I am a rambler. That means I am a talker and I flip from one subject to another. Occasionally I write that way too. I can't make my blog about any one subject, there are too many things to say. I am an author of the Fuchsia, Minnesota and Brilliant Minnesota Cozy Mystery Series with Cozy Cat Press. The first book in the series, Granny Hooks a Crook, is available now Kindle price always .99. Along with that, I write a column called Something About Nothing. Again, I do, what I do best, write about nothing. I also feel that as a Grandmother, yes I am old, I want my grandkids to know who Grandma used to be so I also created the Granny Is In Trouble Series. My books in the series "Whatchamacallit? Thingamajig? and Snicklefritz is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Life is great, it needs to be lived. There is a child we keep hidden in all of us in our adult life. We need to let the child out once in awhile. We can learn so much from children. Watch their awe when they first discover the world. If we can recapture that, we can recapture the wonder of life.
Al Boyer is a guest on my Mysterious Musings Blog today on my Author Website julieseedorf.com. I thought I would share it with you. Make sure you pop over to my website and sign up for my newsletter or to follow my blog.
I am very happy to have Author, Al Boyer on my blog today. His new series came out this year with his first book Death at the Presidents Church. Let’s get acquainted with Al Boyer.
Author Interview Allen Boyer
Please share a little insight as to who Allen Boyer is?
I’m a father of three children, which makes it a bit of a challenge to find time to write. However, I am blessed to work with two different publishers as a writer, so I’ve been very fortunate with my books. My current publisher is Cozy Cat Press.
What was the first thing you ever wrote that made you think perhaps you would like to be a writer?
In college, I had a short story published in a national magazine. I was the only student in our English Department to get published at that level. I think that’s when I realized I…
I am excited to spotlight Author Abby Vandiver on my new blog today. I am in the midst of reading Bed and Breakfast Bedlam, book one in the Logan Dickerson mysteries, and I am loving it. I will be purchasing the rest. I love funny, quirky characters and Abby’s characters remind me of Granny and Jezabelle in my series of books. Abby is a cozy writer and I would highly recommend her books. What makes her visit exciting is that she is introducing her sixth installment of this series, South Seas Shenanigans. I have to read fast to catch up. Welcome, Abby.
It’s the sixth installment of an Amazon #1 Best Selling cozy mystery series by Author Abby Vandiver! South Seas Shenanigans continues the adventures of amateur sleuths, Logan Dickerson, archaeologist, and Vivienne Pennywell, aka, Miss Vivee – a five-foot-nothing, ninety-something Voodoo herbalist.
Published in the Albert Lea Tribune the week of March 27, 2017
I was home alone last week. Although my adventures weren’t quite as exciting as the “Home Alone” movie, I did have fun. Grandpa was cat sitting with the catkids. He left his cats at home to keep an eye on me. And they did. They stuck to me like glue.
I like to be home alone occasionally for a period of time. Earlier in my life I did not like being alone. I think perhaps I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin, but now I enjoy solitude for small periods of time when I don’t have to worry about meals, dishes, a clean house or doing what might be expected of me. I can be messy. I can be neat. I can turn my music up as loud as I want without…
Column the week of February 20, 2017,Wells resident Julie Seedorf’s column appears every Monday in the Albert Lea Tribune. Send email to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FDR at a picnic on “Sunset Hill” near Pine Plains, NY. Fala is 4 months old. The doll next to the president is a handmade shaker doll made by Mary Garettson of Rhinebeck, NY. August 8, 1940
Today is Presidents Day. Do you know why we celebrate this day? I am one of those people who have not paid much attention as to the observance, other than it is a holiday to shop and have a long weekend.
I decided to look up a little history, and then I thought it might be fun to look a little into the history of first dogs, too. Those presidents loved their animals.
Following George Washington’s death in 1799, the day of his birthday, Feb. 22, became…
Today I have Lisa A. Kelley and her Cozy Times Chronicle. We will find out a little about life as a book reviewer. Lisa is on my blog and I am on hers with Fuchsia’s Cozy Times Chronicle. Make sure you read both of ours to find out the lengths we go to read books.
Editor: Lisa A, Kelley Staff Reporter: Lisa A. Kelley Staff Photographer: Lisa A. Kelley
The Glamorous Life of a Cozy Mystery Reviewer/Blogger
I get out of bed at the crack of 7:00, sometime 8:00, okay . . . sometimes’s 9:00 AM. I go through my morning grooming routine, which takes a solid five minutes, unless I’m in a hurry. I change into my work clothes, a fresh nightgown and my not always so fresh slippers a.k.a my scuff scuffs. It’s on to the kitchen to prepare a healthy breakfast of Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies
Column published November 21, 2016 Something About Nothing
I shredded a life today. Piece by piece I dropped it into the shredder, pushed the button and ground it up.
This has been a topsy-turvy month that has swung from the uncertainty of the presidential election to honoring our veterans, to being thankful for all we have with the celebration of Thanksgiving.
This is the month friends and family are posting 30 days of thanks on Facebook, and I intended to do that, too. I have been hit and miss, not because I have not been thankful, but I found disorganization and weariness stopping me from taking the time to post. And so, I took some time to get rid of the past that is weighing me down.
As I was shredding the life, I realized that many of the details going into my shredder were not happy things…
I am grateful that I was born in the United States of America because my Polish Grandparents and my Great-Great Grandparents immigrated from Holland. I am here because they took the risk to come to a new country. This week is not only the week we vote but also the week we honor Veterans. My husband is a Veteran of the Viet Nam war. This week I will honor Veterans each day in some way on my Author Page and also on my personal page and my blog Sprinkled Notes. So Veterans, This week
is for you.
My column this week in the Albert Lea Tribune and The Courier-Sentinel
This past week my husband and I visited the VA Clinic in Minneapolis. Since the elections are tomorrow and this is also the week we celebrate our Veterans it might be fitting to write about our experience with the Veterans Administration…
Over the past few years when I speak at an author event, someone always asks me if I knew I wanted to become a writer when I was in grade school. I usually come up with an off-hand answer because I was never quite sure when the spark of creativity was born in my life. I knew it wasn’t during my elementary school years because I pretty much felt as if I wasn’t very smart or didn’t have much to offer.
It wasn’t until I listened to author Allen Eskens highlight his years in school that the lightbulb came on in my own brain. Listening to his story about his challenges in the school systems, I came to understand I wasn’t alone in my interest or noninterest in formal education in my youth. I’ve always felt guilty about the…
This is an interview I did earlier with Tim Hall and his book, Dead Stock. Since then he has also released the second book in the Bert Shambles Series titled, Tie-Died.Get to know Tim a little better and find out how he relates to his series.
Where are you from?
The Gramercy Park section of Manhattan.
Where did you grow up?
Long Island. I preferred Manhattan.
What interests did you have as a child?
Writing! I wanted to be a writer at age 10.
Who influenced you when you were a child?
JRR Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allen Poe and Agatha Christie. My mom and dad too, of course!
Where do you live now?
Manhattan, Upper East Side.
Do you have a family?
Yes. A wife and one boy, who’s 8. Three siblings, a big extended family of in-laws, and my mom is still on Long Island and doing well at the tender age of shut-the-hell-up.
What are your hobbies besides writing?
Cooking, running, painting.
Is writing your main career and if not how did you choose your main career?
I’m a graphic artist by day, which I fell into because I needed to do something than being a messenger or moving man, which I did in my early 20s. At one job I started teaching myself how to use the small Mac they had in the back room, and it went on from there.
What makes Tim Hall Sad? Mad?
Cruelty of any kind makes me unspeakably sad, so I try to avoid it. Our current political/media culture, that glorifies welfare to billionaires while demonizing the poor and unlucky as “lazy” makes me enraged. When Rupert Murdoch dies I’m going to find out where he’s buried and leave a mess on his grave. I hate bullies.
How did you get the idea for Dead Stock?
It’s based on an old story fragment that I wrote more than 20 years ago, which I found in a box at my mom’s house a few years back and started rewriting from scratch. I don’t remember the inspiration for that fragment, but I was reading a lot of James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard, Sue Grafton and Lawrence Block that summer, I remember.
Is Bert Shambles anything like you?
Yes and no. I also grew up rather poor, from a broken home, but I was never in trouble with the law or owned a cool car. The most we have in common is that he wants to get off Long Island, just as I did when I was his age. Also, he’s much more genuinely sweet than I am.
How did you hear of Cozy Cat Press?
My agent was trying to sell DEAD STOCK for more than a year, but although the major houses loved the sound of it, they all turned it down once they learned it was a male protagonist—a real no-no in Cozy Land, but also the real why I wanted a male character…I love cozies and just wanted to read something that would appeal to a reader like myself!
What do you want people to know about Tim Hall?
I didn’t do it.
Give us a final statement that sums up your life.
I am truly the luckiest guy in the world, and extremely, absurdly happy. Don’t let the sometimes bristly exterior fool you. I’d live forever if I could.
Tim can be found right here on this blog. Visit our author pages.