Irina Gonzalez is an editor and freelance writer based in southwest Florida, covering parenting, recovery, Latinx culture, and all things lifestyle. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, O! The Oprah Magazine, Parents, Glamour, Prevention, and more. When she’s not working, she’s probably reading an audiobook, snuggling her new baby, and living her best life thanks to sobriety.
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Irina Gonzalez is an editor and freelance writer with over 14 years of experience in digital women’s lifestyle publications, including Latina magazine, SheKnows, Family Circle, MamásLatinas from Cafe Mom, Brit+Co, Blavity’s 21Ninety and more.
She is the Managing Editor at The Temper — which explores life through the lens of sobriety, addiction, and recovery — and a freelance writer covering parenting, recovery, Latinx culture, and all things lifestyle. She has written for The Washington Post, O! The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Parents, Marie Claire, Prevention, Women’s Health, Healthline, INSIDER, Mom.com, Cafe Mom, The Kitchn, them., Good Housekeeping and more.
You can find the latest news and updates under her writer’s blog and some of her favorite published clips above as well. She mostly writes about parenting, recovery, Latinx culture, and all things lifestyle. But her real specialty is taking a difficult or taboo topic and turning it into an engaging story or personal essay.
Beyond that, Irina used to spend most of her free time working on her memoir, Moscow Chica: How Growing Up Russian and Cuban Made Me an American but progress is on pause for now — but she’s hard at work on another secret project that will launch later in 2020. When she’s not working, she’s probably reading an audiobook, snuggling her new baby, and living her best life thanks to sobriety.
More About Irina
I was born in Moscow to a Russian mom and Cuban dad. When I was eight years old, my family moved to the U.S. and settled in Southwest Florida. But I dreamed of living in a big city, so I set my sights on New York City.
My love of writing began in the 5th grade, when I won a county-wide contest for my essay titled “How My Cat Makes My House a Home.” But it wasn’t until a bit later that I would hit my stride and fall in love with journalism. After high school, I attended New York University, where I double majored in Journalism and Dramatic Literature and received my cum laude Bachelor of Arts in May 2007. After graduating, I also completed a Digital Journalism Certificate from Media Bistro, and have taken several recreational writing, photography, and cooking classes.
During college, I interned at magazines like Latina, Good Housekeeping, and People. I have worked at InStyle, Family Circle, as a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas, and the Digital Audience Development Manager at Latina Media Ventures (publishers of Latina magazine, Latina.com and The Latin Kitchen). I was the Food Editor at SheKnows, a Freelance Editor at Brit+Co, and News Editor at 21Ninety. Currently, I’m the Managing Editor at The Temper — which explores life through the lens of sobriety, addiction, and recovery — and a freelance writer who specializes taking a difficult or taboo topic and turning it into an engaging story or personal essay. As an editor and freelance writer, I cover sobriety, parenting, Latinx culture, and all things lifestyle.
If you’re interested in finding out more about my work experience or reading some of my best-published articles, take a look at my writing clips.
Although I love all kinds of writing, my personal experience drives me to (mostly) focus on food and health. My passion for food, nutrition, and wellness started after I lost 100 pounds and gained a love of veggies. From there, I enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where I completed a certificate in holistic health coaching and have since used that knowledge to inform my writing (and personal life). It can still be a daily struggle to maintain my weight loss and feel confident about myself, but I’m happy and proud to be where I am today.
In 2016, I turned 30 and decided that it was time to re-focus my life and do something I’ve only previously dreamed about: become a full-time freelance writer. To do that, I left NYC after almost 12 happy years and settled back in Southwest Florida. Shortly after, I met the love of my life and also started to seriously work on my memoir (tentatively titled Moscow Chica) about how growing up Cuban and Russian made me an American. However, work on the memoir is paused for now.
When I’m not working, I’m probably reading an audiobook or cuddling with the loves of my life: My husband Adam, our new baby, and our attention-loving pets, Moose the Border Collie and Daenerys Stormborn (Dany for short) the kitty. And living my best life thanks to sobriety!