Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I write Cozy Mysteries, although they could be categorized as something different as they aren’t your average Cozy. I write the Fuchsia Minnesota Mysteries. Fuchsia is a fictional town in Minnesota which ignores all the rules we have in our real life communities today. My main character is Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt, better known as Granny. She defies everything we believe about old age and she is an amateur sleuth. I have written four books in the series. They are Granny Hooks A Crook, Granny Skewers A Scoundrel, Granny Snows A Sneak and Granny Forks A Fugitive. The books are published by Cozy Cat Press. I also write a children’s series and have a book out containing the columns I write for newspapers. I am a former computer repair business owner and have had many hats during my lifetime, but writing is my dream career. I like to encourage people to never give up on their dream.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Granny Forks A Fugitive. In my series you learn more about Granny and her family in each book. In Granny Forks A Fugitive, Granny confronts her past and the reader finds what has happened in Granny’s life and in her family that has influenced who Granny is today. All my books are inspired by small town life and the restrictions and labels we live with that I feel limit who we are and how we live our lives.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I plot my books in my head while I am going to sleep or in the early morning when I wake up. My mind is fresh and the weird ideas seem to pop into my head. I always have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine on my desk when I am writing. Coffee during the day and wine at night.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am a big fan of Catherine Coulter. I feel every book I have read has influenced me. I read many different genre’s. I must admit my favorites are mysteries and inspiration. Depending on what mood I am in, my favorites change. I am mesmerized by the creativity and diversity of new authors.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the fifth in my Fuchsia Minnesota series. I also am working on the first book in a new series, probably called the Brilliant Minnesota series. It will be a cozy mystery. It will have ties to Fuchsia, but the community will be totally different than Fuchsia, and the characters will all be new. I am excited about this new series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I promote on my Facebook page, on Amazon, on many, many different Facebook groups, Twitter, my own website, julieseedorf.com, my blog sprinklednotes.com, and whatever venues I can find.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Do not give up on your dream. Listen to your gut but be discerning when listening to the advice of others. Know when a criticism is made to help you or to harm you. Be open to suggestions and don’t give up if it is something you believe in.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Know when to ask for help and listen to constructive criticism. When editing and listening to your editor, take the emotion out of your story so you can see the flaws that need to be corrected.
What are you reading now?
I am reading Just Evil by Vickie McKeehan. It is a new author that I have not read before.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More writing. I hope to expand my column into more newspapers. And I hope to expand on the series I now have and add new. I would also like to publish some children’s stories.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I would bring Catherine Coulter’s new book, Nemesis, Max Lucado’s book, Before Amen, Allen Eskens new book, The Guise of Another, and The Bible.