Big news! LibraryThing is now free to all! Read the blog post and discuss the change on Talk.
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Author photo. Charlotte Vale Allen - Photo by Dianna Last ©2002

Charlotte Vale Allen - Photo by Dianna Last ©2002

MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
1,0582317,981 (3.08)30
Night Magic 85 copies, 4 reviews
Somebody’s Baby 85 copies, 2 reviews
Parting Gifts 71 copies, 3 reviews
Dreaming In Color 69 copies, 4 reviews
Grace Notes 64 copies, 3 reviews
Daddy's Girl 60 copies, 1 review
Fresh Air 59 copies, 1 review
Claudia's Shadow 46 copies, 1 review
Dream Train 43 copies
Promises 39 copies
Illusions 37 copies
Leftover Dreams 33 copies
Painted Lives 32 copies
Time/Steps (Author) 28 copies, 1 review
Meet Me in Time 24 copies, 1 review

Charlotte Vale Allen has 1 past event. (show)

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Cause of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Charlotte was born on 19 January 1941 in Toronto, Canada. She was abused during childhood. She moved to England from 1961 to 1964, where she worked as a television actress and singer. She returned to Toronto briefly, performing as a singer and in cabaret revues until she emigrated to the United States in 1966.

In 1970, she married Walter Bateman Allen Jr and instaled in Connecticut in 1970. Shortly after her marriage, she began writing and sold her first novel, Love Life, in 1974. Prior to its publication, she had contracted to do a series of paperback originals for Warner Books, with the result that in 1976 three of her books appeared in print. Her award-winning autobiography, Daddy’s Girl , was actually the first book she wrote, but in 1971 it was deemed too controversial by the editors who read it. It wasn’t until 1980, after she’d gained success as a novelist, that the groundbreaking book was finally published.

Charlotte’s 30-plus novels have sold over eight-million copies, have been published in all English-speaking countries, in braille, and have been translated into more than 20 languages. She is consistently one of the most borrowed authors in worldwide English-language libraries. She also used the pseudonym of Katharine Marlowe. In 2000, CBS bought the rights to Somebody’s Baby for a movie-of-the-week, and several of her other novels are currently under option for film and television.

In her writing, she tries to deal with issues confronting women, being informative while at the same time offering a measure of optimism. "My strongest ability as a writer is to make women real, to take you inside their heads and let you know how they feel, and to make you care about them." Her goal "has always been to communicate, to enlighten people about women’s issues without being preachy, and to entertain while doing it. If I succeed in getting someone to think about the book’s content after they’ve finished reading it, then I’ve accomplished what I set out to do."

A film buff and an amateur photographer, Charlotte enjoys foreign travel. She finds cooking and needlework therapeutic, and is a lifelong movie fan. The mother of an adult daughter, she continued living in Connecticut.
Disambiguation notice

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

Member ratings

Average: (3.08)
0.5 5
1 14
1.5 1
2 15
2.5 1
3 46
3.5 5
4 30
4.5 1
5 17

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Charlotte Vale Allen is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Charlotte Vale Allen is composed of 7 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 147,708,825 books! | Top bar: Always visible