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Meet Caroline

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

Caroline received her B.A. in English Literature and Secondary Education from Colorado Christian University in Denver. After living in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and France, teaching, writing, and participating in linguistic studies, Caroline returned to Colorado and met her husband. They have lived in Western Colorado and the Chicago suburbs, but now call Colorado Springs their home.

Caroline worked as a non-profit writer, an assistant to a Young Life Director, a magazine editorial assistant, and a textbook typist, among other roles over the years, but she loves to teach high school English and guide students to find their own life narrative and story.

She is passionate about teaching, traveling, cooking Indonesian food, going on dates with her husband, and raising their three children to live intentional, meaningful lives. On Saturdays, Caroline loves to hike with her family and their rambunctious chocolate lab, or spend hours writing stories in quaint coffee shops.

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Caroline Mertens

Caroline VanTongeren Mertens

My dear Oma (Diny) and Opa (Nico), such wonderful blessings of faith and love in my life!