Kate Barlow spent her childhood at Agapemone in Spaxton, Somerset, England. She served in the Women's Royal Air Force in the early 1960s where she attained the rank of Flying Officer — a bit of misnomer as she says women were not allowed to fly back then. They also had to leave the forces once they were married, so in 1965 she left the WRAF. Ms. Barlow raised two sons and waited until coming to Canada to embark on a new career in journalism. She studied at Sheridan College in the early 1980s, going on to a rewarding career as a reporter with the Hamilton Spectator Ms. Barlow says it was the kind of career she had always wanted. "I remember wanting to be a newspaper reporter when I was about 16 — was it seeing the press posse waiting outside the gates of the A after my grandmother died? Probably, as I can still remember my fascination with the press appearance." Kate Barlow now lives in Oakville, Ontario. Abode of Love is her first book.