Gayle Kloecker grew up in Erie, Pensylvaina, daughter of Renee and Francis Kloecker. In the college, she started to study engineering, but she left it. She married James Callen, and they had three children: Jim, Michelle, and Laura. The family resides in a suburb of Central New York.She needed 13 years to sell her first novel in 1999. Named the "Notable New Author of 1999," Gayle has also won the Holt Medallion and the Laurel Wreath Award, and finaled in the National Readers Choice Awards. A past President of the Central New York Romance Writers, she is also a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and Novelists Inc. She wrote also under the pseudoyms of Julia Latham and Emma Cane. Besides writing, she loves to read, sing, crochet, and delve too deeply into historical research.