Kathy was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1953. In 1956, when she was 2 ½ years old, her parents fled the revolution torn country, leaving her in the care of her grandparents. After a 7 year wait, Kathy immigrated to Canada to be reunited with her parents in Toronto. Her first year in Canada was the inspiration for A Whisper in My Heart, her first novel. Since its publication in 2003, Kathy has visited many schools to speak to students about the difficulties that immigrants experience in our society and the importance of making Canada a warm and welcoming environment.
In April 2007, Kathy was one of six Canadian authors invited to represent Canada at the 14th Budapest International Book Fair where she presented her book, A Whisper In My Heart and gave lectures to University students about literature for young people.
Kathy’s second book Guardian Angel House is based on the true story of her mother and aunt who were hidden with 120 Jewish children in a convent in Budapest during the Second World War. In 2005 Kathy received a City of Ottawa Arts Council Grant to further the writing of Guardian Angel House. She used this money to visit Hungary to research the Guardian Angel House convent and the surrounding areas where the story takes place.
Guardian Angel House was a ‘Red Maple Honour Book’ in 2010. It was also included in “The Best Children’s Books of the Year” from Bank Street Colle ge of Education; Historical Fiction category, 2010, ages 9-12 as well as in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s “Best Books for Kids and Teens”, 2010 edition.
Kathy is the founder of Chilawee Trails Camp for girls which she directed for eight years. This gave her intensive exposure to the target audience of her books - girls from 10 to 16 years of age.
The story of Kathy’s conversion from Judaism to Catholicism is contained in the anthology, Canadian Converts, published by Justin Press in 2009. She has also completed two other manuscripts, Shadow Girl and The Choice, which are awaiting publication.
Kathy and her husband Bruce live in Kanata. They have six children and twelve grandchildren.