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The Discombobulated Decipherers
by Julie Seedorf
The Discombobulated Decipherers: A Brilliant, Minnesota Mystery
2nd in Series
Self Published (November 21, 2017)
Print Length: 195 pages
It’s Christmas in Brilliant, Minnesota, and Brilliant is known for its glitzy Christmas traditions. A world-renowned Christmas pageant, the town square decked out with Santa’s Village and a live nativity scene bring visitors to Brilliant each year. Just as the tourists arrive, Jezabelle Jingle and her mystery writer friend, Miranda, find the body of Ernest the elf dead and wrapped in a bundle of Christmas lights in the town square. Is Ernest part of a new holiday puzzle the Discombobulated Decipherers need to solve? Or is dead Ernest part of a bigger plot? Will Jezabelle decipher the clues so Brilliant can celebrate Christmas in peace? Or will Jezabelle be the next gift-wrapped box under the village tree?
Interview With the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I always kept a diary even when I was very young. From there I would write poetry about my experiences especially in high school. Then we had a creative writing class one quarter in school and I got A’s, an. I found I loved to spin tales with my imagination and I was hooked.
What genres do you write in?
So far I have been writing in the Cozy Mystery Genre and some kid’s books but I have a serious book in the works for the future. I hope to branch out into more genres.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I actually didn’t know what a cozy mystery was when I wrote it. I wrote the book and then I was reading a book I thought sounded like mine and found Cozy Cat Press was the publisher so I sent my book in. I learned a lot cozies since then.
How did you break into the field?
I call it God and a whisper from him. I was reading a book by Cozy Cat Press. On a whim I sent a query letter and they answered with wanting my manuscript. My manuscript was too short but they offered advice on fixing it and then said they might consider me for a contract. I did what they said and they accepted me into their publishing company authors.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I want to take my readers away from the real world for a while and make them laugh and forget about their troubles. As I build my series I add more background and I hope feeling to my characters, bringing out characteristics which I hope we can all connect to. As both my series progress you will find what makes my characters behave the way they do. All of us are products of our past.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
My readers and the author friends I have made. Writing has opened up my world from small town Minnesota to even other countries by the people I have met and what I learn from them.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Editing, I am comma challenged and though I do ok with my manuscript I need someone to take a fresh look and fix my flaws. I want to write and not worry about whether I am correct. When the flow is going I can’t always control what comes out and taking the time to edit seems excruciating when I could be writing.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Believe in yourself. Be able to take constructive criticism when others look at your piece with fresh eyes, but hold true to what you feel is right for you. You don’t need to write like your favorite author. Individuality is what makes each author’s books unique.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Well, of course I love cozy mysteries but I also love thrillers. And I read self-help books and devotionals too. I love to read and if a book is interesting it doesn’t always have to be a certain genre for me to pick it up. I get tingly in bookstores because I want to buy all the books.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
At the age of 55 I learned to repair computers and worked in the field, eventually owning my own computer repair business which I retired from three years ago. I love technology, graphic programs and I can fix my own computers. You are never too old to learn. You just have to believe you can do it.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
Readers can visit my website at http://julieseedorf.com, my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/julie.seedorf.author, my sprinklednotes blog at http://sprinklednotes.com, twitter: http://twitter.com/julieseedorf, or they can email me at email@example.com. I also write a column and they can find it each Monday at the Albert Lea Tribune. It is called Something About Nothing.
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 lifetime such as working as a waitress, nursing home activities, office manager and finally computer repair person eventually owning my own computer 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.
Sprinkled Notes Blog: http://sprinklednotes.com
Merchandise from my books: https://www.zazzle.com/hermiony
Purchase Link – Amazon
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