Win a Signed Copy of AIR!

My novel, AIR, the second book in the Elemental Journey Series, is being released this Thursday, Oct. 22. Enter to win a signed copy here. “…this book brings us face to face with the niggling edges of things, with what we think defines us.” For more information or to purchase the book, go to, […]

Finding your Passion: The Fear of Reprisal

My first novel, Earth, is semi-autobiographical, a fictionalized version of my childhood in Missouri. I was meditating the other day on how to increase book sales and was given this message: You fear reprisals. Your fear is holding the book back. This fear is universal. It keeps many from speaking their truth. It is even deeper than that. People […]

What I Learned from Creating One Painting a Day for One Year

In early 2014, I grew frustrated with the lack of time I had for doing visual art. I’m a novelist and run a book coaching business. I gave up an international journalism career to pursue a literary and artistic life, and felt like a child stomping my foot when it came to not having time to […]

Earth Reading in Portland, OR

Earth: An Unexpected Journey of Self Discovery Reading at New Renaissance Bookshop, Portland Oregon Sun. Apr. 19, 5:30-7pm, $12 In this first of the four-book Elemental Journey Series, Caroline Allen introduces a form of storytelling that is unflinching in its honesty, filled with compassion and underscored with originality. Journey with Caroline as she discuss the […]

The Rivers in Earth (the novel)

Rivers play a key role in Earth, my first novel. Even as a child I thought of the rivers as veins in a hand or arteries connected to our hearts. Here’s an excerpt from the book. I watched the Current whip by in muddy fury. It was deceptively small, ordinary, but so ornery. It was […]

Elemental Journey: The Call

Many of us struggle to find our calling. What are we meant to do with our lives? The Elemental Journey Series is a set of four literary novels, Earth, Air, Fire, Water. Each follows protagonist Pearl Swinton as she goes on a heroine’s journey in search of self in a world rocked by climate change and […]