If you are one of my readers you would know that the name Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt is otherwise known as Granny, and is a fictional character in my Fuchsia, Minnesota series books.
If you are one of my readers you will also know that she is over-the-top, silly, cunning, sneaky and forgetful.
I have two books in the Fuchsia, Minnesota Series published by Cozy Cat Press. They are Granny Hooks A Crook and Granny Skewers A Scoundrel. The third should be published within the next month and the name is Granny Snows A Sneak.
In Granny Hooks A Crook you are introduced to Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt. You will find a forgetful, cranky, slow moving older woman whose children think that perhaps it is time she moves to the wrinkle farm or in with them. What they don’t know is that Granny has many secrets and wants them to think she is actually in her declining years. Granny is worried that they will put her in the wrinkle farm or else the police will put her in the hoosegow. You will see a woman that does things that most older senior citizens can’t do. Fuchsia, Minnesota is also a strange town, and defies everything we know about living with the rules and expectations we have to live with in our real world today.
In the first book you will see the fun and the silliness, but you don’t see much of why Granny is the way she is today. She was modeled a little after my mother, who was on her roof fixing it at 90 years old. Granny is modeled a little like the hidden parts of all of us that we don’t let the world see because of life’s circumstances, or because we have bought into the aging process that society tells us we need to believe.
In Granny Skewers a Scoundrel, you see a little more of Granny’s life. Granny does hurt when her friends die. Granny does get mad when something bad happens. Granny does have secrets. Granny can’t sit back when she see something needs to be solved. Granny cares about her friends in Fuchsia and her family. Granny cares for her animals. Yet, Granny is still crabby and crusty and is suspicious of letting anyone see what is under that crusty exterior. What has happened in Granny’s life to make her the way she is?
In the third book, Granny Snows a Sneak, coming out soon, you will see Granny’s character develop. Life happens that changes all of us and Granny is no exception. She struggles with what she was told growing up, and feels the pull to revert back to her former life when she hid her true self.
Granny doesn’t stepping on the cracks in the sidewalk when she walks because of the old saying, Step on a crack you break your mother’s back. Some habits are hard to break. In writing this series I hope to develop the characters so that my readers care about them. I want my readers to read between the lines and know the hidden parts that are not revealed about the characters. Readers learn more about Granny and her family in each book, and see more of her emotions than the silliness that seems to be dominant.
Read between the lines as the mysteries develop. Granny’s life is no different than ours. If people look deeper beyond the words and the persona we portray to the public, they would see the depth of who we are. Our friends and family would see what we do not say. Our friends and family would see beyond the words we speak that occasionally have no meaning, and cover the hurt and the insecurities that are there in all of our lives that we keep hidden.
I hope you enjoy the silliness, the craziness, and the foolishness of Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt. I hope you enjoy the satire of living in a community like Fuchsia compared to the rules and regulations that we live with today. I hope you enjoy the mystery of the hooking the crook, the skewering of the scoundrel and the snowing of the sneak. I want to bring you silliness, fun, a little heart, and even more, a mystery that keeps you reading long into the night.