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August 22, 2013

Wells resident achieves dream with debut mystery novel

Wells resident achieves dream with debut mystery novel

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The novel, Seedorf said, is written in the style of so-called "cozy mysteries," light capers and whodunits that often include a quaint setting, quirky protagonists and focus on engaging plots and characters rather than the technicalities of crime-solving. Such books also tend toward subtlety and humor, as opposed to racier and more hard-boiled iterations of the genre.

Though cozy mysteries are generally targeted to an older, female demographic, they occupy a stable niche in the industry.

Several larger publishing houses — including Penguin, Random House and Simon & Schuster — as well as a number of smaller presses publish a variety of mysteries each season. Cozy Cat Press itself has a stable of nearly 30 writers and 40 titles.

"There are so many great authors out there," said Seedorf, adding that she has already begun the installment of her Fuschia series. "One of the best things about this is being able to meet all the authors through the publishing company. I feel like I finally fit in."

As for the story, Seedorf said she started writing about Granny without any inkling of where the story would go, or how it would end.

"I woke up every day with a new chapter in my head," she said.

When she finished, Seedorf self-published the book for free through Amazon. A few months later, after reading a book from Cozy Cat Press, she sent a query letter to the publisher. When they showed interest, she sent her manuscript for review.

The publishing house asked her to add 25,000 words, which Seedorf completed in a few months.

The book debuted in July and is now available from Amazon in paperback and e-book formats. The book will further be available in some Barnes and Noble locations and Seedorf has begun developing a line of T-shirts and mugs featuring Granny's likeness.

"When I wrote ("Granny Hooks a Crook") in 2012, I never had any thoughts I'd possibly be any good," Seedorf said. "But at my age, what have I got to lose?"

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