Kate lives along the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, where she was born. In November 2009 her first novel was published — The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods, a book January Magazine calls "a spirited tale, gorgeously rendered." It was illustrated by Governor General award-winning Sydney Smith, and was nominated for a Hackmatack Award and a Red Cedar Award.
The sequel to The Dread Crew, Flight of the Griffons, is the world's first adventure novel for young readers on the virtues (and fabulously exciting peril) of pirate-style environmental warriorship. "Loyalty to oneself and ethical ideals are at the heart of this brilliant and surprising novel," wrote literary reviewer Tanita Davis. It was released in spring 2014.
In spring 2016, Kate's third book was released with Nimbus, illustrated by the brilliant Eric Orchard: If I Were A Zombie—fun-loving monster poetry for 4-8 year olds. She is currently working on her first book of non-fiction for adults, on navigating grief and healing for bereaved parents.