Gloria has published poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and pedagogical articles for teachers. Her novel, The Killing Jar, based on the story of one of the youngest Americans to have served on death row, has garnered much attention in groups concerned with criminal justice and child welfare issues. She is a Red Cedar Writing Project Teacher-Consultant with an M.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Gloria remains close to her Italian heritage and expresses that connection in her cooking. She lives in Oxford Michigan with her horses, dogs, cats, and husband Mike.