Granny Snows A Sneak
by Julie Seedorf
Granny Snows A Sneak
(Fuchsia, Minnesota Book 3)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (November 6, 2014)
E-Book ASIN: B00PSYBB3S
Granny may be retired as Fuchsia, Minnesota’s one-woman undercover sleuth for the Fuchsia Police Department, but that doesn’t mean she still doesn’t need a trusty weapon. Her weapon of choice? A pink snow shovel. When Granny runs over a dead body with her snowmobile, she unwittingly sets off a chain of events that involves mislabeled corpses, empty graves, and stolen money––lots of it! Who’s at the bottom of this years old crime? Granny has an idea, but she has little time to investigate, when in just days she’s scheduled to marry the love of her life, Franklin Gatsby, in a post-Christmas ceremony. So, Granny decides to enlist the help of her friends and neighbors. Add in Christmas holiday excitement and the arrival of Granny’s family, who are all there for her wedding, and mayhem ensues. Of course, Granny can always count on her many furry friends to provide her with moral support, but it’s quite possible that Granny––that is, Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt––has a secret or two of her own, which may very well be revealed as GRANNY SNOWS A SNEAK.
IT’S A DREAM
I am an author. I am an author. Occasionally I have to pinch myself to remind myself while sitting at my computer all day, weaving fantasy, that I am not wasting time or playing when I should be doing something else. Writing has actually become my career.
It wasn’t easy to quit my day job and go for my dream. Life’s circumstances and events brought me to the reality if I didn’t take the leap now I never would. I listened to the naysayers. I read the words in newspapers and books that advised people to keep your day job while pursuing a career in writing because most writers cannot make it with a writing career in the real world.
Opening my eyes one morning, I couldn’t explain the feeling, but I knew it was time to take the leap. I made the snap decision. Scared, I told my spouse. I was surprised when he said he would have my back.
With fear in my heart, I immediately closed my business.
I already had a contract with Cozy Cat Press for my Fuchsia, Minnesota Cozy Mysteries. I already wrote a column once a week for area newspapers. During the day I ran my own computer repair business. Writing was my hobby. I would be giving up a good income for a feast or famine income. My friends, though supportive, were scared for me because in their world it was imperative to bring home an exact pay check every week. It was almost as if I had told them I was running away to Hollywood to become an actor. I was living in a dream world.
They were right, writing is a dream world, and it is my dream world. My writing takes me to places that are frivolous and silly. I weave tales of old women that are very different from the way society sees senior citizens in our world today. I create fake communities that defy the rules and regulations we have in our communities.
I look at the world around me and see cloned houses and neighborhoods. I bristle at the neighborhood rules that are in place today. I bite my tongue when the commercials portraying senior citizens as old and decrepit pop up on my television screen. I look at what is portrayed in the news on any given day and wonder, “Why wouldn’t we be stressed and depressed?”
I realize now, if I immerse myself a dream world which takes me away from reality for a short time, I am a better, happier person when immerging from my fantasy state. I can then confront cloned houses, young people’s views of old age and bad news of the day.
I have been accused of writing drivel. One review said I had scrambled eggs for a brain. But I love writing drivel and having scrambled eggs for a brain. I love being able to take my readers away from reality for a short time and take them into the world of Fuchsia, Minnesota and the lives of Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt and her family and friends.
There is a little lesson I would like people to learn from my Fuchsia Minnesota books and from Granny. It might be best explained in Granny’s voice. “Let your little shine, be true to thine. Don’t let yourself become old, it’s a myth that you are told. That little child inside of you still knows how to come out and say boo. Someday it may be the wrinkle farm, today kick up your heels, it’ll do no harm. Never give up your dream, if you do you might want to scream. “
About This Author
Author Julie Seedorf is a columnist, author and dreamer. She lived her live as a wife and mom, experiencing various careers including that of computer technician, retiring from her computer repair business in January of 2014 to follow her dream and transition to that of full-time writer.
Beside her Fuchsia, Minnesota Series, she is the author of the Granny’s In Trouble Series bringing mystery to the life of young readers along with sharing who Granny is under the wrinkles, so her grandchildren will always know that Granny can be forever young. Her column Something About Nothing, is written with the idea that under the nothings we all talk about there is a hidden something waiting to get out.
Julie is a longtime Minnesota resident who shares the tough Minnesota winters with her Granny character. Outside of writing she likes to read, try new hobbies and scurries to keep up with her social media. She lives with her husband and has two shysters of her own, Borris and Natasha. Her favorite moments are those she spends with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.
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