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Ogdensburg native wins independent publishing award for north country novel


When Ogdensburg native Kate Bracy sat down to write her first novel, her writing quickly took on a life of its own.

“It sounds crazy, but she really began to write the novel herself,” Ms. Bracy said of her main character, Melanie Davis. “She has a really strong voice.”

Set on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Ms. Bracy’s debut novel, That Crazy Little Thing, follows Melanie as goes on a journey to reconnect with her daughter after her best friend, Donna, who reveals she has cancer.

“Donna reveals to Melanie that, as a teenager, she gave away a child,” Ms. Bracy said. “The narrator and her daughter take it upon themselves to see if they can find the son that her friend hasn’t seen since she was a teenager.”

In May, while at the third annual IndieReader Discovery Awards at Book Expo America, she was honored with the Indiereader Discovery Award in Women’s Fiction.

This is the fourth independent publishing award the novel has received since it was published in June 2013.

Writing, Ms. Bracy said, is her way of making sense of the chaotic world around her.

“I have been writing since I was 8,” Ms. Bracy said. “It is how processed the world. People learn to and interact with the world in different ways. Some people are very visual and some people need to process with other people in order to make sense of things. I needed to write things in order to process them in my mind.”

Ms. Bracy said it’s her characters that resonate the most with readers.

“I’ve heard from so many readers who each said they connected with the novel in a different way,” she said. “Mothers of teenagers, people who have stood beside someone during an illness, anyone who has given up on love or raised the Catholic Church or placed a child for adoption can relate to this book.”

Although she left home at the age of 28 and now lives in Seattle, WA, Ms. Bracy said Ogdensburg still has a special place in her heart and continues to inspire to her today.

“I miss the small town atmosphere, the river and of course my family,” Ms. Bracy said. “It was very clear early on that Melanie lived on the St. Lawrence River. It served as more than just a backdrop. The river is almost a character in the novel. Melanie keeps going back to it.”

Ms. Bracy’s blog can be found here:

Her novel can be purchased on

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