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CAROL VAN DEN HENDE is an award-winning author who pens stories of resilience and hope. Her Goodbye, Orchid series is inspired by wounded veterans and has won 16 literary awards, including the American Fiction Award, IAN Outstanding Fiction First Novel Award, and 2020 Royal Dragonfly for Disability Awareness. 

Buzzfeed, Parade,  and Travel+Leisure named “heartwarming, heartbreaking” Goodbye, Orchid a most anticipated read. Glamour Magazine recommended this “modern, important take on the power of love.” The International Pulpwood Queens, selected Goodbye, Orchid as a 2022 Bonus Book-of-the-Month.

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 husband and teenaged 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, global marketer, digital strategist, Climate Reality Leader 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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Speaker Bio

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, NJ-SCBWI, International Women’s Writing Guild, Rutgers Writers’ Conference, Sisters-in-Crime and Women Who Write. She’s also a regular contributor to DIYMFA, where she pens the 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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podcast and speaker testimonials

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

“I continue to be impressed with how you bring your A-Game to EVERYTHING you do! You are without a doubt one of the most prodigious people I know!” Valerie Donati, President Brand Building Communications PR (June 2023)

“You were so articulate and driven in your approach to sustainability and where we need to head…as we think about a true North Star. Thank you for your guidance” Amanda Jones, Senior Vice President Wholesale Thinx

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Outstanding First Novel 50,000 to 80,000 Words Winner
Outstanding Women’s Fiction Finalist
1st Place Cover Design

1st Place Special Needs/Disability Awareness
1st Place Interior Design

Designer: Kellie Emery

2021 American Advertising Award

Hampton Roads branch
Book Cover Gold Medal Addy

2021 Kops Fetherling International Book Award

Multicultural Fiction
Gold Award

2021 National Indie Excellence Book Award (NIEA)

Multicultural Fiction
Best New Fiction

Fiction: General
Honorable Mention for
General Fiction
New Author of the Year Award
Chatelaine Fiction First Place Award
Best Interior Design Nominee
May 2022 Bonus Book of the Month selection
World's Largest Book Club
The Best in Literature Finalist

Lone Star Writing Contest

Finalist for
Goodbye, Orchid

Writers' Digest 89th Annual Writing Competition

"Before He Heard Her" Honorable Mention for
Genre Short Story

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