Healing the Animal Body

I am not one of those novelists who thinks my writing is a healing practice. I have always been more interested in creating high-end fiction, a work of literature full of rich characters, dynamic setting and profound themes. I thought of healing as something one did in therapy. I wanted to keep my books sacred and professional […]

Goodreads Giveaway — Win a Signed Copy of AIR

Enter to win a free signed copy of my second novel AIR via Goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/159756-air-elemental-journey-series Turbulence opens this second book in the Elemental Journey Series as Pearl Swinton, now in her twenties, uproots from the Midwest and flies to Tokyo, where she has no job, no friends, and no home, a place where she hopes to live floating above the culture. But how will she survive with her mystical visions in a country so foreign from everything she knows? Pearl lands at a Jesuit mission and is magnetized to the ethereal missionary Usui. After she is forced to leave, she finds herself thrown unprepared into the complicated world of Japanese culture, where she must learn to maneuver friendships,understand love, and handle the intensity of being a journalist at one of the city’s largest newspapers. When she stumbles upon Usui living as a homeless man, a journey begins that draws her deep into Japan’s hidden homeless underworld. Having given up any connection to civilization to “find himself,” Usui brings Pearl face to face with her own homelessness and challenges her to begin the painful journey of understanding her visions and finding herself. In the end, hope flies on the paper wings of thousands of origami cranes. Pearl is called to own her mysticism, not just for herself, but for a world where the loss of magic may well be the real threat. A fundamentally radical work of art, Air tackles core issues facing individuals coming of age in today’s world. How can anyone feel safe and at home on a planet threatened by escalating violence and devastating climate change? Where, truly, is home? Read more at http://www.carolineallen.com. AIR is available at most online booksellers!

And the winner is…

A big congratulations to Laura Thomas of Fairhope, Alabama, who won an original watercolor (Cha-Cha Chicken) by moi as part of the Booktrope Book Blog Tour raffle for Air, the second novel in the Elemental Journey Series. The series includes four novels — EARTH, AIR, FIRE, WATER — and follows a female protag as she […]

Tarot in Retrograde: Flavor of the Funk

A couple of days this week, I woke up after 8 hours of sleep feeling like someone took a baseball bat to the back of my head. I really cleaned up my act a few years ago, went vegetarian, then vegan, got rid of almost all chemicals like dyes and preservatives from my diet, stopped eating processed […]

Loving the Artist’s Soul

I have a stormy, rocky psyche, thrashing prophetic dreams, tumultuous crashing waves in the soul, wild moments of beautiful artistic abandon, spontaneous crazinesses. I’d rather be by the ocean or in the woods or around a bonfire at night than anywhere else in the world. My intense moods don’t happen often enough or with enough severity […]

EARTH Wins Independent Publishers’ Award

I’m so excited and honored to receive the Independent Publishers gold medal for Best Midwest Fiction for my literary novel Earth. http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1937#.VUp9znazGNY.facebook