Kate was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia. She joined the US Coast Guard after graduation and went to Hawaii to serve on the Cutter Jarvis. From there she went to US Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Florida and then was stationed at Air Station Los Angeles where she flew the HH65 Dolphin helicopter.
During her time in Los Angeles she started writing and decided to turn that hobby into a second career after leaving the Coast Guard. She began as a history writer and has been published in "Military Heritage" and "Fairfax County Stories: 1607-2007."
Her first mystery novel, "The Happy Housewife," was released in 2012 as an eBook. Kate lives with her husband and two children in the Philadelphia suburbs.