TICONDEROGA - Jodi Auborn of Ticonderoga has published her first book, Stormwind of the North Country.
Set in the Adirondack Mountains, it is a teen novel about the adventures of a girl, her horse and her dog during one summer.
"In all, the book took me 22 years to write, well over half my life,"Auborn said. "It began as a simple short story I wrote at 9 years old. Over the years, through middle school, high school, college and beyond, I just kept getting ideas for new characters and situations, and wrote several drafts, on and off.
"I queried about 25 publishers and agents, with no luck," she continued. "By then, I was working full-time, so the manuscript became almost forgotten and sat in my desk drawer for several years. After I was laid off in December '08, I realized that I once again had time for writing, so I did a revision of the entire book.
"In the Internet, I found PublishAmerica, and they accepted my manuscript in February 2009," Auborn said. "They were a great company to work with, and they are not a vanity publisher. I didn't have to pay one cent for publication or printing. The publishing process went quickly, and Stormwind of the North Country was released in mid-April."
The book was written especially for girls of about 10-14 years old.
In the story, 14-year-old Kat's life is changed forever when she must fight for the preservation of her father's land, the safety of her best friend and the life of Stormwind, the horse she loves.
"Some places in the story may seem familiar to area readers," Auborn said. "I was born here in Ticonderoga, my mother's hometown, but grew up in Hadley and Lake Luzerne. The book's fictitious towns of Sprucewood and Buck Creek are loosely based on Hadley-Luzerne and Schroon Lake, respectively. Then in the middle of the book, the main character and her friend live in an abandoned Adirondack lean-to on a wilderness pond, like those you find around here in the Pharaoh Wilderness Area."
The author has donated one copy to the Black Watch Memorial Library in Ticonderoga, and signed copies may be purchased there.
It can also be purchased from www.amazon.com, and the online bookstore at www.publishamerica.com.
For more information, visit the author's website at http://www.jodilauborn.webs.com