Tyler County has always been a place full of mystery. For years, people have come from far and wide to find answers to these generational mysteries. Some people say it’s hidden in the deepest part of the mountains, others say it’s at the bottom of a creek and, as always, there are skeptics. After all these years, Jessica Bloomer may just have the key to unlocking these secrets. But is all of this treasure worth her risking her life?
Such is the synopsis of West Virginia author Storm Young’s new book, “The Final Secret.”
Some readers may remember a feature story the West Virginia Daily News did on Young back in June of this year. Young burst onto the scene with her first published book, “The Pen Pal: A West Virginia Mystery,” which sold numerous copies in the U.S. and around the world.
During that last interview, Young was working on her second release, “The Final Secret,” and as of a couple weeks ago, that book is now on the shelves as well and is receiving some early, positive reviews.
Young says she has been excitedly anticipating the release of “The Final Secret.”
“This book took a full year to complete. I wanted to do the best I could to make this book as close to perfect as possible. With the help of my editor, and advance readers giving me feedback, I believe it will be a story that mystery lovers enjoy,” Young says.
Even though her first book was a success, Young says she learned so much from its process, from writing to release, that she has made her second story, in her opinion, even better.
“From my last novel, I received a ton of helpful feedback. In my last book, everything was new to me. I was trying to figure everything out for the very first time. Now I am lucky enough to have a small team helping me with feedback, formatting, proofreading and so much more. I am so thankful for these wonderful people that are helping me get better and better with each novel,” Young says.
Young has a specific writing style that helps her along these long roads of book publishing. She also wants fans to know what to expect from her stories.
“I typically write fast-paced mysteries with a big, plot-twist ending. That is exactly what this novel is. Just keep in mind when you are reading it that you can’t trust anyone, and everyone has a secret,” she says.
Young also prefers to relate her stories to a reader’s own life and experiences.
“Each reader is looking for something different when they are picking out a book. But I would like to believe that I bring a bit of nostalgia for those who used to live in a small town and moved away. I know my novels do this for me,” Young say.
“My husband is in the military we are constantly away from home, but when I am writing I am walking in the woods in the West Virginia mountains trying to solve a mystery,” she adds.
One thing is for sure, as broad as her writing talents are, Young has a knack for the mystery and thriller genres.
“I would say that it is my specialty,” Young says. “Mysteries are my favorite genre to write. I have always been someone who loves a good mystery. My grandmother and I used to watch a lot of mystery movies and shows while I was growing up. I think this also plays a large part in my love of mysteries and it brings me a bit closer to her when I write,” she says.
“The Final Secret,” can be found in West Virginia bookstores and on Amazon.
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