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Scandalously out-dated photo courtesy of the talented Hannah Mentz (www.hannahmentz.com)

Carolyn Jones was born in Harare, Zimbabwe at the end of the civil war. She studied journalism and english literature in South Africa, and then moved to London in 2001 with (seemingly) every person she knew. London in the oughts was more fun than expected. She planned to settle in for the long haul, and even picked up a masters in health policy to show she meant business. But then an American came along.

Carolyn now lives in the U.S. with her American husband and children. She spent several years in Texas, where she became a freelance writer. She wrote wonky health stories for a hospital magazine, as well as a lighthearted blog about parenting. The blog led to publication in Austin’s biggest paper and then onto a column for Time.com. Carolyn also wrote extensively about women’s reproductive health for the Texas Observer, Al Jazeera America, The Guardian, Chatelaine and Women’s eNews. She won several awards for her journalism, and was deeply honored to have discussed her work with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air.

In 2014, Carolyn left the Lone Star State and headed with her family to Princeton, New Jersey. When she’s not trying & failing to Americanize her accent, she’s trying to lure birds into her garden with native plants. She’s currently working on a comic novel about gardening. Because gardening with native plants is extremely hilarious.