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CAROL VAN DEN HENDE is an award-winning author who pens stories of resilience and hope. Her Goodbye, Orchid series draws from her Chinese American heritage, and have won 40 literary and design awards, including the American Fiction Award, IAN Outstanding Fiction First Novel Award, and Royal Dragonfly Awards for Cultural Diversity and Disability Awareness. 

Buzzfeed, Parade, and Travel+Leisure named Carol’s books a most anticipated read. Woman’s World and Glamour Magazine recommended her “modern, important take on the power of love.” The International Pulpwood Queens selected Goodbye, Orchid, Orchid Blooming and Always Orchid as Books-of-the-Month in 2022, 2023, and 2024.

Carol’s mission is unlocking optimism as a writer, speaker, strategist, Board member and Climate Reality Leader. One secret to her good fortune? Her humorous hubby and twins, who prove that love really does conquer all.

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Short BIO: CAROL VAN DEN HENDE is the award-winning author of the Goodbye, Orchid series. She’s also a speaker, strategist, and Board Trustee. One secret to her good fortune? Her humorous husband and twins, who prove that love really does conquer all.

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CAROL VAN DEN HENDE is the founder and president of Azine Press, one of the first B Corps publishers in the Northeast United States. As a Benefits Corporation, Azine Press has social and environmental goals built into its mission.

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CAROL VAN DEN HENDE is the award-winning author of the Goodbye, Orchid series, a public speaker, and MBA with 20+ years’ experience in marketing, strategy and insights. Plus, she works in chocolate (there’s no ‘sweeter’ job!) Carol is passionate about simplifying marketing concepts into actionable steps for publishing success. She’s keynoted and presented at conferences like Writer’s Digest, IBPA, International Women’s Writing Guild, Rutgers Writers’ Conference, Sisters-in-Crime and Women Who Write. For years, she wrote DIYMFA’s Author Marketing Toolkit column.

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. I walked away confirming I was on the right path and excited to apply all she shared and inspired.” “I can never get enough of Carol,” “Carol inspires me and fires me up every time!”

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CAROL VAN DEN HENDE 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 more.

“Honestly…one 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

“Your presentation was fabulous; not only because the information was SO valuable but also because it was a joy to watch a skilled presenter work. You engage your listeners so gracefully. I was very impressed, and re-set my standards for how a good speaker should conduct her business. APPLAUSE!”

Pru Warren, President Washington RW

“You were so articulate and driven in your approach to sustainability and where we need to head in our conversations…as we think about a true north star. Thank you for your guidance.”

Amanda Jones, Senior Vice President Thinx

“You shifted my entire perspective about how to connect with prospective customers… with your brilliant approach. Thank you for sharing your insights and experience. I have so many actionable points now!” 

Nancy Herkness, Award-Winning Author

“We always love having Carol Van Den Hende at our location, Carol brings great energy and excitement to each book signing! We can’t wait to host Carol again in 2024!”

Ron Evans, General Manager Barnes & Noble 2210 Easton PA

“Carol has become one of our favorite speakers. She has a way of breaking down the concepts in a way that makes them easy to understand, and a way of conceptualizing actions that is both flexible and totally do-able.”

Kimber Collins, Program Director Golden States Romance Writers Bay Area CA

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