Marie-Noëlle Gay lived in Normandy during her childhood where she survived WWII, D-Day, and the Battle. As such, and because of the connection between the English Crown and the Duchy, she bears a particular interest in history. Gay was educated in France, Ireland, and the U.S. She holds a B.A. from Indiana University-Herron Art, two M.A.'s from the University of Louisville, in creative writing, and in French for which she defended a thesis on Simone de Beauvoir. Much of Gay's writing is about the constrictions and possibilities in the lives of women. Her work has been published in Forum, Tropos, West Virginia University Philological Papers, Kentucky Poetry Review, Kentucky Writing, Pegasus, Louisville Courier-Journal, Writers' Corner Magazine, American Jones, and THEMA.