Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 15, 2012

Andover Bookstore to host two local authors

The Andover Townsman

---- — Tiffany Schmidt, author of “Send Me a Sign” and A.C. Gaughen, author of “Scarlet,” will read from their young-adult fiction novels and discuss what it’s like to be first-time authors on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore.

In “Send Me a Sign,” Mia is always looking for signs. A sign that she should get serious with her soccer-captain boyfriend. A sign that she’ll get the grades to make it into an Ivy League school.

One sign she didn’t expect to look for was: “Will I survive cancer?”

The author, Tiffany (Fowler) Schmidt, was raised in North Andover, attending Bradstreet, Franklin Elementary, and North Andover Middle School before she graduated from North Andover High School and went on to study English and Elementary Education at Lehigh University.

Whenever she’s back in town visiting her parents and friends, she likes to get in a run on Weir Hill and stop for ice cream at Richardson’s, according to a release.

AC Gaughen was born and raised in Hingham, MA, and attended Mount Holyoke College before absconding to Scotland to finish her education. She now lives in Somerville.

In Scarlet, posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire.

Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past.

There will be books for sale at the Nov. 19 event, and the authors will be available for questions and signing after their presentation. People who are unable to attend the event may contact Andover Bookstore to reserve a signed copy of a book in advance.

Both books are published by the Walker Books division of Bloomsbury.