(The headline is wrong; this is actually my third book.)
Ticonderoga author, Jodi Auborn, recently had her third book published: Secrets of the North Country: The Hobo’s Story. It is the sequel to her first novel, Stormwind of the North Country, published in 2009.
“Like Stormwind of the North Country, I had begun writing “Secrets” when I was much younger. When I was in high school in the early 1990’s, an inmate escaped from a nearby prison. The police suspected that he was living in the area forests, surviving off the land. The news reports about him really sparked my imagination. I began writing a story about Jake, one of the characters from “Stormwind,” who was wrongfully accused of a crime and becomes a fugitive running from the law. However, unlike the escaped convict who inspired the story, Jake is an innocent man who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Secrets of the North Country takes place in the fictional Adirondack town of Sprucewood, NY. In the story, fourteen-year-old Kat, her younger brother, and best friend help the wanted man by hiding him in a secret room in the family’s historic 1845 farmhouse. When Jake is discovered, they must prove his innocence and expose the true criminal before it is too late. Meanwhile, Kat must deal with her domineering aunt who is acting as their guardian when their father is out of town, and a corrupt cop who is determined to serve justice.
Like “Stormwind,” “Secrets” was written for readers of about 10 to 15 years old. “That first draft that I wrote in high school and college ended up sitting in my desk for years. I never really forgot about it, though. I signed a contract to begin rewriting it in August 2011, and got it finished and submitted just two days before the February 1st deadline. Like my other books, the publishing process went quickly, and Secrets of the North Country was released in mid-February.”
The author would like to thank all of her readers and buyers for their support, and interest in her writing. She has donated a copy of “Secrets” to the Blackwatch Memorial Library in Ticonderoga. For more information, people may visit the author’s website at www.jodilauborn.webs.com.