Dawn Eden was born to a Jewish family in New York City. When she was in high school, she lost her faith and became an agnostic. During her 20s, in the 1990s, she became a rock journalist, writing for music magazines such as Salon and Mojo. She went on to work in editing positions for New York City's biggest tabloid newspapers, the New York Post and the Daily News.
Dawn underwent a dramatic conversion to Christian faith at age 31, which eventually led her to enter the Catholic Church. With her new faith came a change in lifestyle as she discovered the truth and beauty of Church teachings on chastity. That led to the publication in December 2006 of her first book, describing her personal transformation in the hope of helping others make positive change in their own lives: The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On. Now in its sixth printing, the book is also available in Spanish and Polish, with a Chinese edition soon to come.
Since her book came out, Dawn has been featured on NBC's Today and EWTN's Life on the Rock. Now living in Washington, D.C., she has spoken about chastity to colleges and young-adult groups throughout the United States as well as Canada, England, and Ireland, including Yale, Notre Dame, Georgetown, and the University of California, Berkeley.