She is the daughter-in-law of Turkish politician Dr. Sami Gökmen, former Minister of Parliament from the Republican People's Party (CHP) for the district of Muğla during the 16th session of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM).
Gökmen also co-hosts a Turkish television series focusing on expatriation issues of foreigners married to Turks, "Bir Yar Gelir Bizlere", on the state television station TRT (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation).
Gökmen, along with Anastasia M. Ashman, created and co-edited the nonfiction anthology Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey. The collection includes the life experiences of 32 expatriate women from seven nations and five continents, whose collective experience spans the length and breadth of Turkey over the past four decades. Stories by scholars, artists, missionaries, journalists, entrepreneurs and Peace Corps volunteers relate personal assimilation into Turkish friendship, neighborhood, wifehood, and motherhood.
Tales from the Expat Harem is also published in Turkey, where it was a #1 national bestseller in January 2006. It has been translated into Turkish under the title Türkçe Sevmek, with a foreword by the controversial Turkish novelist Elif Shafak.
Seal Press (2006, North America), ISBN 1-58005-155-3
Doğan Kitap (2005, Turkish worldwide as Türkçe Sevmek), ISBN 975-293-381-5
Doğan Kitap (2005, English in Turkey), ISBN 975-293-372-6