Laura Chapman is the author of The Marrying Type, Hard Hats and Doormats and the Autumn and Tuck series, which appear in Merry & Bright and A Kind of Mad Courage. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Until she fulfills her dream of landing a British husband or becoming a Disney princess, you can find her in a bar penning her next novel.
Would You Rather with Laura Chapman
Chips, chocolate or cheese?
Oh, man. Can I have all three? Hear me out. I need chocolate to counteract all of the chips I might sit down to eat (and vice-versa). And cheese is practically its own food group where I’m concerned. Still, if you told me I had to pick one of those foods forever I’d say chocolate. No chips. No cheese. No...
Bridget Jones, Becky Bloomwood or Carrie Bradshaw?
While I wish I was a Carrie or Becky (who I seriously want to hang out with some time so she can help me with my wardrobe) I’m probably a Bridget at heart. I’m also fretting about my weight, making ridiculous mistakes, and pretending to the world I’m okay with ending a spinster. Thank God my mother has herself way more together than Bridget’s mom.
Wine, beer or vodka?
See answer to question one. :) Actually, I’m pretty seasonal with my beverages. I like beer in the fall, because it pairs so nicely with football. I like vodka in the winter, because it keeps me warm, and in the summer with fruity mix-ins. I drink wine year-round, but after a recent night of too much consumption (total amateur hour) I’m thinking wine and I should see other people.
Camping or spa vacation?
I want to be the cool girl who says camping, but… I’m usually over the whole thing within a day. So put me down for a spa vacation, but if I can choose the location, let’s go someplace with gorgeous camping-like views. I’m thinking Vancouver or Rio.
Water or mountains?
I love the water, but I am in love with the mountains. Most of the locations on my list of places I’d like to live are mountain heavy: Denver, Portland, and Seattle.
Zombies or vampires?
Vampires, because as I learned from True Blood and Twilight, if a vampire is really, really into you, he can control his urges and won’t turn or kill you. I saw Warm Bodies, which gave pretty convincing evidence a zombie can be tamed, too, but after watching three episodes of The Walking Dead, my confidence in a happily ever after with zombies is gone.
Dogs or cats?
I really love both, but since I’m writing this with two cats curled up next to me, I’ll say cats. Hanging out with my cats, Jane and Bingley, is the highlight of my day. They’ve also been my best supporters (and distractors) while working on my books.
Coke or Pepsi?
I work for the University of Nebraska, so I may be contractually obligated to say Pepsi. But if you’re running to the store, I’d like a Diet Dr. Pepper, which is a Coke product.
Coffee or tea?
Definitely coffee. While I like to drink tea (both hot and iced) I have a deep, spiritual connection with coffee.
Dine out or take away?
Take away. There are few things I love more than picking up some Chinese food, pizza, or a burrito and taking it home to enjoy with my Roku.
High heels, sneakers or flip flops?
Flip flops. They’re as close as I can get to being barefoot in social settings.
Physical Book or ebook?
I’ve been on a big ebook buying kick, but I will still probably never love curling up with my Nook or Kindle quite as much as I like pulling out a well-loved paperback and reading. If I really love a book that I’ve read on my Nook or Kindle, I’ll buy a print copy. Plus, I still dream of one day having a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ library, and I’ll need books to stock those shelves.
Paperback or Hardcover?
Paperback. While hardcover might look a little classy, they’re not as easy to tuck into my purse.
Pen or pencil?
Pen. I love the way writing with a pen on paper feels. It’s smooth.
Mad Men, Downton Abbey or Breaking Bad?
Until a year or two ago I would have said ‘Downton Abbey,’ but while that show has lost some of its excitement for me (pity), I’m pretty excited to watch this last season of ‘Mad Men.’
Drama or comedy?
Comedy. Even my favorite dramas have some humor. Most of my favorite shows and books are pretty funny.
Twilight or Hunger Games?
‘Hunger Games.’ While I really enjoyed the Twilight franchise, reading the Hunger Games trilogy as a life-changing experience. At least it felt that way.
Lipstick, lipgloss or chapstick?
I used to be all about the lip gloss, but lately I wear more lipstick. I favor dark reds.
Facebook or Twitter?
I spend more time on Facebook, and it’s my number one news source, but I have more fun writing tweets than Facebook posts. I like to joke that Twitter is my random thoughts journal while Facebook is a little more controlled.
Plot your entire novel or fly by the seat of your pants?
I’m a plotter. I create fairly detailed character sketches and a scene by scene outline for my books. That said, I like to keep myself open to changes as I write, and I don’t fully plan out each scene. Some of my bullet points are really loose and open for interpretation while I write, for example, “Elliot works on a proposal to attract new business, and it stirs up some old emotions.”
The Marrying Type
Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it).
With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress.
Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.
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