Right from childhood, Sheila has always been a prolific reader. Never happier than when immersed in a book, she soon demonstrated her literary passion by writing short stories as part of her English Literature projects at school. This talent was recognised by her teachers and actively encouraged. During her education at Bexley Technical High School for Girls – in Bexleyheath, Kent – Sheila also discovered she had a gift for art and design and, faced with the choice of two career paths, went on to complete a 4-year course in Graphic Design at Medway College of Art and Design in Chatham, Kent (now the University of Creative Arts). However, she still maintained her passion for reading and writing. After graduating from college, Sheila worked as a graphic designer for two mail order companies, designing and producing their catalogues. She then worked for several years as a graphic designer and production manager for a magazine publisher, producing a weekly trade journal, as well as various other publications, for them. During that time she also assisted their PR and marketing department, designing exhibition stands for various clients, as well as producing their literature. Being involved in the publishing industry meant working closely with journalists and, therefore, the written word, enabling Sheila to obtain the best of best worlds. This constant exposure served to fuel her love of storytelling, and thereby prompted her to write her first novel ‘Truth & Revenge’.