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Interview: Thanksgiving Memories with Kate Collins

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An Indiana native, Kate Collins graduated from Purdue University with a master’s degree in education.  She taught elementary school for six years, but after the birth of her first child, gave up her teaching career to pursue a long-time dream of putting her stories to paper. After writing short humorous stories for children’s magazines and working part-time as a legal secretary, she sold her first historical romance novel in 1995. Since then she has published seven historical romantic suspense novels and 12 mysteries.

When not growing roots at her computer, Kate loves to grow flowers and vegetables in her garden. Other passions include  yoga, exploring the Greek Isles, decorating, power walking, spending time with family and friends, sampling great wines and dark chocolate, and enjoying every moment of life.

Kate was gracious enough to share some Thanksgiving traditions with me.  Enjoy!

What are you most grateful for?

The blessings of having a loving, supportive family, and a writing ability that lets me provide many people with entertainment and hopefully a smile or two. 

Favorite Thanksgiving tradition? 

Preparing dinner with my kids and sister to feed our large clan. 

Where will you spend Thanksgiving this year? 

I always host, so it’ll be at my house. 

Most memorable Thanksgiving memory? 

There are so many wonderful memories associated with that holiday that I truly can’t pick.

What do you do the eve before Thanksgiving? 

Make the dessert, get the dining room table ready, and try to relax.

What’s your number one splurge food?

 Stuffing. I LOVE stuffing.

What do you prefer sweet or salty?


What are your plans for the holidays this year?


Celebrate with my family.

Which food and drink combo says it’s the holiday season to you? 

Egg nog and pumpkin pie.

What are the five tools you must have in the kitchen for Thanksgiving dinner?

A big roasting pan, hot pads, carving knife, potato masher, and wine bottle opener, not necessarily in that order. LOL

Please share a favorite Thanksgiving recipe.

This was my mother’s recipe. We always remember her when we have it.


1 pkg yellow cake mix, pudding in the mix

walnut or canola                    
eggs (see cake mix)
walnut or canola oil
2 cup water
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 350E  Prepare mix according to pkg directions, but reducing water to 2 cup. Spread batter in greased 9×13 pan. Spoon pie filling on top of batter. Using a spatula, fold filling into batter just enough to give it a marbled look. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until cake tests done by springing back when lightly touched in center. Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

If you could have a dream Thanksgiving dinner party, who would you invite?
Author Jean Shepherd (he was my inspiration for writing humor), Barbara Kingsolver (another amazing writer!) my husband, Cate Blanchette, Meryl Streep, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy from Dancing with the Stars. What an interesting mix that would be.

What’s the one Thanksgiving dish your family can’t live without? 


What do you do after the meal is finished? Play football? Watch football? Movies?

 We sit around the table and share funny stories. Sometimes we play a game like Trivial Pursuit. 

Pumpkin, Pecan or Apple?


Are you up early the next morning to kick off your holiday shopping?

I’m up early to write! I don’t like fighting the crowds.

Thank you so much for this warm Thanksgiving memory.

Happy Thanksgiving from my house to yours! Thanksgiving wishes from the team of Blogcritics.

Thanks, Diane. A very happy Thanksgiving to you, too.

Click here for my review of To Catch a Leaf

Kate’s website

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About Diane Morasco

Diane Morasco is a triple fusion ethnically – vanilla, caramel and chocolate – and creatively – designer, media proprietor and writer. Ms. Morasco was born in the juicy apple and with a panoramic view of the Hudson River still calls the city home. She is the Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer, and Publisher of J Fox Ink™ (JFI), Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer of Diane Morasco Enterprises™ (DME), which is the parent company of Morasco Media™ (MM), and The Book Resort™ (TBR). Ms. Morasco first cut her teeth interviewing the immensely talented cast members of Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Sons of Anarchy, as well as Kurt Sutter himself. She counts Ron Howard, Eddie McClintock and the Sons of Anarchy cast and team members for inspiring her to spread her wings into the film and television arena. She is the former Editor-in-Chief for Alwayz Therro Magazine, former reviewer for RT Book Review and still guest scribbles as her schedule permits for Blogcritics, Examiner, The New York Review of Books, and a sundry of periodicals. Ms. Morasco has a genuine fervor for animals, butter cream cupcakes, Supernatural, The Good Wife, Chicago Fire, Elementary, Castle, Major Crimes, Grimm, the beach, cinnamon gum, music, movies, shooting pool, hiking, Italy, HSN, QVC, and curling up near the ocean with a gripping novel !
  • Dru

    I love these “memories”