Born to a feisty Italian mother and a gentle blue-eyed Irishman, I was given the name “Marykate,” inspired by Maureen O’Hara’s character in the movie, The Quiet Man, an old-time favorite love story that co-starred John Wayne. With a grandmother Catherine and an Aunt Mary the name was an obvious choice.
I've been writing stories all my life. There's an old Macy’s box in my attic filled with my writings from childhood, now smudgy-looking pages produced on my portable Olivetti Underwood typewriter, an eighth-grade gift from my Grandmother Catherine.
Always a writer, my career began a million years ago when my kids were babies. I sold greeting card ideas to a card publisher in Ohio. My first payment for words I'd written was $60 and it felt like a million. Life got crazy with family needs and the day job and my writing aspirations stalled.