Nikita Catherine is from Tipperary, Ireland, growing up not far from the original homestead of this story's main characters. She is their great-granddaughter, by their son, Billy, and his wife, Kitty. She is a huge bookworm-fiction and history being her favourite. She based a lot of this book on the anecdotes and stories told to her by her grandmother, Kitty, on how her great-grandparents lived and raised their family in difficult circumstances, and on the stories of what her grandfather got up to with his siblings and kids. She has a diploma in photography-preferring portrait and landscape.