Born in Chicago, Kate spent her school years in Park Ridge, a northwest suburb. She attended North Park University in Chicago and Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, completing a degree in Creative Writing and Fine Arts-Painting.
While at Knox, she met husband-to-be Don Gingold. They moved east soon after their marriage, living for some years near Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kate did some freelance writing during that time, and was on the staff of two small-town newspapers, The Saline Reporter and The Milan News.
After starting their family, Kate and Don moved back to Illinois and settled in Naperville. While raising their son and daughter, they became very involved in the community through their childrens' activities as well as through the business community.
Kate and Don founded a web development company in 1996 which became Sprocket Websites in 2008. Since the beginning, Kate has written a biweekly column on digital marketing for website clients.
When the City of Naperville started planning its 175th Anniversary Celebration, Kate welcomed the chance to share her interest in history with the children of Naperville by rewriting the settlers' story just for them. After eighteen months of research and writing, Ruth by Lake and Prairie was published.
A big Agatha Christie fan, Kate started researching 1920s topics years ago, but it was during the COVID pandemic that she got serious about presenting that research as a book. She is currently working on the next volume continuing to blog about digital marketing, local history, and author marketing.