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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments Interview with Author Denise Swanson

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It’s that time of year when the chill in the frosty air brings us indoors to hunker down with thick comforters and mugs of steaming hot chocolate overflowing with fluffy marshmallows.  When holiday music and movies become the soundtrack to our everyday home lives. When we gather ‘round the fire for company, drink, food, and love.  When we are celebrating and remembering those we treasure and hold near and dear.  When the real meaning of the season is family – by our DNA or by our heart.  When we reflect and give thanks for all we have. In a nutshell, unconditional love.

I’d like to welcome Denise Swanson to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite Holiday tradition?

Midnight Mass

Favorite childhood toy?


Favorite childhood game?


Snow ball fight or making snow families?

Neither–snow tunnels.

Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?


Favorite holiday song?

The Little Drummer Boy 

Favorite holiday movie?

White Christmas 

Favorite holiday story to read?

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Snow on holiday eve, day or just a chill in the air?

No snow ever!

Most memorable holiday memory?

My first Christmas after I was married.

Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?

No and no.

Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

Sadly, artificial because I’m allergic. Definitely green.

What do you holiday eve?

Christmas party with my dad’s side of the family.

What are your holiday plans this year?

Being with family and friends.

What’s the one holiday dish your family can’t go without?



Please share a Holiday recipe.

Buy a bag of frozen cooked shrimp. Thaw. Arrange on a fancy platter with a bowl of cocktail sauce.

Holiday party tip?

Dress lightly — you know once all the people arrive it will get hot.

Favorite holiday decoration?

My white feather tree with ornaments that represent all my books.

Please share some magical holiday memories?

My husband, parents, and I, along with a couple of good friends sailed on the Delta Queen paddleboat up the Mississippi from New Orleans the week of Christmas.

Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?

All — depends on the size of the gift.

Gifts or gift cards?

Both — depends on the recipient.

Cyber shop or head out into the trenches?

Mostly cyber, but some local.

Do you eat fruitcake?


Do you head to the movies on the 25th?


What’s in your stocking? (‘wink’)

Probably a piece of coal.

What do you want in your stocking? (‘saucy wink aka swink’)

An e-reader 

Do you head out on the 26th into the madness to exchange or shop for anything?

 We go to one store — Target — then breakfast.

Thank you so much.


Happy Holidays from my house to yours!

Warm wishes from the Grinches, elves, ice queens, ice kings, snow men and women at Blogcritics, too.


Click here for my review of Murder of a Creped Suzette.

Click here for Denise’s Thanksgiving memories.

Visit Denise’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 !