Reviewer Spotlight: Carol Anderson


Anatomy of an Uncustomary Writer

Reviewer Spotlight - Carol Anderson

What’s the oddest thing you own?

My two favorites are Floyd, a two-foot-tall plastic penguin nattily dressed in a black bow tie; and Spot, a small brown papier-mâché pig. I’ve had them since my college days and they hold places of honor in my den. In college, Floyd had a date with a plastic pink flamingo, but that didn’t work out.

Any writing rituals?

Writing must be handwritten (pen, pencil, letter-sized pad of paper); I’m old school (and just plain old).

What substance (prescribed, illegal or from the freezer section) most inspires your writing?

Lets see—I don’t smoke, drink or do drugs; I don’t eat red meat, and I do minimal gluten, sugar, and caffeine. Well, I guess this explains why some of my reviews are rather snarky.

What’s the biggest advantage of your greatest disadvantage?

Disabled of both mind and body, I champion the little people (including everyone outside of the 1% power elite). Since the rest of us have souls, this should be easy.

Which language do you wish you could speak to ask what question to whom?

Music—I can’t read music, play an instrument, or sing on-key and I can’t imagine doing all three at the same time successfully. The questions to the Universe would be answered through this creative art form.

Describe your relationship with inspiration.

Writing my dissertation was definitely empowered by a higher presence; writing these reviews is inspired by a sense of irreverence; living life on Earth within this Cosmos is steeped in inspiration.

The formula for the perfect day is:

Peace and quiet; no people; sun, sand, and water; lying on my floatie (blow-up air mattress) on East Bay of Lake Michigan or Elk Lake in northern Michigan; meditating to this incredibly beautiful natural scene. Then a dinner out with friends. And finally, snuggling with my cat, Mitch.

Anatomy of the Book

Do you prefer…

…chapter titles or chapter numbers? Both.
…short stories, a series, or a collection of poems? Series and poems, especially poems by Rumi.
…footnotes, maps or indices? Footnotes are a must for most non-fiction works and indices are very helpful for the same books.
…hardcover, softcover or digital cover? No digital—not ever!

Anatomy of the Reading List

What does your reading list look like? Is it a pile of books, a list of titles or a mental medley of thoughts?

I’m always reading two to four books at a time: one novel (almost always a mystery) and the rest being nonfiction (primarily books on transpersonal psychology and spirituality/religion).

Which book do you feel obligated to read next?

Never an obligation, reading is pure joy!

Which do you actually wish you were reading right now?

I’m always reading my choices but I do wish I were reading instead of filling out this profile.

Uncustomary Book Reviews Written by Carol Anderson: Here’s the list.

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  1. Cappi says:

    Very interesting!

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