Born of American parents and raised in Germany, author Gloria Edel attended French school until graduating from college. She moved to the United States permanently in 1984 prior to the first of three liver transplants. In a coma for six weeks after her second transplant, Gloria underwent five surgeries while unconscious. She also had two hip replacements and two knee replacements. An avid sportsperson, she has always enjoyed physical activity, including instructing spinning classes after receiving her replacement body parts. In 2008, Gloria underwent her third liver transplant and her first kidney transplant. Her husband, to whom she is married for eighteen years, helped her through two of three transplants. She holds the title of First Woman In The World With A Liver Transplant To Have Two Children.
Gloria also has another passion—learning and speaking languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew and Russian. Currently she is learning Chinese, her eighth language. She lives with her husband and two sons in Los Angeles, California.