Karyn Bosnak lives in New York City. Her first book, the memoir SAVE KARYN (based on the website of the same name), received int’l media attention when it was published in 2003, resulting in appearances on the Today Show and 20/20. Karyn’s second book and first novel, 20 TIMES A LADY, was published in 2006. The feature film adaptation, WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?, starring ANNA FARIS and CHRIS EVANS, will be released September 30, 2011. To find out what she’s up to, visit www.prettyinthecity.com.
After spending much of her early career as a daytime television talk-show producer, Bosnak moved from Chicago to New York in 2000. After quickly running up $20,000 of shopping-induced credit card debt, Bosnak lost her job and found herself unable to pay it back. In June 2002, she started savekaryn.com, a humorous albeit controversial website on which she brazenly asked strangers to help pay it off. The website garnered international media attention and worked; Bosnak paid off her debt in twenty weeks.
In 2003, Bosnak chronicled her struggles with debt in the memoir Save Karyn: One Shopaholic’s Journey to Debt and Back. It was published in the United States by HarperCollins and is now available in over ten languages around the world.
Bosnak has since donated the same amount of money she received from people to charity.
With the success of her first book, Bosnak abandoned the television industry altogether and began writing full time. In 2006, her first novel, 20 Times a Lady, was published in the United States by HarperCollins. It serves as the basis for the feature film What’s Your Number? starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans. On September 6, 2011, the book will be re-released under the title What’s Your Number?.