Caroline Malloy Ph.D. 

Book Coach. Developmental Editor. Historian

My super power is “not-knowing”

 I say my super power is “not-knowing” because I ask a lot of questions. No seriously, a lot! I don’t know the answers. They’re inside you, because it’s your book. I’m just the lucky, curious coach who gets to help you unlock them.


HELLO, I’M Caroline

I help great women like you write great nonfiction

I wrote a book once. It was my dissertation (on Irish national displays at international exhibitions from 1853-1939, if you were curious). 

I never want to write a book again. It’s hard

But I do want more women writing more nonfiction, and I have the skills, the strategies, and the determination to help make that happen. The way I look at it, I could write one book at a time, or I could help you, and so many other incredible women like you, write your books.

The power of that is exponential.

That’s how we change the landscape of nonfiction authors! Together!

Beyond coaching

Resident Historian

I spend a few months every year as a Resident Historian on Viking Ocean cruises.

There are few things better than sailing around the world, sharing incredible adventures with crew and guests I am honored to call dear friends!

And no matter where I am in the world, my writers are always my #1.

I’m as likely to join our coaching meetings from my hometown of Chicago as I am from a coffee shop in London, a beach club in Cozumel, or a park bench in Bergen (all of which have happened).

Come travel vicariously with me. 

3 Fun Facts about Caroline

insider information


I’m not an author, but my brother is

The published author in the family is my brother, Brian. He writes horror novels under the name Patrick Malloy. If you like horror, you should check him out!

Caroline holding a copy of Bang Bang horror novel by Brian Patrick
fireworks at night over tunnel and welcome to narberth sign


My hometown has its own song

Every year at the Narberth, PA Fourth of July celebration, we pack the playground for fireworks and everyone sings along to our town song, “Narberth is a big little town.”

It’s as folksy and small-town as it sounds, but it’s the best! And of course we all know all the words.

Come join us anytime!

hand with blue watch holding a gold compass
Caroline reading Caitlin Moran's How to be a Woman


I Keep a “Top Ten” bookshelf

For decades, now, I’ve kept my “Top ten books of all time” on a separate shelf. The list has changed over the years, but it’s always a steady reminder of my past, present, future, and of great writing.

Chicago is

my kind of town


Want to come to chicago?

DIY+Coach Retreats

In addition to my usual work with writers, I welcome writers to my hometown year-round for “DIY+Coach” retreats in the heart of the city.

We commit to your story for a day, a weekend, or longer, inspired by this city that I love. 



Whether your great book is still just an idea, or you’re ready to pitch it to the world,
I’m excited to help you crush your goals, exceed your dreams, and bring your book to life.