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About Kate

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 the schools, Girl and Boy Scouts and their homeowners' association.

Kate and Don founded a web development company in 1996. In 2008, they joined forces with another couple who were also web entrepreneurs to form Sprocket Websites. Kate is the author of a biweekly email newsletter on Internet Marketing, and Sprocket Websites is an active member of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Kate is currently working on her next book of history, as well as contributing occasional articles to other publications and writing content for client websites.

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Kate's Brief History

Please check out my blog of short articles about local history posted monthly.

Kate's Brief History

Tips for Authors

Kate regularly writes about online marketing for Sprocket Websites, the web design company she runs with husband Don.  Since being an author today is not really different from being an entrepreneur with a small business, most of those tips are just as useful to authors. Kate also frequently writes about topics specific to authors, some of which are available here.