Kay grew up in England and moved to Canada with her parents as a teenager. Shortly after arriving in B.C. she met her husband, then serving in the Canadian navy, in the unromantic setting of a dog club banquet. Following marriage, she and her husband lived in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay before moving to Vancouver where they now make their home. They have two grown sons, and at various times have co-habited, more or less willingly, with dogs, hamsters, gerbils, rats and ferrets.
Over the years Kay has had more jobs than she can count, many of which have provided invaluable background for her stories. Now the author of over 40 books, novellas and short stories, Kay says, “Writing is definitely the best job I’ve ever had, and it’s one I don’t plan to change.”