Growing up I remember watching soap operas while sitting on the hard plastic furniture cover draped over my grandmother’s most prized possession, her gold couch. No one was allowed to talk during her shows, especially All My Children. When my Italian grandmother spoke, we listened, so I shut up and watched right along with her.
Before I knew it, I was hooked on each of the three ABC soaps, All My Children, One Life To Live and General Hospital. So hooked I played sick by sticking the family thermometer in the Mr. Coffee coffee pot so I could stay home to watch Luke and Laura get married. Little did I know my mother had just bought that particular thermometer and wanted to take my temperature the old-fashioned way, almost ruining my love for coffee forever.
Those daytime dramas shaped the way I lived my life. By the way, George (you know who you are) I’m really, really sorry for smacking you across the face when you first kissed me. Blame Erika Kane. She did that a lot.
When I wasn’t nose to screen, I was nose to book, mostly anything by Judy Blume. My favorite of hers was Forever. The risqué content, the young love, the drama and tragedy all rolled into one fantastic, can’t-put-down, classic high school love story. I lived for that stuff and wanted it in my own life, too. Turns out when you’re a teenager, you end up getting a lot of that anyway, so I didn’t have to do much to make it happen. Thankfully I grew up and gave up the drama in my personal life (most of it anyway) and instead, used it in my favorite creative outlet, fiction.
I’ve dabbled in a few other writing venues, played around as a reporter, a freelance writer, even a ghostwriter. I still do all of that too, but my first love is my own writing, and the stories I want to tell.
Oh, and here’s that whole professional bio I’m told I need on my website.
Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is the author of the Angela Panther Mystery Series, including Unfinished Business, Unbreakable Bonds, Uncharted Territory, The Christmas Elf and Unbinding Love. Carolyn’s also written The Inn At Laurel Creek, a contemporary romance novella, Santa’s Gift, a Cumming Christmas Novella and 8 to Lose the Weight, A health and wellness how-to.
Carolyn’s work was previously published through Booktrope Editions (now defunct) and Amazon Encore. Upon the closing of her publisher, Carolyn opted to self publish her books. She is also a freelance writer and editor, having worked with various print and online publications and through her own editing company, Literati Editing.
Carolyn is advocate for dogs and cats in need of furever homes, and often fosters through the Humane Society of Forsyth County, GA. Two of her three children are out of the house and have been replaced with two puppies, two cats and a fifteen year old dog named Larka. She and her husband love going for long walks with their fur babies, except the cats. Cats are never fun to walk with, no matter what you read on the Internet.
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