beautiful place! It was a wonder as I walked that war how such a violent and bloody conflict could have been fought in such amazing places.

    I hope you enjoyed the book. I love writing stories where people are on the edge of tumbling into darkness and find a way back. It speaks, I hope, to our dying, rising reality.


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