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Susan Mallery | I Like…

December 17, 2007

I like fruitcake. Yes, there it is. I’ve said it in public. I like it. It’s cake with fruit and nuts, which means it’s practically a health food. If my slice is big enough, it should count for at least two of the nine fruit and vegetable servings I’m supposed to have in a day. There’s enough sugar to keep me wired for at least two hours. Where’s the bad?

I also like wrapping presents. I have a ritual…I wait until everything is bought, then stack them by the table, get out all my wrapping supplies, put in the original Star Wars movie and wrap. I actually try to match the right wrapping paper to the gift or the person, I use all kinds of ribbons and little toys on the packages. Some years I’m done in two movies, but most it takes me all three. I wipe up the last of the glitter just as the wookies are doing the happy dance at the end of the third movie.

I like the fact that I’ve joked so much about not being a good cook that my sister in law won’t trust me with anything more than putting out rolls for our big family dinner. I wash the “good” dishes at the end of the meal, which turns out to be great fun. Everyone wants to keep me company (possibly out of guilt that I’m doing the clean-up, I’m not sure.) The kitchen is noisy and bright and there’s plenty of left-over wine to speed the process.

This year, I like that my book Accidentally Yours will be out the day after Christmas.

Books are supposed to be like kids—as writers, we shouldn’t have favorites. But this is one of mine favorites. I love everything about this book. I love Kerri, my heroine, who is determined and tough and vulnerable and willing to do anything in the world to get the job done. I like that Nathan, my hero, is so sure he’s a heartless bastard, when in truth, he’s terrified of loving and losing again.

Accidentally Yours is one of those special books writers talk about. A book of the heart. It just came to me over take-out, while my husband was out of town and I was trying to decide which chick flick to watch. I can’t explain the process by which a book arrives fully formed in my head, I only know I wish it happened more often. There was something so easy about writing this book, as if I knew everything that was supposed to happen. It felt a little like magic.

During this special time of year, I wish you and yours the very best of everything. May the new year bring you happiness, good fortune, health and fruitcake! And if you’re looking to add a little sparkle to your holiday season, give Accidentally Yours a try. I think you’ll love it!

If you get a chance, please visit my website We’re having a “12 Days of Christmas” contest, with a prize being given away every day!!

Happy Holidays,


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