Gwen Cooper is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life With a Blind Wonder Cat, and the novel Diary of a South Beach Party Girl. Gwen’s books have received positive reviews/endorsements in numerous publications, including NPR, USA Today, People, Entertainment Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Gotham, the Christian Science Monitor, OK!, the New York Daily News, the Boston Herald, the Toronto Star, the Washington Blade, The State, and the Sacramento Bee. Chauncey Mabe of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel hailed Diary of a South Beach Party Girl as, “[A] novel of emotional grit, psychological depth, and narrative confidence. For pop fiction, this is as good as it gets.”
A Miami native, Gwen spent five years working in non-profit administration, marketing, and fundraising. She coordinated and led direct-service volunteer activities on behalf of organizations including Pet Rescue, the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, the Miami Rescue Mission, His House, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, the Daily Bread Food Bank, and Family Resource Center (an organization providing emergency shelter for abused and neglected children). She also initiated Reading Pen Pals, an elementary school-based literacy program in Miami’s Little Haiti. Gwen was selected for membership in the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami program—and was nominated for Leadership Miami’s Carlos Arboleya Community Service Award—and also joined the Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation.
Eventually making a career transition from non-profit administration to marketing communications, Gwen moved to Manhattan in 2001 and was Creative Services Manager for AOL Time Warner’s online marketing group. In 2003, Gwen was offered the position of Special Projects Manager at Wenner Media, publisher of Rolling Stone and Us Weekly, where she worked until the sale of her first book early in 2006. Her third book, the novel Love Saves the Day, will be published by Bantam Dell, a division of Random House, in January 2013.
Gwen currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, Laurence. She also lives with her three perfect cats—Homer, Clayton, and Fanny—who aren’t impressed with any of it.
Author photo © Robert Caldarone 2009