Wells woman is at it again with new release of 8th book

Published 10:31 am Friday, February 5, 2016

Julie Seedorf's book, "The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors," will be released Monday. - Kelly Wassenberg/Albert Lea Tribune

Julie Seedorf’s book, “The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors,” will be released Monday. – Kelly Wassenberg/Albert Lea Tribune

WELLS — Wells resident and Albert Lea Tribune columnist Julie Seedorf will release her eighth book on Monday.

“The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors” is the first book in Seedorf’s third series of books and takes place in the fictitious town of Brilliant, Minnesota. In the book, readers will experience a whole new cast of characters including the book’s protagonist, Jezabelle Jingle, who seeks to unravel a mystery left behind by the town’s founding fathers that no one knew existed. According to Seedorf, there is more than one mystery written in the pages of the book that are intertwined into a tangled web of deceit.

Those who read the book will find Seedorf pays homage to one of her favorite places, which just so happens to be in Albert Lea. The Interchange Wine & Coffee Bistro is one of Seedorf’s favorite places and readers will see it not only mentioned in the book, but will find the Brilliant Bistro was actually modeled after the establishment.

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The book is being published by Cozy Cat Press, which published her Fuchsia Minnesota Mystery series. The publisher only produces cozy mysteries, which are mystery books containing no graphic content or profanity making them appropriate for all ages.

Seedorf has already penned four other cozy mysteries in the Fuchsia series including “Granny Hooks a Crook,” “Granny Skewers a Scoundrel,” “Granny Snows a Sneak” and “Granny Forks a Fugitive.”

The book she is currently writing, “Granny Pens a Pilferer,” will continue this series, which should please readers who have expressed fear that she will be ending the series. Seedorf does admit that day will come when she no longer has enthusiasm for the town.

When that day comes it will be difficult for her as well.

“My characters become my family, and it’s very hard starting a new family,” she said comparing putting the series to rest to death.

Julie Seedorf has penned eight different books in the last three years. - Kelly Wassenberg/Albert Lea Tribune

Julie Seedorf has penned eight different books in the last three years. – Kelly Wassenberg/Albert Lea Tribune

Seedorf has also self-published another series of books that she wrote with her four grandchildren. The “Grandma’s in Trouble” series has two books in its series, “Whatchamacallit? Thingamajig?” and “Snicklefritz.” In addition, Seedorf has published “Something About Nothing,” a book of her earlier column’s published in the Tribune.

Seedorf said she doesn’t write like normal people.

“I’ve never felt I belonged because my ideas are different from other people’s ideas, so I’ve always felt like the odd man out — especially in school things,” she said. “I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s when you colored inside the lines and you did everything the way you were supposed to do. I think that is why Fuchsia and Brilliant are not like the communities we live in. I don’t like being inside the lines, and now it’s a lot more acceptable to draw outside the lines.”

With the encouragement of her children, Seedorf is authoring her first serious book. She said she’s on about chapter five of “The Joy Killer,” a story about an older woman who needs some time away to learn about who she is. Seedorf plans on taking her time with the book and will need to decide whether to self-publish that book or seek another publisher to do so on her behalf.

She anticipates “Granny Pins a Pilferer” will be released sometime in the spring. Seedorf’s other books can be found at The Interchange, her website www.julieseedorf.com and online at stores such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon.