DJ Gatsby Book club wants to share a post about the late Author Gwynne Forster, While i had never heard of her or read any of her books i found out during my research that she was adored by her fans. She was a very successful writer who has won many awards for her writing and i feel the African-American Literary community has lost a very talented Author who will be missed by all who were touched by her life and her books .
*Biography below is reposted from the Gwynne Forster “Amazon Authors Page”.
Gwynne Forster is national best-selling and award-winning author of twelve novels of general fiction, thirty-three romance novels,eight mainstream and romance novellas, and one self-published e-book collection of short stories, Fire Down Below. All of her mainstream novels and several of her romance novels have been featured in Black Expressions Magazine. When Twilight Comes, her first mainstream novel, was featured on the magazine’s cover, and it also remained on the Essence Magazine list of best sellers for several months. Her latest mainstream novels,When The Sun Goes own and Breaking The Ties That Bind, published in 2000 and 2011, respectively, received rave reviews. Publisher’s Weekly called A Different Kind Of Blues, published in October 2008, “An ode to life…wise and wonderful…”
Among her many awards and forms of recognition, Gwynne is most proud of her election in 2006 to the Affaire de Coeur Magazine Hall Of Fame,and of the Life Time Ahchievement Award conferred by Romantic Times Magazine in 2007, and the RT Magazine award as best multicultural mainstream novel of 2011 for Breaking The Ties That Bind. The following novels were nominated by Affaire de Coeur Magazine for ‘Best romance novel of the year with African-American Hero and heroine: Ecstasy, Obsession, Naked Soul, Fools Rush In, Swept Away, Secret Desire, Scarlet Woman. Winners of the award were: Beyond Desire,Ecstasy, Naked Soul, Fools Rush In, and Swept Away. Readers of Affaire de Coeur Magazine named Gwynne one of Top Ten Favorite Authors for the years 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2006, and one of five outstanding achievers (1998). Rendezvous Magazine voted Secret Desire “Rose Bud of the month” for November 2003. The 2001 Gold Pin Award from Black Writers Reunion and Conference went to Gwynne’s Beyond Desire.
Double Day Book Club and Literary Guild selected Beyond Desire and used the book to start the Black Expressions Book Club. Romance In Color internet site gave its 1999 Award of Excellence to Against The Wind and voted Gwynne Author of the Year. The site voted Flying High runner-up to best romance of the year 2003 and gave it Honorable mention. Romance Slam Jam 2000 nominated Gwynne for the Vivian Stephens Lifetime Achievement Award. Romance Slam Jam 2001 gave Gwynne an Emma Award for her novella, “Learning to Love” in the anthology, Going To The Chapel. Romance Slam Jam 2003 nominated Blues From Down Deep for an Emma Award as best mainstream novel. Gwynne lectures extensively on fiction writing, and on making the first sale.
A native North Carolinian who grew up in Washington, D. C. , Gwynne holds bachelors and masters degrees in sociology, a master’s degree in economics/demography and has additional graduate credits in journalism. As a demographer, she is widely published. She is formerly chief of (non-medical) research in fertility and family planning in the Population Division of the United Nations in New York and served for four years as chairperson of the International Programme Committee of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (London, England). These positions took her on official business to sixty-three developed and developing countries.
Gwynne sings on her church choir, loves to entertain, and is a museum hopper, gourmet cook and avid gardener. She enjoys classical music, opera, jazz and blues with her husband with whom she lives in New York City.
Reach Gwynne at P.O. Box 45, New York, N.Y. 10044; E-mail GwynneF@aol.com; Web page – http://www.gwynneforster.com Blog: http://gwynneforster.blogspot.com. Find her on Twitter and FaceBook (Gwynne Forster’s page)
*Biography reposted from the Gwynne Foster “Amazon Authors Page.