Gwen Cooper is a Miami native and 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. Homer's Odyssey has sold over 200,000 copies in the U.S. and has been translated into eighteen foreign languages.
Gwen spent five years working in non-profit administration, marketing, and fundraising. She has coordinated and led direct-service volunteer projects on behalf of organizations including Pet Rescue, the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, His House Children's Home, Youth Crime Watch of Dade County, Ronald McDonald House, the Miami Rescue Mission, 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 remains an active volunteer, fundraiser, and mentor through organizations including New York Cares, Recording For the Blind and Dyslexic, the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals, Angel Cats Japan, and numerous no-kill animal shelters throughout the U.S.
Gwen donates 10% of her domestic royalties from Homer's Odyssey to shelters that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals. In September 2010 she donated $10,000 to Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in North Carolina. http://blindcatrescue.com/
Currently, Gwen is writing her third book, a novel titled Love Saves The Day, for publication in Summer 2012. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Laurence. She also lives with her three perfect cats--Scarlett, Vashti, and Homer--who aren't impressed with any of it.