Born in Chautaugua County, New York in 1933, Billie-Fae Gerard Gill was first published as a paid weekly columnist for the Erie Daily Times while still a high school student in Erie, Pennsylvania. At the age of 19, she worked for the Mutual Security Administration in Washington, D.C. as it executed the Marshall Plan’s European Reconstruction Program. She married a career NCO in the U.S. Army in 1952 and moved to occupied West Germany, the first of many military-dictated moves.
In 1980, after the youngest of her seven children began school, she became a non-traditional (meaning female) student of criminal justice. Billie-Fae received a BA, cum laude, from Pfeiffer University and was subsequently certified as a mediator by the State of North Carolina. She has trained scores of mediators and personally mediated hundreds of disputes. She established and directed the first mediation center in Iredell County, North Carolina, now in its 25th year.
In the 1950s Billie-Fae wrote a history column for a local newspaper and, later, book reviews for a county arts council. She has been a speechwriter, and has contributed to a major two-volume history of
Iredell County,North Carolina.
Billie-Fae currently has five books in various stages of completion, three expected to be published in 2013.