USA Today Bestselling Author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson writes cozy mysteries, thrillers, and paranormal women's fiction featuring strong female leads. Her stories shine through her dialogue, which readers have praised for being realistic and compelling.
Her first novel, Unfinished Business, was a five-star Reader's Favorite, a Rone Award finalist, and a number one bestseller on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. In 2021, she introduced readers to detective Rachel Ryder in Damaging Secrets. Overkill, the third book in the Rachel Ryder series, was one of Thrillerfix’s best thrillers of 2021.Reviews have praised her work as ‘compelling, and intense,’ and ‘read through the night, edge of your seat thrillers’.
Prior to publishing, she worked as a journalist in the suburbs of Atlanta where her work appeared in multiple newspapers and magazines. She wrote a monthly featured column in Northside Woman magazine.
Writing is only one of Carolyn's passions. She is an avid dog lover and currently spoils two pit bull boxer mixes. She lives in the mountains of North Georgia as an empty nester with her husband, a cantankerous cat, and those two spoiled dogs.
"Carolyn writes strong women with incredible relationships...everything a woman wants for herself!" — Caroline Fardig, USA TODAY BestsellingAuthor
"It definitely touched a chord with anyone who has ever lost a loved one. The writing was strong and the dialogue -- which many people simply cannot write -- was terrific." —Christie Giraud, Editor, Editingpro.com
"What a fantastic read! I couldn't put it down! I had to keep reading just to see what twist life was going throw out at Angela next!" —Chicklit Plus
"Carolyn Ridder Aspenson's dialogue reads like a transcript of a conversation between me and my bestie. It's this skillful and realistic dialogue that propels her narrative and captures her readers' interests...and that it absolutely does!" —Clarice Joos, Editor
“Carolyn writes as though she is talking to a best girlfriend—sharing a message or telling a story in a style both witty and wise. Her personal voice shines through her work. She has the ability to reduce complex subject matter into a few memorable one-liners---helping readers learn a thing or two while having a laugh at the same time.” —Katie VanBrackle, Editor, Northside Woman
“Aspenson handles the news of my city with respect for the government and the citizens. As a city council member, I know I can count on Carolyn to report the truth and not sensationalize it." —Matt Kunz, Milton Ga. City Council Member, Author
"Aspenson has a way of wording her pieces that make them easy and enjoyable to read. She makes her subjects come alive in what she writes about them, while keeping what she's written interesting and informative. I always expect and receive the best when I give her an editorial assignment. She's an editor's "dream" writer!" —Judy Le Jeune, Publisher Countyline Magazine
“Carolyn is the real deal, a professional through and through.”—Ron Wallace, Former President, UPS International, and author of Leadership Lessons from a UPS Drive
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