Gay Courter

Gay Courter’s latest book, Quarantine! How I Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis, published by Post Hill Press (November 2020).  

In early February 2020, Gay and her documentary filmmaker husband, Phil, found themselves quarantined in Yokohama aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship by the Japanese government, just as they were about to disembark after a two-week southeast Asian cruise. Quarantine! is the insider’s book on the Diamond Princess episode, a suspenseful real-life drama recounting Gay and Phil’s twelve-day ordeal aboard ship, their tenacious efforts to get the U.S. government to repatriate them and other Americans, and their additional fifteen-day quarantine under federal order at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

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,  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 previous books have sold.  Her novels The MidwifeRiver of DreamsCode 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 TodayGood Morning America, and 20/20, and 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 aid 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 novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, 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.

See for more about Quarantine! and for updates on Phil’s companion documentary, Quarantine! How We Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis.  See for more about Gay and her previous books.


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