I’m pleased to have author Julie Seedorf from Minnesota here to chat about her writing and her cozy mystery, Granny Bricks A Bandit, a Fuchsia Minnesota Mystery, that’s on blog tour with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.
Nice to have you here, Julie How long have you been published? What titles and/or series have you published and with which publisher: Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.
I was published in July of 2013.
The Fuchsia, MN Series –Cozy Cat Press
Granny Hooks A Crook
Granny Skewers A Scoundrel
Granny Snows A Sneak
Granny Forks A Fugitive
Granny Pins A Pilferer
Granny Bricks A Bandit
The Brilliant, MN Series-self published by Hermiony Vidalia Books
The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors
The Discombobulated Decipherers
The Granny Is In Trouble Series- Children’s books-self published by Hermiony Vidalia Books
That’s quite a list of books. Please tell us a little bit about them– if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress. If you have an upcoming release, please specify the release date.
Granny Bricks A Bandit from the Fuchsia, MN Series was just released in March. Granny is an over-the-top Senior Citizen that defies what we all believe older people are. She has a menagerie of animals, suitors and a group of friends that help her get in trouble and solve crimes. The community of Fuchsia is a satire on all the rules and regulations we live by in real life. It is an over-the-top community too. The goal is to make people laugh and take them away from the real work for a brief respite.
Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?
My goal as a writer is to make people lives better. I want to give them the gift of laughter and also reach their heart so they know life is worth living. I want to be an encourager.
That’s so nice.
What type of reader are you hoping to attract? Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?
I believe most of my audience might be women and older children. Although I think men might like my books if they like to laugh and want a break from serious subjects.
They say laughter is the best medicine, and your books sound like they would certainly raise people’s spirits.
What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?
Be true to yourself. Follow your instincts when it comes to writing. Don’t try to be like another author. Having said that, be able to take constructive criticism about your writing. It will only make you better. Decide what is of value and what will feed you. And find a good editor. That has been the weakness in some of my books. I have an excellent one that I use for my self-published books. But if you are with a publishing company make sure they have one too. Check all of the manuscript.
What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?
I have to say, I had an easy road. I had no challenges and that is why I call it a nudge from God.
Good for you.
Do you belong to any writing groups? Which ones?
I don’t. Not because they aren’t valuable but I live in a rural area and groups that fit my writing are hours away. If you have a group that is critical of your genre it will not help you.
What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?
Watercolor painting, reading, crafts of any kind, movies and the list can go on. There is always something new.
It’s good for authors to find activities, especially other creative ones, as a break from writing.
What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?
I love the readers I meet and my world has opened up with author friends from all over the world, some being the same people I have read for years. An expanded world teaches on so much about every facet of life and people. My toughest challenge is editing and taking the time to write each day.
I also believe meeting fellow authors whether online or in person is a great way to enrich your life with friendships and networking opportunities. Finding time to write every day certainly is a challenge especially when you work full-time, but it can be done even if only a few minutes a day.
What do you like about writing cozy mysteries?
I can let my imagination soar. Also I like the fact my grandchildren could pick up a book and there would be nothing in that book that I wouldn’t want them to see. Also cozy readers are awesome people.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you or your books?
I came to my computer repair career late in life and also my career as an author. You are never too old to keep learning. If you think you can do it, you will. If you think you can’t, you won’t.
One of the great things about writing is people can do it any age.
It was a pleasure chatting with you, Julie. Best wishes on your new release. I’m sharing the blog tour below.
Granny Bricks A Bandit
(Fuchsia, Minnesota Series)
by Julie Seedorf
About the Book
Granny Bricks A Bandit (Fuchsia, Minnesota Series)
6th in Series
Cozy Cat Press (February 18, 2019)
Paperback: 239 pages
Digital ASIN: B07P1J663L
Granny and her cohorts are at it again! When Granny and her neighbor Mavis, go water-skiing and discover a dead body, Granny’s sleuthing instincts take over! She is determined to identify the corpse and find the killer. But wait! No sooner are Granny and her cohorts on the murderer’s trail, then Mavis’ husband George suddenly disappears! Could he be the killer’s next victim? Or could he be the killer? When the gals take a side trip to the Mall of America, they find a man fell to his death on a climbing wall––and Mavis is certain she spots George nearby! What does it all mean? Will Granny get to the bottom of it, with the help of her entourage of buddies and pets?
About the Author
A Bit About Me As An Impassioned Writer
As human beings, we are always a work in progress. From birth to death we live, hurt, laugh, cry, feel, and with all of those emotions we grow as people, as family members, and as friends. I am a dreamer and feel blessed to have the opportunity in my writing to pass those dreams on to others. I believe you are never too old to dream and to turn those dreams into a creative endeavor. I live in rural Minnesota and I am a wife, mother, and grandmother.
I have worn many hats throughout my life such as working as a waitress, nursing home activities person, office manager and finally a computer repair person eventually owning my own computer sales and repair business. I never forgot my love of writing and quit my computer business in 2012 after signing a contract with Cozy Cat Press for Granny Hooks A Crook, the first book in my Fuchsia, Minnesota Series.
Adding four more books to the Fuchsia Series, adding a new Brilliant, Minnesota Series and writing a column for local newspapers feeds my writing creativity.
I also dabble a bit in watercolor painting and hope to eventually add pictures to my children’s book series, Granny’s In Trouble.
Oh, and did I tell you I like to be a little bit silly.
Other Formats – Nook, BarnesandNoble.com, Ibooks, Overdrive
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