Carol Van Den Hende

Fiction Writer


Author's Bio

CAROL VAN DEN HENDE is an entrepreneurial, inspiring leader who unlocks the optimism and opportunity of the future through her creative pursuits. The award-winning author of Goodbye, Orchid is a public speaker, and MBA with 20+ years’ experience in marketing, strategy and insights. Carol’s keynoted and presented at conferences like Writer’s Digest, NJ-SCBWI, NJRW, Rutgers Writers’ Conference, Sisters-in-Crime and Women Who Write. Plus, she works in chocolate (there’s no ‘sweeter’ job!)

She's touched by the experiences of combat-wounded veterans, and pays homage to their strength and resilience through the award-winning novel GOODBYE, ORCHID. This book has been awarded more than a dozen times, for best first fiction, best multicultural novel, best urban fiction, best cover design, best interior design, audiobook narration, and disability awareness, and has been featured in Parade, POPSUGAR, Glamour, Buzzfeed, Travel+Leisure, WABC Radio, Chicago Tribune, LA Times among others.

Carol has spoken on podcasts such as WABC Radio with Joan Hamburg, Microsoft's Connected and Ready, DIYMFA, Storyblender, Suspense Magazine, Best of Women's Fiction and scores more.

" of the best episodes we’ve ever done!" - Jordan Blum, The Bookends Review Editor-in-Chief

"We were raving about you for 30 minutes after we were finished. Thank you for elevating our podcast." - Jeff Ayers Co-Executive Director, Thrillerfest

Conference attendees have said “Carol is a clear, articulate, organized speaker who is both an expert and excellent presenter,” “you can feel the love and passion for what she does as much as how knowledgeable she is." “Carol inspires me and fires me up every time!”

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Publications & Prizes

Goodbye, Orchid (Koehler Books, 2020)
Prizes won: 

■2020 American Fiction Award WINNER urban fiction
■2020 Pinnacle Achievement Award WINNER multicultural fiction
■2020 outstanding fiction IAN Book Award for Best New Novel 50-80K words
■2020 Royal Dragonfly Award WINNER Cover Design and Special Needs/Disability Awareness
■2020 New York Book Festival General Fiction Honorable Mention
■2020 Best Book Award Finalist: Best New Fiction and Fiction: General
■2021 Chanticleer International Book Chatelaine Award 1st Place Winner
■Audiobook Reviewer 2020 New Author of the Year
■2021 Book Excellence award for Interior Design
■2021 Authorshout award Recommended Read
■2021 Kops-Fetherling International Award Multicultural Fiction Gold
■2021 American Advertising Award Hampton Roads Book Cover Gold Medal Addy
■2021 National Indie Excellence Book Award (NIEA) Multicultural Fiction Winner


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Charles Yu, Andrew Sean Greer, Ann Patchett, Lily King, Jean Hanff Korelitz, V.E. Schwab, Marjan Kamali, John Green, Karin Tanabe, Caroline Leavitt, Margarita Montimore, Jojo Moyes, John Irving, Tom Robbins, Tim Ferriss, Ryan Holliday, Mary Louise Parker, Tim Kreider, Lauren Groff, Marissa Meyer, Richard Price
What I'm reading now: 
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
Asian American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Disability, Illness/Wellness, Men, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Schools, Teachers, Veterans, Women
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
New Jersey
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Last update: Feb 04, 2022