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Thanksgiving Memories with Author Denise Swanson

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Denise Swanson, The New York Times best-selling author of an award-winning mystery series, began writing after coming face-to-face with evil. She quickly decided she would rather write about villains than encounter them in her daily life. Her books are set in Scumble River, a fictional small town in Illinois, and feature Skye Denison, a full-figured school psychologist-sleuth. Murder of a Creped Suzette is the 14th book in her Scumble River Mystery series.
Denise has been gracious enough to share some of her Thanksgiving memories. Enjoy!

What are you most grateful for?
My family and friends. 

Favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

Getting together with all my cousins and catching up on our lives. 

Where will you spend Thanksgiving this year?

With my husband’s family in our hometown.
Most memorable Thanksgiving memory?

The first year after my father passed away, my mom and I went out to the cemetery and brought him little ceramic pumpkin pie slice. 

What do you do the eve before Thanksgiving?

 Nothing special 

What’s your number one splurge food?

My Grandma Swanson’s chocolate cream pie. 

What do you prefer sweet or salty?


What are your plans for the holidays this year?
To celebrate with our families.

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

What are the five tools you must have in the kitchen?

Food processor, griddle, cast iron fry pan, and a good sharp knife.

If you could have a dream Thanksgiving dinner party, who would you invite?

All my loved ones who have passed away.

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

 Grandma Swanson’s sausage dressing.

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


Pumpkin, Pecan or Apple?

Are you up early the next morning to kick off your holiday shopping? No.

Thank you so much, Denise.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Click here to read my review for Murder of a Creped Suzette.

Visit Denise’s website for more info about her work.

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