I'm so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for
GRANNY BRICKS A BANDIT
Book 6 in the Fushia Minnesota Mysteries
by Julie Seedorf
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?
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GRANNY BRICKS A BANDIT
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A Word from Julie Seedorf
Thank you, Lisa, for having me here.
It has been a year or two since I have been on a blog tour. It also has been a year or so since I added a new book to my Fuchsia, MN Series. I would love to tell you this book was easy to write but I can’t.
Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt aka Granny is close to my heart. She is the older person who I would love to emulate. Or at least believe that I can take some of her characteristics into old age.
This series began in 2013. I not only added five more books to this series but I also began a new series that is connected to Fuchsia, MN with the Brilliant, MN Series, added my blogs and columns during the ensuing years.
When I sat down to write Granny Bricks A Bandit I found myself forgetting —I did take on that Granny characteristic — some important details in previous books. Writing this book was a labor of love but it was also a time to reminisce about Fuchsia and Granny, and become terrified that I would not get the details right. And then there is also the fear with number six; that it won’t measure up in my readers eyes. I was second guessing myself.
This is the longest I have spent writing one of the books in the series. It was start and stop but I am happy with the final product after many snafus with editing, so I hope we finally have the editing fixed. That was difficult too. I am comma challenged and I depend on others to help me get it right. From now on I am going to be more vigilant because I want the best results for my readers.
Now that I have got past my doom and gloom I will tell you I still love Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt Crickett. She is getting older but she hasn’t slowed down, although at times she is more serious. One of my reviews said that. I debated if I made a mistake in her character by slowing her down a little and not keeping her totally over-the-top.
Originally I planned on ending this series after the fourth book. I would leave readers wondering if Granny had died or survived with nothing more to come. I decided against that but I wanted to make her character evolve.
In the first book, Granny Hooks A Crook, all we see is a forgetful, cunning, mischievous woman with happenings in Fuchsia that would not happen in real life. I was tired of all the perceived ideas of elderly people and tired of all the overly restrictive rules in our communities today. Fuchsia is still that way in book six but Granny has grown.
Over the books you will find why Granny lives her life the way she did, restricting her real personality. Finally she is confident in who she is, and what she does without having to hide her quirks and her wacky personality. She has come into her own.
Even though Fuchsia stays an unusual community its residents have lives and hurts just like us. I hope through all the laughter and foolishness those traits can connect with my readers. I want to make people laugh but I want to touch their hearts too.
Angel, Granny’s young step-granddaughter looks up to Granny and wants to follow in her footsteps. Isn’t that what we want as parents and grandparents; to have our grandchildren learn from us? Perhaps she is Fuchsia’s next amateur sleuth.
Where does Granny go from here? I suspect there is more life for her in the coming years. As of this writing I am editing the old books in the series and finding mistakes that were made by a rookie writer so that I get the facts and spelling right in the coming years. I am always one that writes by the seat of my pants, but finally all the details that aren’t outlined might take me down, so I am creating pages I can share with my readers so they can look up the ancestry of Fuchsia.
And…I am painting with watercolor each building highlighted in the series. They will be available for you to see to help you visualize what you are reading, and they will be available on Fuchsia souvenirs. I want to flood you with Fuchsia to keep you laughing and to make your day better.
Remember, each day is your day. You can choose how you live it. You can choose to laugh in the midst of sorrow. You can choose to hide or step up and live. If you only can take one step you are on your way to tomorrow.–Julie Seedorf
Granny is back and she’s as ornery as ever!
GRANNY BRICKS A BANDIT, the sixth installment of the Fuchsia, Minnesota Mysteries, has been highly anticipated by fans of the series. I know I’ve been looking forward to it. It does not disappoint. It’s the perfect addition to this fun series.
Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt aka Granny, is one of the most original cozy mystery heroines you are ever likely to read. This saucy senior lets nothing and no one stand in her way when she has set her mind on something.
It’s a point of fact that author Julie Seedorf knows what it takes to hook a reader. GRANNY BRICKS A BANDIT had me laughing through practically the entire book. When I wasn’t laughing, I was as intent on discovering the mysteries (Yes. More than one.) in this wonderfully penned tale as Granny herself was. I didn’t do half as well as Granny did. I was surprised at what I read when all the secrets came out.
Rather you’re a returning fan of this series, or a new reader, you won’t go wrong with, GRANNY BRICKS A BANDIT.
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.
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June 13 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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June 14 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
June 14 – Teresa Watson's Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 15 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
June 16 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
June 17 - Laura's Interests – REVIEW
June 17 - A Wytch's Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTEVIEW
June 18 – The Cozy Pages – CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 19 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY
June 19 – I'm All About Books – GUEST POST
June 20 – Maureen's Musings – REVIEW
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June 22 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
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June 23 – Cassidy's Bookshelves – GUEST POST
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