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Author Carolyn Crane shares “random Thanksgiving-y musings”

Submitted by on November 21, 2011 – 7:00 am12 Comments

Hi everybody! And thanks so much to the awesome Paperback Dolls for having me over!! It’s a Thanksgiving hootenanny!

PART ONE: I’m thankful for….

1. My readers – every day I am so grateful for the goodwill and awesomeness of my readers. You make it all worthwhile! Especially right now: I left Book #2, Double Cross, on a tense note and Book #3, Head Rush, has quite famously taken longer than anticipated to find a home and now is coming out in different formats at different times (I swear, didn’t plan it that way!) But my readers have just rolled with it. I feel so lucky!

2. The biggies – I’m really grateful to have the big things covered: my marketing writer job to pay the bills. A family I love. And my health. I think having all three of these things at once makes me a very lucky person.

3. Coffee & Tea – I never want to quit you!

4. My online pals – I have met so many great people online lately. Sometimes I go on Twitter or Goodreads, and I just feel such warmth for people…everyone interacting and passionate and kind. (mostly LOL). Sometimes I don’t even interact, but I just drop in.

5. The book community – How awesome is this community?

6. How blue the sky looks on sunny fall days – such a vibrant color! I don’t know that it makes up for the Minnesota winters, but it’s a start.

7. Warm slippers – Okay, are you sensing a theme here?

8. Cheese – I will do almost anything for a nice cheese plate.

9. My smart phone – I just got my first smart phone this year (a late adapter, I guess!) and I feel so in touch. I love it.

10. Always having a new book to look forward to reading – When I was young, I loved Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Graham Greene, etc. What sucked was that, those authors are all dead. You couldn’t get their new book next Tuesday. But, between UF, PNR and historical romance, authors I am crazy about are always releasing new books. It’s like this endless stream of story riches!

PART TWO: 3 random Carolyn Crane Thanksgiving facts:

#1 – I’m a vegetarian (except I’ll eat fish. I think there’s a name for that). But when we go to have Thanksgiving at my mom’s in Wisconsin, she always makes a big turkey with gravy, of course, and that’s the one time I’ll cheat—I’ll eat the gravy, even though it has some turkey stuff in it. Because I love my mom’s gravy. For Thanksgiving dinner, I eat only mashed potatoes and stuffing loaded with gravy. I think those are the best parts of dinner, so why not eat only those things?

#2 – My husband and I have these gratitude books where we write in five things we’re grateful for at the end of each day. Well, I’m kind of bad at it. I started mine a couple years ago, and I only do it once in a while, but it’s really fun to read what I was grateful for on a random day last winter. Like, the car starting. My husband is much more diligent about writing in his gratitude book. Sometimes at night I jokingly ask him if he wrote anything about me in it. One time we were in a fight and I asked that, and he’s like, No! LOL. It was totally hilarious.

#3 – Like many writers, I’m a very solitary type of person. I remember one autumn (before I was married) I was feeling exhausted and overloaded with social obligations, so I decided just to kind of hibernate for the 4-day Thanksgiving weekend and see NOBODY! Be with my cats, do little projects. Well, the night of Thanksgiving, I was all by myself and had nothing to eat, so I walked to the corner 7-11 and got a can of baked beans and a can of corn, and walking back, I felt so bad, because it was dark out, and you could see all the families eating together inside the lit-up houses. And I really regretted being alone. I think during holidays, there gets to be something in the air. You want to participate in the festivity.

So, that’s why it’s so fun to be here to celebrate this holiday. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Author photos by Deb Tschurwald, a professional photographer in Milwaukee; dtschurwald at wi.rr (dot) com).

Carolyn Crane lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daring cats. She spent years as a waitress and shop clerk before moving to ad agencies and the freelance writing life. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, and when she’s not writing novels or working her straight job, she can be found reading in bed, running, helping animals, or eating Mexican food. Please visit her at her Website, her solo , or at the awesome where she occasionally blogs along side other Urban Fantasy rock stars!

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  • Doll Day says:

    Thank you so much for being a part of our feature! Happy Holidays to you!

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  • Diane says:

    I love audio books and would like to try this series; wen I enjoy any series I tend to buy the audio books after the books and listen on my way to work; I already have quite a few but you can never have too many.

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  • Debi Murray says:

    Oh Carolyn, your readers are grateful for YOU!

    I can’t wait for HEAD RUSH…My Kindle (Spike) is waiting for delivery!

    IF you are going to be in town for a few days…we should meet for coffee and to catch up! My schedule is hectic, but….I always try to see friends whenever I can!

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  • Na says:

    I’m thankful for the book community as well. There’s so much to discover :)

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  • Carolyn Crane says:

    Doll: It is always so fun to come over here! Thanks for having me!

    Diane: I love audiobooks in the car, too. On trips!

    Debi: hey sometimes neighbor! I facebook messaged you!

    Na: Right on!

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  • scrapper says:

    I really liked Mind Games so had to go back to the bookstore for Double Cross. I prefer to buy a physical book, but I don’t want to wait until next year so it’ll be an ebook for the third one (unless I win the ARC copy!)

    Thanks for creating and sharing your world with us.

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  • elaing8 says:

    I enjoyed reading your post.
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  • says:

    I’ve tried to keep a gratitude journal as well and I’m really bad with doing it a lot of the time. I’ve simply started trying to incorporate one thing I’m grateful for into my normal journaling in the morning. And even that, sadly, sometimes is forgotten.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Mary Preston says:

    There is so much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for writers & books & chocolate.

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  • Denise Z says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us today. I have always wanted the big brouhaha of a holiday and very seldom has this been realized. This year my hubs, son, and I cooked, ate ourselves silly, and enjoyed each other and it was a real treat. I am also a very solitary person and still even when tired want to be able to share the joy.

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  • latisha depoortere says:

    What a great post thank you very much for sharing! I really look forward to reading your books. I’m always looking for new Authors and new book to read!

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  • Seri says:

    Thank you!!! It’s no big if I don’t win a copy of Head Rush, since I’m gonna buy it anyway and read it and enjoy! So thank you for being a writer and sharing your creation with us all!!

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