Caroline's first two novels, Earth and Air, were published by Seattle's Booktrope Editions in 2015, and both went on to win Independent Publishers' Awards. In 2018, Caroline's third novel, FIRE, won an Independent Publisher's Gold Medal for Visionary Fiction.
In 1986, AofS Founder Caroline Allen graduated from the prestigious University of Missouri School of Journalism and left her home in rural Missouri to work abroad. For more than a decade, she lived and worked in foreign countries as an international journalist, serving as an editor and reporter with newspapers and magazines in Tokyo, as a travel writer for a year across Asia and as a reporter and editor for many years in London (at newspapers like The Independent and Financial Times). She was an editor in Tokyo when Emperor Hirohito died, an editor in London when Princess Diana died. The articles she has written and published focus on social issues, the life of a becak driver in Indonesia, a country mourning the loss of its princess, kids writing poetry in juvenile detention in Seattle.
At the age of 29, she quit journalism to write fiction and to be an artist. For the past 15 years, she's written and published short stories and completed two novels, Earth, and Air, which are part of the five-book Elemental Journey Series: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Ether.
She has also coached and taught several hundred people around the world in writing fiction and memoir. She's assisted hundreds of people from Shanghai to Spokane in unlocking their creativity and telling their stories. As a speaker, she has presented to groups across the U.S., and in Canada. She is also a visual artist: www.carolineallen.com