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A native of Southern California, Caroline Mertens moved to Colorado during high school. Her grandmother's immigration tales of adventure, love, pain, and redemption always provided ample amounts of hope, grace, and literary inspiration, as described in the story line of In Those Other Lands.

She received her B.A. in English Literature and Secondary English Education from Colorado Christian University in the Denver area. After her own voyages overseas, Caroline returned to Colorado, where she met her husband. She's worked as a high school English teacher, a non-profit writer, an assistant to a Young Life director, and a magazine editorial assistant, among other roles over the years, but her favorite calling is being a mother to her three daughters. 
Caroline is passionate about traveling, eating Indonesian food, and teaching English. She lives with her family near Chicago.

Latest Posts

To the shore

Our choice in joy and grief

Embracing 35

A Life Well-Lived

A poem about Fall, by my 7-yr-old daughter

Lessons from a Kite Flyer

Living in Anticipation

A Change of Seasons

The Gift of Immigration

Holding Pattern