Thursday, November 21, 2013

Would You Rather...with Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

Please welcome Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, author of Unfinished Business An Angela Panther Novel and the soon-to-be published Unbreakable Bonds An Angela Panther Novel.

About Carolyn:

Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is the best selling author of Unfinished Business An Angela Panther Novel and the soon to be published Unbreakable Bonds An Angela Panther Novel, both of the chick-lit and paranormal genres. 

Carolyn wrote her first novel, Unfinished Business, - ranked in the top 300 Kindle sales on Amazon and the top 10 of Amazon paranormal stories - shortly after her mother died. She felt the need to let the world know a little about the woman who drove her absolutely crazy but loved her with intensity unknown to normal people. While some of the book is loosely based on events surrounding her mother's death, the author swears she'll never tell if she really did bury her mother illegally. 

An avid fitness buff, Carolyn writes a monthly health and fitness column for Northside Woman Magazine. She also writes several freelance articles monthly for various Atlanta area media outlets including the Forsyth Herald, the Milton Herald, The Revue and News, The Johns Creek Herald, Countyline Magazine and many Internet publications. She's written notebooks full of great story ideas from the entertaining people she's met as a journalist. If you know one of them, don't mention her books to them, just in case. 

Carolyn has written hundreds of guest blog posts ranging from humorous to serious about varying aspects of parenthood and marriage.  She considers herself an expert at not being an expert parent and works to spread her lack of expertise far and wide. 

Dogs and recently cats too, are Carolyn's preferred companions. She loves their loyalty, unconditional love and inability to talk in a language of which she understands. 

A native of Indiana, Carolyn called the northwest Chicago suburbs home for over eighteen years but because she hates the way snow sounds when she walks on it, has spent the last sixteen living in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband, son, two dogs and a cat. Her two daughters live close by.  

One day she plans to retire to a peaceful home with a fantastic view of something other than her neighbor's house with a plethora of rescue animals by her side. Oh, and her husband too.

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Would you Rather... with Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

Chips, chocolate or cheese? 

Chocolate. Hands down. And not the expensive kind because I'm a total white trash kind of girl. Give me a big ol' Hershey Bar and I'm in freaking Heaven. 

Bridget Jones, Becky Bloomwood or Carrie Bradshaw? 

Eep. I don't know who Becky Bloomwood is. That's pathetic, I think. I'd say Bridget Jones because she's much more real (except for that whole jail incident) than Carrie Bradshaw. I can't wear heels like that woman can.

Wine, beer or vodka?

"Back in the day" it was all of the above. These days, wine stuffs me up within the first few minutes (except for Reisling which is really sweet tasting and hard to have too much of so I guess that's a good thing), beer does the same and I end up with a horrible headache. Vodka doesn't stuff me up but I'm a cheap date and can't handle my liquor so I'm fearful it'll end up outside of my body in an inappropriate place. Like my sweater. Or worse, someone else's sweater. 

Camping or spa vacation?

Spa vacation, as long as no one touches me. I can't stand being touched by strangers. Unless it's Ryan Reynolds. Then I'll certainly make an exception. 

Water or Mountains?

I'm going for the combo. A nice mountain view of water. I used to love the beach but I recently saw this really nasty fish parasite that attaches to a fish tongue and then eats the food the fish is trying to eat and the fish dies. AND THAT SWIMS IN THE WATER! It was the nastiest thing I've ever seen. Google it, you'll see what I mean. And then there is the ever popular whale lice which is also the grossest thing ever. So now I like the mountains. Except for mountain lions and bears. Can't I just have the spa vacation instead? I'm good with that. Except for the touching part.

Zombies or Vampires?

Zombies are kind of stupid and drool. Vampires can be sexy. I'll take the vampires. 

Dogs or Cats?

Before I would have said dogs. Then I married a guy with a cat who thought I was the greatest thing since sliced bread so now I'm all about both. The only thing about cats that makes me a little creeped out is if I die and no one can feed them, they'll eat me. I'm not sure I like the thought of that.

Coke or Pepsi?

Diet Crack, er..uh, I mean Coke.

Coffee or tea?

Actually, it's more like a Tall, Non-Fat with Whip, Pumpkin Spice Latte and a Tall, Non-fat with Whip Half the pumps, Mocha. :)

Dine out or take away?

I work from home and my husband travels, usually 3-5 days a week. By the time he gets home I'm itching to go out and do something so it's definitely stay and eat while someone else serves me! 

High heels, sneakers or flip flops

I can't wear flip flops. I don't understand how people can have that rubber thingie between their toes. It always bothers me. I wear my sneakers a lot because I'm usually in my workout clothes but if I'm going out, I'm in some form of heel. I'm 5' 1 & 3/8" (and shrinking) I can use all the height I can get. But I don't wear pumps or stilettos. Usually it's a heeled boot or shoe. I'm all about the comfort and height.

Physical book or ebook?

I love the feel, the smell and the texture of a book. Especially a good book. But I love the convenience of the ebook and the fact that I can travel with 20 of them and it's not a pain in the butt. 

Paperback or Hardcover?

If it's one of my favorite authors (the late Robert B. Parker, Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, J.A. Jance) then definitely a hardcover.

Pen or Pencil?

I'm that anal retentive person that has to have every letter close to perfect. Pens are my worst enemy. I'm all about the pencil because of the eraser. No eraser then the pencil is trashed. I have issues.

Mad Men, Downton Abbey or Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey, which frankly, surprised the bejesus out of me. I never thought I'd like it and I LOVE it. I've not watched the other two. Drugs bother me, so that kind of knocks out Breaking Bad. At least I think that's the show about drugs. 

Drama or Comedy?

Apparently I have no sense of humor because I didn't like There's Something About Mary, KingPin or Bachelor Party. So I guess it's drama. 

Twilight or Hunger Games? 

How bad is it that I've never read or seen either of these? My kids and my husband have but I just wasn't interested. I'm very particular and I like movies that don't involve things happening to kids. 

Lipstick, lipgloss or chapstick? 

Chapstick. Especially the cherry kind. 

Facebook or Twitter

I don't really like either because they're time suckers but I prefer Facebook. I've actually interacted with a lot of fabulous authors on FB and have learned a great deal from them. 

Plot your entire novel or fly by the seat of your pants? 

I'm EXTREMELY anal retentive and a perfectionist. My house is always ridiculously clean. I'm horribly organized and have control issues. And frankly, I'm okay with that. So it's humorously surprising that I can't plot my books to save my life. I just fly by the seat of my pants and edit and rewrite. Probably wouldn't help to outline because I'd just do something different anyway.

Unfinished Business An Angela Panther Novel:

Sometimes the dead need our help and sometimes, we need theirs... ANGELA PANTHER HAS A PERFECT LIFE: A lovely home, an attentive, successful husband, two reasonably behaved children, a devoted dog and a lot of coffee and cupcakes. But while her life might border on mundane, she's got it under control. Until her mother, Fran dies-and returns as a ghost. It seems Fran's got some unfinished business and she's determined to get it done. Now Fran's got some nifty celestial superpowers and isn't opposed to using them to levy a little ghostly retribution on her granddaughter's frienemies and even her own daughter, which doesn't make Angela happy. While Angela's shocked and grateful to have her mother back, she's not thrilled about the portal to the afterlife Fran opened upon her return. Now every ghost in town is knockin' on Angela's psychic door, looking for help-and it's a royal pain in the butt. Now Angela's got to find a way to balance her family life with her new gift and keep her mother in line. And it's a lot for one woman to handle.

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