A WEE COUNTY author's graphic novel is now on sale after locals and other supporters helped her raise the money needed to get the book published.

Katie Carmichael's 'My Great Grandfather, the Alien', is a unique tale about her mysterious great-grandfather, said to have been murdered in New York in the 1930s.

As the Advertiser reported back in July, Alloa-based writer Katie launched an online fundraiser to raise the money needed to publish her book.

And now, two months later, Katie's story is now on sale online and in a shop in Dollar after Advertiser readers and others generously supported the fundraiser.

Business owner Nuala Hewer is even selling copies of Katie's book from her popular vintage shop in Dollar.

Nuala said: "Katie's vintage scrapbook-style book is a perfect fit for Kitty at Home.

"Our customers love vintage, handmade and locally designed gifts and products.

"We're delighted to be the only high street stockist of this locally designed book, so anyone local looking to pick up a copy can save on postage costs by picking one up from us here and will be supporting two local small businesses in one go."

Katie said: "I'm really humbled by the support and encouragement I've had from the Advertiser's readers for this project and I'm thrilled to see my book on display locally in Kitty at Home.

"Where better than a vintage shop to sell a graphic novel set in 1930s New York?

"I think my great-grandfather would approve."

Elaborating on the tale when she last spoke to this newspaper, she said: "[My Great Grandfather] Thomas grew up in Glasgow but shortly after he married, his work as a ship steward kept him at sea far more than he was ever on land.

"All the information our family had about him since then was his name and a story that he'd been murdered on the docks in New York.

"We finally got some answers from archive documents, and it's a story worth telling."

To buy Katie's graphic novel, stop by Kitty at Home in Dollar or visit katiecarmichaeldesign.com