I needed to tell this story in order to flesh out Granny Smith’s world and bring the characters to a certain point. The book concerns not only a mystery but also the wedding of Granny’s son Gerald to his long time partner Wayne – the latter being an event that Granny thinks of as, ‘The Royal Wedding.’ As I say this story had to be told.
I knew it didn’t warrant a full-length novel but that the long short story format, a novella if you like, would better suite the story. And that’s one of the strengths of the Granny Smith character – she lends herself to all kinds of stories, many different formats. She and the world she inhabits is fluid enough to accomadate all kinds of stories, or varied lengths. Granny can be hardboiled, funny and even romantic. One story may be a straightforward crime mystery; another may be a cozy mystery and yet another may be a breakneck thriller. The Grannyiverse lends itself to all of these genres.
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