Caroline Malloy, Ph.D.

Dynamic Coach

Coaching is, basically, teaching, but with a little more enthusiasm and a lot fewer tests!

I fell into Book Coaching after several friends asked me for advice and guidance on books they had been quietly writing, sometimes for years! I loved helping them find a voice, or renew their love of their story. As a book coach, I get to do that every day!

I was, and continue to be, so honored to coach writers as they find their voices, share their stories, and write themselves into History. I work with writers like you who follow their passions, who write for joy, and fulfillment, and sorrow, and resolution, and all the infinite emotions writing wrings out of us.

My “job” as a Book Coach is to help you do it. Because I know you can! Part-editor, part-confidant, part-therapist, part-favorite high-school teacher, I am your #1 cheerleader as you discover the best way to write your best story! I love watching writers become confident, proud authors.

Accidental Historian

History was my least favorite subject in high school. Somewhere along the way, things changed (as they tend to do) and I went on to pursue my Ph.D. in History, and eventually Art History, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

As a Historian I have taught high school, university, and lifelong learners. I have developed writing-intensive college seminars and catch-up grammar courses. Through it all, my passion has been in helping my students write better and build confidence. I’m not talking self-confidence, although that, too, but confidence as writers and historians. Every one of my students has heard me say some version of my writing philosophy: “Make me believe it!” and I am so proud of them when they succeed!

These days, I channel my Historian skills in the best “job” ever as a Resident Historian with Viking Ocean Cruises. There is simply nothing more wonderful than sailing around the world and sharing incredible adventures with crew and guests I am honored to call dear friends!

At Home

Originally from Philly, my husband and I fell in love with Chicago ten years ago and we never left. In between, we have road-tripped across most of the US and Canada, driven Route 66, and camped and hiked in dozens of National Parks. My work with Viking has taken us to new favorite places, like Norway, Cuba, and the Orkney Islands, but nothing beats coming home again to enjoy our city and chill on the front porch with our two mutts, Boo and Emma.

In Chicago, you’ll find me in my backyard with the pups or teaching fitness classes at the amazing, woman-owned, Power Sculpt Fitness. The incredible PSF community of entrepreneurs, educators, and generally kicka** ladies inspires me every day to believe anything is possible.

From amazing restaurants and incredible theatre, to classic baseball and iconic architecture, Chicago really is My Kind of Town! As Susan Werner, my favorite singer-songwriter, says, “Give me Chicago any day!”

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