Nathalie Taghaboni of Boardman just released her first fiction novel titled, "Across from Lapeyrouse." She said the book was a work that took her back to her Caribbean roots.
"I took a step back in my roots to write this book," she said. "I do miss the Caribbean and all the carnivals that were held there."
Taghaboni was born in Trinidad. After high school she moved to Toronto, Canada, where she attended the University of Toronto to earn her degree as an English major.
Shown is the cover of Boardman author Nathalie Taghaboni’s newest work “Across from Lapeyrouse.”
While living in Toronto, she married Farid Taghaboni and was settling into a new life. She said she loved writing and became a popular columnist for a Toronto newspaper.
Twelve years ago, her husband's job brought the Taghabonis to Ohio and the family eventually settled down in Boardman. She said for the first eight years she stayed at home and wrote short stories in her spare time. The easy lifestyle took a big change four years ago when she was hired by Turning Technologies of Youngstown. In spite of the time she devotes to her new career, she continue her passion for writing.
"I released my first book three years ago," she said. "I don't know where I found the time to do it."
Her first book was actually a compilation of short stories that contained a Caribbean flare. She said the short stories were satisfying to write, but when it came to a full-length novel, she had never committed the time to work on one until the loss of a dear friend changed everything.
Taghaboni had been toying with the idea of writing a novel for some time. It was her close friend Virginia Elser who encouraged her to go for it and even offered to be the editor for the book. Unfortunately, Elser passed away on Jan. 4, 2011 after a battle with cancer.
Taghaboni said she had the characters for her book stored in her conscience for years, but had never put them into a story. Taking the encouragement that Elser had left her, she decided it was time and she wanted to honor her late friend.
The story is a romance about family secrets. It is set in the Caribbean and, according to Taghaboni, is strictly an adult novel.
"This one is not for the kids," she said.
The book was a challenge for Taghaboni to finish as it took hours of spare time after a regular day's work. When the script was complete and edited, Taghaboni made sure the first page was a dedication to Elser.
"She meant a lot to me," Taghaboni said. "Every time I leaf through the book and come to the dedication page, I tear up. I say, 'This one is for you, kid'."
For the cover of the book, Taghaboni employed the artistic talents of Boardman artist James DeRosa. She said he made a perfect cover and even included one of her favorite creatures. Buried in the swirling art is a hummingbird. She said it takes awhile to find it, but DeRosa did include it.
"There is a lot of symbolism in the cover," she said.
The Kindle version of Taghaboni's book has been out for about three weeks, and the hard copy should be released in the near future. As for where Taghaboni goes next, she has already begun the ground work.
"People are already asking me for a sequel," she said. "So, yes, I plan to do a prequel on how the characters of 'Across from Lapeyrouse' came to be."