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.
Blog Tours are amazing. When I explain that I am on a blog tour to someone that does not keep up with the book world I try to explain it in a way they can understand.
I ask my friends if they have ever use a travel agency to book and arrange their travel. I explain to them that we authors also have travel agencies that arrange virtual trips for us. In my case it is Lori Caswell that runs Great Escapes Book Tours.
When my friends travel, their agency arranges their stop in different cities and different tourist sites. The Book Tour companies arrange our stops at blogs that are gracious enough to give us a review, let us write a guest post or conduct an interview. We, authors, travel on virtual trips so we can meet our host and our host introduces us to their guests, which are readers.
When I first started my journey with Cozy Cat Press, I had no idea what a blog tour was. I had no idea that we authors also pack for a blog tour, in that we spend time writing guest posts and answering interview questions. When I pack my suitcase to on a tour in real life I am always in a quandary as to what to pack. The same thing happens when I pack for a blog tour with my writing and my journey to the different blogs. I am always second guessing myself as to what I should be writing.
I am familiar with many of the blogs I visit and if I am not acquainted with a blog I make sure I visit and see what the itinerary is. There are times I approach a tour the same way I might approach my jitters about getting on an airplane in bad weather. I have fears.
Will they like me? Will they like my book? Did I answer the questions right? Was my post appropriate?
The same thing happened to me after I wrote my first couple of books. I am a fan of many authors.
Reading what others have written, visiting their websites and Facebook pages left me in awe. My Fuchsia Minnesota books are based on laughter and fantasy. They are a release from the world. As a Cozy Mystery they fit the genre but they are different.
The doubt sifted in. Maybe I should tone down my characters and my fantasy in my series. Maybe I should tone down the satire? As I sat down to write Granny Snows a Sneak, the doubts were whirling in my mind. As the words became reality on paper and I lost myself in the story, the fear left my body. I realize I want my readers to like my books but I need to be authentic to myself.
I write because I breathe. I write to take myself away from a troubled world full of violence, sadness and stress. I write and put words to paper to transport others who need a break from the world we live in today. Not everyone will appreciate the story. Not everyone will see the need to take themselves away from reality. I can live with that. I write because it is a part of me finally being let loose.
I write because I’m happy. I write because I’m sad. I write because I’m mad. I write silly. I write serious. I write to make a difference, if only in one person’s life, then I have succeeded to show someone the world through my eyes.
I am on a blog tour. I have had help letting the world know I am out here, writing. A blog tour is a journey of places and words that expand our world the same as the tours we take in real life. We meet new people and by that we learn more about the world around us, the same as we do when we book that travel tour with a travel agency.
We authors know we are in good hands with Great Escapes Book Tour and the Blogs that we visit. The welcome mat is out and we are very grateful for every stop. Thank you for welcoming us into your virtual home.
Thank you for stopping by and sharing a great post, Julie! I am currently reading Granny Snows a Sneak. Granny is such a fun character. I am delighted to be participating in your blog tour, and I hope you have a wonderful tour!
About the 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.