Since 1988, when Women Who Write began meeting in each others' kitchens to talk about writing, every member has had her unique reasons for joining Women Who Write, Inc. This page is where members may share their stories of connecting with other women who write.
CAROL VAN DEN HENDE
When I first began crafting my novel, writing seemed a solitary pursuit. One draft in, and I realized that I needed outside input. Friends were great for providing a reader's perspective, and books taught craft, but I was seeking a writer's eye. My first google search turned up Women Who Write as a local NJ resource. The idea of critique groups appealed as a place to get regular, live feedback. I joined, and loved my bi-weekly visits to MaryLee's kitchen table. Those early conversations shaped my characters, my prose and the arc of my story. So, I couldn't be prouder to announce at this year's WWW gathering that the book of my heart had sold to a publisher. And of course, Women Who Write is acknowledged in my debut, Goodbye, Orchid, for the role so many members played in its creation.
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CAROL VAN DEN HENDE is an award-winning author who explores the visible and invisible challenges of imperfect protagonists. When she’s not penning stories of resilience and hope, Carol applies her MBA to marketing and strategy (in chocolate, sweet!). Koehler Books is publishing her novel, Goodbye, Orchid, in October. Goodbye Orchid has been recognized as the 2020 American Fiction Award winner for urban fiction, and 2020 Pinnacle Achievement Award winner for multicultural fiction. Plus, it's been named one of the most anticipated fall reads picked by Buzzfeed, Parade, Frolic, Brit+Co, and Travel+Leisure. Inspired by combat-wounded veterans, the book will donate a portion of profits to charities like The Heather Abbott Foundation. Karin Tanabe called the story "A book full of soul and heart about love, loss and redefining oneself. I adored this modern, important take on the power of love."
She’s also a speaker, Climate Reality Leader, serves on the Board of a special needs school, and proud mom of twins.
One secret to her good fortune? Her humorous husband, kids, and rescue cat, who prove that love really does conquer all.
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