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Jennifer Vido

Acclaimed author Jennifer Vido captivates readers with her sweet Lowcountry romances in the Gull Island series, earning recognition both locally and nationally. Her debut novel, "Serendipity by the Sea," secured the prestigious Best First Book award from the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest. In 2024, Vido's talent garnered further accolades, with Baltimore Magazine readers naming her Best Local Author in their annual Best of Baltimore poll, while the Baltimore Sun acknowledged her with an Honorable Mention in their Best of 2024 Author category. Through her heartwarming stories and growing list of achievements, Vido continues to make her mark on the romance genre and the Baltimore literary scene.


In addition to her success with the Gull Island series, Jennifer is the creative mind behind the Piper O'Donnell Social Lite Mystery series. As a longtime member of the Romance Writers of America, she seamlessly explores the cozy mystery genre in these engaging stories. Her passion for books extends to her role as a blogger, where she shares insights on bestselling releases in her weekly Jen's Jewels column on, conducting captivating interviews with fellow authors.

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In addition to her literary accomplishments, Jennifer is a passionate advocate and a former national spokesperson for the Arthritis Foundation. Stemming from her guest appearance at the "Reading with Ripa” roundtable discussion with Kelly Ripa and Meg Cabot, she has broadened her impact to raise awareness for arthritis, recognized as the leading cause of disability in the United States.


Garnering attention from major media outlets such as Lifetime Television, Redbook, and The New York Times, Jennifer leverages her platform to illuminate the significance of this pressing health issue. Serving previously on the National Board of the Arthritis Foundation and the Maryland Leadership Board, she directed attention to the challenges confronted by those managing arthritis. With a history as a former national trainer for The Arthritis Foundation’s exercise classes and as a present aquatics instructor, Jennifer passionately advocates for individuals, drawing from her own experiences in navigating the complexities of rheumatoid arthritis.

Residing in the Baltimore area, she and her husband, Durbin, are the proud parents to two grown sons and a rescue dog named Fripp. When she's not immersed in the world of fiction or advocacy, she leads a legal nonprofit. With a heart dedicated to storytelling, health, and making a positive impact, Jennifer continues to captivate readers and inspire change through her writing and advocacy efforts.

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