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Gwen Rollings was born Gwen Campagna to a mother raised in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina and an Italian father from Boston, Massachusetts. Her mother married a serviceman in the mid 1940’s, and Gwen also married a serviceman (Marine). Gwen met her brother’s drill instructor at Parris Island, South Carolina when he was a young corporal in 1964. Their nomadic life has taken them and their four children, Gina, Buck, Lisa and Brittany, to live in over thirty different homes to include ones in Hawaii, Israel, Okinawa (Japan), Virginia, Kansas, South Carolina, North Carolina, and most recently Florida.
Gwen graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a degree in communication. She then received her Master’s Degree in Communication from George Mason University. After teaching at the college level for a number of years, she began a training and development company focusing on improving management and employee relations.
Writing has been Gwen’s passion since she wrote and acted in her sixth grade play. She has loved every part of the creative writing process especially poetry. She wrote her first book of poetry, Seasons of a Woman, in 1998 after compiling her many poems and realizing the majority of her poetry focused on the many joys and challenges in a woman’s life. Her poem, “Footsteps At The Door”, was selected for inclusion in the Chicken Soup Series (Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul).
After over three decades as a military wife, her husband, Major General Wayne Rollings, was finally leaving the Marine Corps. Gwen wanted to share her experiences as a military wife to give civilians a realistic look at the sacrifices and strength of the wives and families of the men who defend our country and encourage the young military wives just beginning their journey. Her book, We Band of Sisters, has inspired many young military wives to recognize how special and important their roles are as heroes on the home front.
Finally, retirement was another cycle in the life of a woman that Gwen wanted to chronicle. Help! My Husband Just Retired has been the biggest surprise of all in their married life. Once again, Gwen is the spokesperson for a generation of women whose husbands come home from work one day and stay there…forever. Her candid, humorous and spiritual approach to all her writing is meant to entertain, inform and inspire women of every age and offer a few good and courageous men the opportunity for a glimpse into what women really think.
Gwen's book of, Seasons of a Woman, received great reviews from women and men who wanted to give a lasting gift celebrating all the wonderful and chaotic events in a woman's life. One of the poems in that collected, entitled "Footsteps at the Door," was selected for inclusion in the Chicken Soup series: Chicken Soup for the Military Wife's Soul.
Zandi Krulak, wife of former Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Charles C. Krulak, USMC, wrote about We Band of Sisters:
"Gwen Rollings writes her heartwarming account of years spent as a Marine's wife with honesty and familiarity that assures you that she is telling it 'like it is.' Her conversational style makes for easy reading and the feeling that you would readily and quickly get to know this lady, and feel comfortable with her whether you had met her when she was a general's wife or a corporal's.
Help! My Husband Just Retired is presently available as an ebook and will be available as published book in the near future. Gwen has discovered this season of retirement is like starting all over again as a married couple. After almost forty years of living together but frequently separated due to career responsibilities, parenting, graduate degrees, and different interests, being "joined at the hip" created a whole new set of challenges, laughter, and role confusion. Every woman on the threshold of retirement will definitely benefit from Gwen's initiaal trials and errors. Women already on the retirement road for a while will relate to this must read humourous and informative narrative while will reveal what the retirement seminars leave out!.