A former teacher, Kathy comes from a long line of storytellers. According to Kathy, “Teaching was my career, but my first love was always writing. I won my first writing contest in third grade and dreamt all my life of being a published author.” She grew up in a family of eight children who were considered to be “hippies” in their traditional Irish-American neighborhood.
Kathy and her late husband Dan moved to Florida from Buffalo, New York in July of 1998, and made a move to Solivita in April of 2001. “When we first moved, we knew almost every one of the 75 people living here back then,” Kathy said.
They retained family ties and many friends back north, and Kathy often says that she “left her heart in Buffalo.” She also claims that her hometown has “the best summer weather anywhere.”
The Glascott’s daughter, Brenda is an English professor and the Director of the Honors College at Portland State University in Oregon.
Kathy is the proud grandmother of five—furry cats.
When not writing, Kathy is trying to please her lovable puppy Sparkle who seems to have taken charge of the household.
Her play, “First Date,” was presented by the Solivita Theater group and was well received by the community. “What an amazing moment,” Kathy says, “to see my words come to life by being performed on stage!”
Loving Christy, Kathy’s first novel, appeals to people who came of age during the tumultuous 1970's, a time of rapid cultural and economic change. It’s a story of romance and its conflicts and emerging feminist ideals as experienced by many women of the time. The novel is rich with elements of the Celtic humor and conflicts of tightly knit Irish-American communities.
According to Mia Crews, the publisher of Elvis Saves a Marriage and Other Short Stories, Kathy’s second book, “presents a cast of engaging characters, unique settings and surprise endings. These “slice of life” stories cover the gamut of human emotions,” including finding love, getting revenge, reconciliation, and the tragedy of a dying marriage. The last story in the collection, “Henry and Ginny,” is a mash-up of two familiar fairy tales.
Widow’s Weeds—The Note is the first novella in a trilogy that describes the journey of grieving and healing after a woman loses her husband. It is based on Kathy’s real-life experiences of losing her beloved husband in 2012. However, there is a twist in the story which keeps the reader engaged. She was thrilled when a reader told her that, after reading the novella, “I finally get it—I really understand what it means to be a widow now!”
As she contemplates the mysterious woman who wrote the note, she confronts her anger, grief, and loss. Lori’s journey will resonate with anyone who has been affected by the death of a life partner or spouse. “Widow’s Weeds—The Note” is the first installment in a trilogy that explores the journey widows and widowers take as they grieve the loss of a life partner.
These “slice of life” stories cover the gamut of human emotions. Enjoy three Ten Minute Stories: "I Was Thinking;" "The Sign of Cancer;" and "The Ice Queen." "In Picket Fences," a professional woman finds her true love in a most unlikely place, only to discover that her family does not approve.
"He Takes the Cake" is set at a wedding shower where the cake comes to the rescue, saving a friend from making a terrible mistake. "The Last Time" is the story of a deteriorating marriage in which a husband loves collecting rare books more than he loves his wife.
The final story is a bona fide fairy tale about two children, Henry and Ginny, who disappear one sunny day. Lucky for them, Henry’s mother has the perfect formula for finding the two adorable youngsters who ultimately discover that not all cute little old ladies are as sweet as Henry's Nana.
Loss and disappointment are the hallmarks of Christy Doyle’s life. In 1970’s Buffalo, the world is teeming with change, but Christy is shackled by the expectations of a community that rejects change.
After the death of her beloved mother, Christy is suffocated by her father’s selfish demands. Her thirties are fast approaching, and she fears that she will never escape her routine job and bleak future.
When a friendship becomes a romance, Christy faces a new worry. Does she have to sacrifice her dreams to find love? Will a more worldly-wise Christy welcome love into her life on her own terms?