Novelist, nonfiction author, and filmmaker Gay Courter has been traveling the world since age six, when her family left the U.S. to spend several years in Japan and Taiwan. Her first cruise, as a child, was aboard the famed Ile de France. Together, she and her husband, Philip, have taken twenty-one cruises, on nine different lines, including ten Princess ships. She did research for her latest novel, The Girl in the Box, aboard the Diamond Princess in 2017.
Gay and Phil own Courter Films & Associates, based in Crystal River, Florida. They have produced more than three hundred documentary, educational, and corporate films and won numerous awards, including two Emmys.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed travel, Gay and Phil had several international adventures each year. Gay’s travel articles for the Creators Syndicate go out to two thousand publications with about forty million readers.
Millions of copies of Gay Courter’s books have sold. Her novels The Midwife, River of Dreams, Code Ezra, and Flowers in the Blood made the New York Times bestseller list.
In the award-winning I Speak for this Child: True Stories of a Child Advocate, Gay recounts her twenty-five years as a volunteer appointed to help neglected and abused children in the Florida courts. The publication of that book led to many television appearances, including on Today, Good Morning America, and 20/20, and public speaking engagements throughout the U.S.
This experience, as well as book tours for her novels, helped prepare her for the successful media campaign she and Phil launched, with the help of their three adult children and Bobbie Carlton and her team at Carlton PR and Marketing, asking for the help of the U.S. government to evacuate them and other Americans from the Diamond Princess as the number of cases of the yet-unnamed coronavirus grew day by day.
In addition to the more than 150 interviews with media outlets from around the globe that Gay and Phil did while under quarantine in Japan and Texas, Gay wrote two op-eds for the Washington Post and an article for The Atlantic.
Check back here for more about Quarantine! and for updates on Phil’s companion documentary, Quarantine! How We Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis. See gaycourter.com for more about Gay and her previous books.