Carolyn Jones was born in Harare, Zimbabwe during the dog days of a 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 glorious. She planned to stay forever, 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 six 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. A devastating personal experience, which she wrote about for The Texas Observer, pulled Carolyn into journalism. From there, she 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 shaking her head at the daily news, she’s shaking her fist at rabbits in her garden. She’s working on a novel about Princeton professors, anxious housewives, and liberal doomsday survivalists. Sadly it has no resemblance to her actual life (see above re: fist shaking).