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June 15, 2016
It's always hard to process news such as that from Orlando in the last few days, but Sunday night I was reading the Dachshund book, and about 82% through chapter 17, found this profound wisdom: "The egomaniacs who kill and destroy think themselves powerful, but any idiot can create destruction. The truly powerful are the men and women who use imagination and hard work to create moments of innocent laughter" My apologies if I didn't get the quote totally accurate - but if she was alive, I would want Blaize to know how much I appreciated those words - and how incredibly brilliant they are.
Wow. I agree with your thoughts exactly… and how fitting those words are in this horrible situation. What a testament to the power and beauty of words! I want to figure out a way to share that quote with other readers. I think if everyone took it to heart, we’d have a lot less pain in the world. Thanks so much for writing. And yes, I think my mom would be quite touched, because I know I am.
All my best,
January 26, 2016
Will there be any more Dixie Hemingway mysteries? I keep looking for news of any new books.
Hi Patricia. Yes! The Cat Sitter & the Canary will be in bookstores this December. We'll send a notice out to the mailing list when it's closer to the publication date.
January 17, 2016
Hi, John. I've read them all and loved them all. I don't know where you live or if you are aware of the tornado that hit Siesta Key. Now, of course I know the characters your mom and you created are fictional. But my first thought was of Dixie and the rest of them. Take care, and for heaven's sake, keep writing.
Hi Elaine, we all made it through just fine. Our street (and Dixie's too) wasn't affected. Thanks for thinking of me!
January 11, 2016
I just found your Mom's series about Dixie a months ago. I started with her third book and what a good one for me to start with as it was just after Christmas when I picked it up and I am a new widow so the story made me feel like someone understood the grief process. I just found out your Mom passed a few years ago. I cried, as I think her books are wonderful and I wanted to tell her how much they are helping me! I have now started with the first book and am working through all of the series. Thank you for keeping Dixie alive and well. You are a good son.
Char, thank you so much for such a beautiful message. I know it would thrill my mom to know that she still has new readers discovering her work. And it means the world to me as well. I hope you enjoy the books to come and please keep in touch!
November 20, 2015
Hi John, I just came across the Cat Sitters Nine Lives the other day at the library. I really enjoyed the mystery. This is the first time I've ever read your mom's or your books. I really like Dixie Hemingway. I am now going to start at the beginning of the series. I just wanted to let you know I enjoy Blaize's and your book..thank you
Doug, thanks so much for writing. It always brightens my day to hear from a new Dixie fan. I hope you enjoy all the other books even more. Happy reading!
September 2, 2015
Hi John - I just read Blaize's 2nd book in the Dixie series and loved it. I gave it a five star review on Amazon and then found your page. I am so sorry about the passing of your mom in 2011 (my mom passed in Dec. 2013 at 85, so I can relate). I'm glad to read that you've continued with the series and look forward to reading all of them! BTW- I've authored three books myself (working on #4)- the latest is "Pets and the Afterlife" and I have also received some criticisms (I'm a medium/paranormal investigator and a scientist), however, in general, people are supportive. I mention that because of one of your latest blog postings about a critical letter. There is always a critic. Just know that you and your mom's works are so appreciated. Below is my review for Amazon that I posted tonight, so you can read it. Thank you for what you do, and honoring your mom by continuing to let her character live in the pages of your books.
Sincerely, Rob Gutro, Maryland
AMAZON REVIEW- Rob Gutro This was my first read of the Dixie Hemingway mystery series and I loved it. Truly one of the better pet-mystery-type stories I've read (and I've read many). Dixie is a 32 year old former Sheriff's deputy, widower and now pet sitter with a vivid personality. The supporting characters of her gay brother and partner as a fireman and undercover cop really added to the story and you could picture Dixie talking with them and dining with them. There were funny parts, serious parts, intrigue, mystery, murders, and of course dogs. The author paints a true picture of how different people care for their animals - some very well, others not well - but the character's passion for animals is clear. As a dog rescuer, I thoroughly enjoyed the way the animals were portrayed (in both situations). The plot was really well-thought out- and kept you guessing. If anyone thinks the murders were too dark, they need to turn on their television in the U.S. - they weren't, but the way the victim(s) was murdered was interesting, and made you guess. You'll enjoy the supporting characters, too- and get inside Dixie's head about men she deals with and struggles to deal with. At one point when she was with an elderly friend I actually laughed out loud reading what the elder character said. So, if you want a great mystery, solid, developed characters, dogs, something to make you laugh, cry, thrilled and wonder who is behind it all- I highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading Blaize Clement's other novels!
Hi Rob, THANK YOU so much for such an excellent review and for calling my attention to it. Nothing makes me happier than when new readers discover Dixie! And good luck with your writing - it sounds fascinating!
I'm an avid Dixie reader from Down Under. I'll be in FL next week for a few days and would love to drive around Dixie's hometown and see some of the places you and your mom have written about. Is the house Dixie shares with Paco and Michael based on an existing building, and if so, where is it? I'd love to do a driveby:)
Hi Judy, you picked a good week! The weather's going to be gorgeous... the Hemingway house is based on an actual house, but the current owners would be VERY unhappy with me if I was specific about where it is .... so unfortunately I have to keep that under wraps. But I can tell you it's on the southern end of the Key, and if you do some driving around the village, you'll probably recognize all sorts of regular Dixie haunts. A few years ago, a book club made a pilgrimage to Siesta Key and hunted down a bunch of spots from all the books. They even made a map and sent it to my Mom! One of these days, I'm going to have to pull that out and share it here. Be sure to stop by the Village Cafe in town and tell them Dixie says hi!
I wanted you to know how much I enjoy the Dixie Hemingway series, and I'm so glad you've continued to write it after your mother's death. I was so sorry to hear of her passing. I first found the series in the Half Price Books store near my house in St. Paul, MN. I was in the clearance section and found one of the books (can't remember which one) and it was in LARGE PRINT and was only $1. However, when I saw it was set in Siesta Key I had to buy it. My mother lived in Sarasota for 35 years and I have many wonderful memories of Siesta Key. How I miss those beaches! And I recognize many of the places that Dixie goes to in the stories, which is fun too. Dixie is such a real life character with real life experiences which make her that much more authentic. I hope you keep writing the series - I've already pre-ordered #10!
Thank you again,
St. Paul, Minnesota
Nancy, thanks for writing and for your kind words. That really means a lot to me, and it keeps me motivated knowing Dixie has such devoted fans. By the way, my college job was in a Half Price Books, and I can't even begin to count the number of great finds that were hiding in its shelves. You just have to possess the fortitude and patience of a jungle explorer! I hope you'll have as much fun reading book #10 as I did writing it. And please say hi to Mary and Rhoda and Lou Grant and Ted Baxter and all the folks at WJM. (That shows the extent of my knowledge of St. Paul, but I'm hoping to visit one day!)
Dear Mr. Clement,
Though it has been a few years since you lost your mom, I want to offer my sincere condolences. I also want to thank you for continuing your mom's excellent books. Having just read "The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives," all I can say is that your dear mom would be very proud of you! Thanks so much.
Nancy, I think she'd be proud too, but the only way I'm able to feel confident about that is when readers like yourself tell me... so thank you so much, and I'm one-hundred percent thrilled that you enjoyed "Nine Lives" - I had so much fun working on it! The character of Mrs. Silverthorn has worked her way into my heart, so expect to see more of her in the future. My mom would probably kill me if she knew I was saying this, but I wrote just a tiny bit of her into that lady... Thanks again for your kind words.
I've enjoyed reading your mom's books. I didn't know she was no longer with us until I read the most recent with your name on it too. I work at a library in Rhode Island. Siesta Key sounds like heaven! Thanks for continuing her series - I love mysteries and cats too!
Georgia, thanks for writing and I'm so glad you enjoy the stories... and hooray for libraries! The world would be a poorer place without them. I hope you'll enjoy the books to come. And by the way, I visited Rhode Island one summer for about a month and found it one-hundred percent charming... but a little too cold in the winter for my blood!
I love your mother's books and own every one. Her books made me curious about Siesta Key; I made my first visit to that lovely key in October 2010. Now, my daughter and I vacation there about once a year. Yes, I know Dixie is a fictional person but I enjoy driving the same roads and seeing the same sites that Dixie would. Maybe we've even eaten on one of her favorite restaurants! The cozy mystery world lost a wonderful author but your mom lives on through you. Thank you for continuing the Dixie Hemingway series.
Mary, I just got home from the Left Coast Crime convention in Portland, Oregon, so maybe I'm still a little punchy from the jet-lag, but when I read "your mom lives on through you" I nearly started crying. Nothing means more to me than knowing my mom's readers are still rooting for the little world she created... I know she would be so proud of me. Thanks so much for writing and I hope you enjoy the books to come just as much... The next time you're in Siesta Key, stop at the Village Cafe, which is loosely (and I mean LOOSELY) the real world counterpart to Dixie's Village Diner. They're going to start carrying a few Dixie Hemingway mysteries there too, so tell them I said hi!
Reading your Mom's books are such a joy to me. I have been running my pet sitting business in Pittsburgh for almost 20 years. I do it alone (as did Dixie) with occasional help from family – and have found such fun laughing at all the situations Dixie finds herself in. I can’t believe your Mom didn’t actually pet sit because her insight as to going out at 5:30 am and being alone with the beauty of that time of day and the encounters she finds while entering clients houses are as if she did this herself. I may not have had the “Murder Mysteries” to solve like Dixie, thank goodness....but have had so many situations that our local police know me and that I am out and about all the time in neighborhoods and houses in our area. Thank you for carrying on your Mom's legacy and doing such a great job of it. And also a very happy belated birthday.
Hi Deb, I can't think of many things that would have made my mom smile more than to know that a professional pet sitter approved of the way she wrote about Dixie's job. She tried very hard to make it ring true. Thanks so much for writing!
First of all, belated sympathies on your Mother's passing. I so enjoy the Dixie Hemingway books. I've been a fan since the first book came out and just finished the latest book...The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives. Dixie, family and friends are such a joy to read about. I love all the animals too...Ella and the pet clients, especially Billy Elliot and Zoe in your latest book. Dixie is a real down to earth character...I would love to be her friend! One can't help but love and laugh with her! I am so glad you are continuing your Mother's legacy with these books and hopefully you will be writing more stories about Dixie and her escapades for years to come. Thanks to you and Blaize for many enjoyable hours of reading about Dixie Hemingway and her pet sitting business (and so much more)...
Jane, I'm speechless... except to say thank you so much for your very kind words. I promise to do my best to make sure you'll have just as many more enjoyable hours of reading in the future...
I am a mother and work full time. I used to read veraciously, but now do not have the time and I have fallen in love with audio books. I have not been able to locate any of the books in this series after the first two. Are they out there? If not I would like to put in a request.
Hi Rebecca… unfortunately there’ve not been any audio books after the first two, but we have just arranged for audio books for all the books in the series. If you haven’t already, please join the mailing list. I’ll be sending announcements out as they are available. Thanks so much for writing and I hope you’ll enjoy all the books to come!
I just finished reading "THE CAT SITTER'S NINE LIVES " and enjoyed it so much. PLEASE continue this series as I look foward to the next new book.
Casandra, thank you so much for writing, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I hope you'll enjoy the books to come just as much!
I am now reading your latest Dixie novel, have read all of Blaize's books. I was wondering if you had written any fiction books before taking over for your mother. If so, I would love the names so I could look them up. Thanks John for your attention to my request. I do love the Dixie series.
Thanks so much for writing... and the answer is no, which is why I was absolutely terrified to take over the series (you can read a little more about that here). But thanks for asking... I'm working on a separate novel now, and you've just given me the little push of encouragement I needed to keep going with it.
I wanted to say how much I enjoy the Dixie Hemingway books, which I tumbled across by accident. I now look for them and read them in one sitting, enjoying every scrape Dixie gets herself into. She is a wonderful, well written character, and seems real, especially when she wrestles with dilemmas caused by her own feelings and thoughts.
My sympathies belated as they are on your mother's passing. She has created a fantastic female character in Dixie and surrounded her with great friends and family. I love Dixie's pets. The menagerie entertains as I am sure Blaize intended them to.
I hope you will write more books, past the eighth...unless that one will wrap it all up. If that is so, then it is okay, although I am sure Dixie can manage to find mystery wherever she goes!
Thank you for continuing your mother's stories.
Mary Ann Baxter
Edmonton Alberta Canada
Dear Mary - I can’t even begin to tell you how inspiring your letter is for me - it makes me realize all over again what a gift I’ve been given, and I am going to do my very best to keep my mother’s stories alive - thanks for reading and thanks for your very kind words.
All my best,
Unfortunately I never had the chance to e-mail your mother to tell her how I loved the Dixie Hemingway books. The relationship Dixie had with her brother was so like mine with my brother who passed away several years ago. I do look forward to reading more about Dixie Hemingway when you continue her adventures.
Dear Shirley - of course I’m not saying anything original when I say the best way to remember loved ones we’ve lost is to cherish the small things that remind us of their best qualities, to remember them at their happiest. It sounds like Dixie and her brother did that for you and your brother. And I remember how much joy it gave my mom to get letters like yours - so you’ve given me a little gift. Thanks so much and I can’t wait for you to read the next book.
All my best,
I cannot possibly add anything that your multitude of fans have not already said. But, I did want to take the opportunity to tell you how I enjoyed your Dixie series. I read them all in one week and now feel bereft waiting for the next one.
I own a Bed and Breakfast in northern Wisconsin in the middle of the Chequamegon Forest and get a chance to read quite a bit. Just wanted you to know that I have become a devoted fan. Thank you for the enjoyment you have given all.
I am an avid reader for more years then I care to mention. For some reason I have never read one of your books until now. I just finished "The Cat Sitter's Pajamas"
It was wonderful. A combination of romance and mystery. I will now read everything you have written and tell all my friends about your terrific books.
I read page 89 of "Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons" 12 times. Women over 60 get few thrills-even hot ones like me. Thanks Ms B!
Dear Ginger - Thank you so much for your letter to my mom - I'm sorry to have to tell you, in case you don't already know, that she passed away in July of last year. She always answered every fan letter and email she received, and I am carrying on that tradition (to the best of my abilities!) Your email made me laugh out loud, and I'm quite sure it would have had the same effect on her - she LOVED getting emails like yours. So I just wanted to say thank you. I am continuing the series in her honor, the next book will be out early next year and I hope you'll like it. Thanks again.
All my best,
I found your newest book “The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas” in our library so I decided to see what else was available. I have read 3 of your older books so far and I am hooked. I love Dixie. She is a hoot. I can't wait to start another one finish it and keep going until I get to the newest one.
I came across one of your books in the library and, being a cat lover and a board member of our local shelter for 30 years (also a mystery fan), I had to read it. Well, when I took it back I got 2 more. I am now reading the 4th book and have 2 more sitting here waiting. I love your style of writing -- I find myself reading late at night instead of sleeping, but being retired, I don't mind since I don't have to get up early! I hope you keep them coming.
LOVE LOVE LOVED reading The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas! I read it from cover to cover yesterday. Now, having discovered your books, I plan to go to the library and get the rest of them! This is sort of backtracking, but your writing style is so good that it hardly matters in what order I read the Dixie Hemmingway series.
Speaking of your writing style, I love the ways in which you infuse your writing with psychology, poetry, philosophy, humor and real-life emotions, all fueling a compelling narrative. I am fascinated with the idea of visiting Siesta Key and just really enjoy the characters and story-lines you create.
I don't usually do this.. But I just finished reading your series of books and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed them. I have read what you said on your website and I agree Dixie feels real to me too. Your books are sad and up lifting at the same time. I also enjoyed reading about Siesta Key so much that I am thinking of taking a family vacation there.
Anyway I was glad that Dixie finally ended up with Guidry. Can't wait for your next book to come out...
Thanks so much, Linda. With the exception of some fictional places, Siesta Key is actually pretty much as I describe it in the books. The beach is wonderful! If you come, tell people your friend Dixie recommended it.
Hey Mrs. Blaize,
I cried and cried when Guidry walked away from Dixie. I so wanted her to call him back and how could he find someone so soon? He helped her become alive again. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. Will Dixie have a happy life? Will Guidry come back? I already miss him. I love all of your books. I am a sucker for happy endings and a sucker for Florida. I am a
native Floridian, born and bred and so were my parents, (we call ourselves "Native Floridians" since most people move here)it is nice to see and feel your books explain Siesta Key. I need a tidbit, just a tidbit for the next book!
Are you planning on putting books 3 through 6 in the Dixie Hemingway series into audio format? I listened to the first two books over a year ago and I have been itching like a mad catter to read the rest. The problem is...no one seems to have audio copies of your books except for the first two in the series. I'm out of sight-- in other words "visually impaired" which I think is the politically correct terminology...grin.
I’m so sorry about that! I’m trying to correct the problem, and I fully expect the others to be available as soon as possible, but negotiating the land of sub-rights is like setting off into outer space without a steering wheel that works. In the meantime, if it helps, there are large print editions.
I am not at all interested in horses or horse racing but I love all of Dick Francis's books. I have no interest in dogs or cats and, as a general rule, do not read books by American authors, but my local Library here in Australia has your first two books and I have read them both and thought they were great! I'm hoping I can persuade the library to purchase your other books.
All the best,
That’s a wonderful compliment, Tone! Thank you. I hope your library listens!
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