Author Archives: Julie Seedorf

About Julie Seedorf

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 Series with the Cozy Cat Press. The first book in the series, Granny Hooks a Crook, is available now. 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 first book in the series "Whatchamacallit? Thingamajig? is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Life is great, it needs to be lived. There is a child that we keep hidden in all of us in our adult life. We need to let that 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.

Presidents and Their Best Friends!

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My latest column. Happy President’s Day.

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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 hermionyvidaliabooks@gmail.com.

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 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…

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It’s The Cozy Times Chronicle!

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What is it like to be a mystery reviewer and blogger? Lisa A. Kelley will let you know.

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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.

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Editor: Lisa A, Kelley     Staff Reporter: Lisa A. Kelley     Staff Photographer: Lisa A. Kelley

feetThe 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

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Shredding A Life

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Column published November 21, 2016 Something About Nothing

Grandpa thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving

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…

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Proud To Be An American

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My Tribute to Americans

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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…

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Be An Encourager, Not a Discourager

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My column from the Albert Lea Tribune, October 24, 2016

yellow-chair-purposeOver 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…

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Meet Author Tim Hall

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Tim Hall

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This is an interview I did earlier with Tim Hall and his book, Dead Stock. 18702673 Since then he has also released the second book in the Bert Shambles Series titled, Tie-Died. 51lxkv3zbhlGet 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.

 

Revisiting Our Interview with Lisa K’s Book Reviews

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We decided we should re-blog a post from a year ago highlighting reviewer,  Lisa A. Kelley from Lisa K’s Book Reviews. Find out what happens in the day of a reviewer.

A big thank you to Cozy Cat Chronicles for                                                                                                                                               inviting me. I consider it an honor to be here.4995372-32995302_20-v1.jpga

 

My name is Lisa A. Kelley and I’m a cozy mystery book reviewer and blogger. My blog is Lisa Ks Book Reviews. I’m a major animal lover and never remember life without at least one dog being in it. I love everything that has to do with cupcakes. I also love to take a day and just go out and take random photos. I’ve been slacking on that however since I started my blog. 

 

Ah yes, my blog. How it got started: About 4 years ago I went through a very long reading dry spell – over a year long. My sister, who is also a big reader, couldn’t stand seeing me not reading. So, she handed me a cozy mystery about a cupcake bakery and told me to give it a try. What did I have to lose? Oh. My. Goodness! I was in love with that book! I went back and read everything the author wrote. Cozy mysteries were now coursing through my blood. 

 

Next came the joy of discovering new authors. The more I read those wonderful books/series, the more I wanted to know about the authors. So I got online and started looking and researching. And thank you Facebook, I started interacting with the authors and learning so much about them.

 

One important thing I learned was how crucial it is to write a review. Authors count on reviews (good ones) to help them keep writing. Those numbers and the pre-order and first week sales mean everything to authors, their publishers, and us readers, if we want to see the books/series we love continue.

 

I started writing reviews for everything I read and posted them on Amazon. The only place I knew of at the time, but now I post to at least six different sites, not counting my blog. But when I wasn’t reading or writing a review, I found myself bored. I’m on disability, so I’m home all the time. I thought there must be more I could do.

 

July 3, 2013, I started my blog. My first review was posted and I actually got a comment on it from a reader! A reader who to this day, still follows my blog and I’m happy to call friend.

 

Then I interviewed my first author. Then I did my first giveaway. Then an author approached me asking to be on my blog! Wow, I was stunned. And now just over two years later, I feel like I’ve been doing this all my life. Like I was born to do it.

 

Now, it’s my mission in life (Dramatic sounding I know), to do whatever I can to help cozy mystery authors get the word out about their books, to help readers like myself to find new and wonderful titles, and to just continue having a grand time with the wonderful readers and authors I have come to know.

 

I’m looking forward to riding more of this wonderful ride, and I hope you will join me on my journey!      

Make sure you visit Lisa’s Blog.                       

Granny’s Back With A New Mystery!

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Granny’s Back With A New Mystery!

My newest blog post on Sprinkled Notes

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Granny_Pins_A_Pilferer_jpeg (2)After many weeks of sweat and anxiety and….late nights I can finally announce the release of Granny Pins A Pilferer. This is the fifth book in the Fuchsia, Minnesota Series. Over the next week or so I will introduce you to the characters in Granny Pins A Pilferer.  But for now, here is  the back cover description:

Granny is at it again! When Granny accompanies her friend Mavis to the Next To The Last Resting Place nursing home to visit Mavis’ sister, Beulah, both women are shocked to find the new resident dead. Granny, being the amateur detective she is, suspects foul play, and soon she and her entire family concoct a plan to investigate possible shady doings at the nursing home. Granny will enter the home incognito and attempt to determine how Beulah met her suspicious demise. All this happens while Granny’s new husband Silas is entangled in…

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Character Interview: The Quirky Quiz Show Caper

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A great interview with Sandy Fairfax and our own Sally Carpenter.

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>>>Enter to win a print copy of The Quirky Quiz Show Caper<<<
Former teen idol Sandy Fairfax is a guest panelist on a TV game show—and the first category is murder!

When his kid brother, Warren, is framed for killing a college student, Sandy makes it his duty to track down the thug before the police move in. After all, Sandy did play a detective once on a hit TV show. Sandy will get right on the case—right after he visits his kids; fights with his ex; woos his hoped-to-be girlfriend, Cinnamon; and convinces his parents he should be the special entertainment at a black tie gala designed to raise funds for his father’s faltering orchestra. All this while he and his biggest fan attempt to “Raise The Stakes” on a rigged quiz show where––wonder of wonders––the murder victim had recently been a contestant. Sandy’s ready to pull out some…

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Fuchsia and Granny need a Casino Name.

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Help Granny name the new casino.

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It’s time to help me name the new Casino in Granny Pins A Pilferer. The book is going to the editor by the end of the week and I can’t decide a name for the Casino. These are the tops picks that Granny likes the best  from my readers on my facebookpage. The reader whose name is picked will get a mention in my book and a signed copy of Granny Pins A  Pilferer when it comes out.

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