Gay began her career at the age of eight writing a story about a jewelry heist in the African jungle. Always fascinated by language and her own imagination, Gay later pursued studies in English literature, graduating from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and Lehigh University with both a Masters Degree and Ph.D. in English. She taught high school English for many years and went on to teach English composition and world literature at local colleges. But her most personally satisfying accomplishment was seeing her books about her adventures doctoring large and exotic animals--buffalo, horses, deer, cows, monkeys, tigers, and others--come to life in Touched By All Creatures: Doctoring Animals In The Pennsylvania Dutch Country (New Horizon Press, 1999), Lowell: The True Story Of An Existential Pig (New Horizon Press, 2000), and Lions & Tigers & Mares-Oh, My! (White Glove Press, 2015).
Gay won first place in the National Writers' Nonfiction Contest for There's A Bear In The Basement (White Glove Press, 2015). She has been a member of The Author's Guild since 1981 and was invited to speak to members of the Lehigh Valley Writer's Guild in 2000.
The author enjoys promoting her books locally and statewide, and expects to promote her next books, The Celebrated Pet: How Americans Memorialize Their Animal Friends, The Summer of Rustle, and The Companion Pig, nationally. She speaks about her adventures with animals to groups ranging from chapters of the American Kennel Club to attendees of the annual Horse World Expo in Harrisburg, PA, and to members of the local humane society, Community College groups, and library clubs. Billed as ". . . a worthy successor to James Herriot" by Midwest Book Review, she has also been interviewed by Fox News and has appeared on several other radio and TV programs as well as NPR in Philadelphia.