Thursday, November 08, 2012

Confessions of a Kitchen Table Writer: plus GIVE AWAY

By  PHS Editor and Harlequin SuperRomance author Jeannie Watt 

I’m a kitchen table writer. There is an area in my home that I could make into an office—a nice quiet room, with a door I could shut and a desk I could write at—but I prefer to write at my kitchen table, thus my monthly PHS column, Confessions of a Kitchen Table Writer.

November Confession: I can’t wait for the holidays because I’m a candy fiend!

I once heard that you prefer either sugar or salt, depending on what your mother ate while she was pregnant with you. Well, the mainstay of my mother’s diet must have been chocolate, pralines, and penuche, because I would happily give up a meal to have those. Well, actually, I have been known to order dessert instead of an entrée, so I guess I do exactly that.

I’m not a hard candy person. I like soft candy. Chewy, gooey candy. Melt in your mouth candy. I’ll eat the occasional butterscotch or candy cane, but what I crave are Junior Mints or fudge or caramel. I totally love malt balls, which I think are technically a soft candy because you can’t suck on them (or shouldn’t.) My husband can’t stand malt balls because when he was in the service, a soldier wrote home and said the one candy they couldn’t get was malt balls. AP picked up the story and soon crates of malt balls started arriving. My husband said he ate so many he never wants to see another. He remembers having malt ball fights with other soldiers. What a waste of good candy.

My marriage is what I would describe as perfect in the craving department. My husband is a salt man. I’m a sugar gal. If there are chips or nuts in the house, I don’t bother them, and in return he doesn’t touch my candy stash—when I have one, which leads to another point. When one is a bonafide candyholic, one simply cannot keep candy in the house on a regular basis—thus my impatience for the holidays. Soon I will have pralines, fudge, penuche, because my mother, wonderful woman that she is, makes me candy every Christmas and ships it to me. Once the box arrives, I’m free to eat all the candy I want, because once it’s gone, that’s it until the next year.

How about you? Are you a salt or sugar person? Hard or soft candy? Do you have a favorite seasonal candy or great candy memory?  Let me know and I’ll choose one respondent to receive a copy of my December Superromance Crossing Nevada.

Harlequin Superromance author and candy fiend Jeannie Watt lives in rural Nevada and writes fast-paced, character driven stories set in the western United States.   To find out more about Jeannie and her books, please visit her website. 


  1. I'm a sugar person. So anything chocolate, sweet and festive is ok with me. Chocolate trees, chocolate wreaths, chocolate santa's or chocolate bears... Chocolate everything really :D

    A fun memorie I have is being allowed to eat the chocolates decorating the tree after Christmas. There wouldn't be as many left as where put on though... I did steal a treat or two during the season, I must admit.

  2. Sugar, soft, and I love the marshmallow bunnies that come out at Easter.


    no need to enter me - I have it! Thank you Harlequin Reader Service.

  3. Jo&#39--You're the winner and a girl after my own heart. Please contact me at jeanniewrites @ gmail . com with your mailing address.

    Marci--Thanks so much for posting. I love marshmallow anything!