'First, find out what your hero wants. Then just follow him.'
Sheila says she really identifies with this quote by author Ray Bradbury. Plots, chapter outlines, characterization; she knows all the rules and faithfully follows them each time she starts to write a new story. Then the hero takes over and she follows him instead.
She started writing when her children were small, fitting it in around nap time and school pick up. This was in the 1980s. She had a number of books published over several years, but then life got in the way, and before she knew it she had turned her back on the characters who were begging to be liberated from her imagination, and stopped writing.
Now, many years and a career in health and education later, she is back to writing fiction again, and loving it. She is also enjoying her growing reputation as a slightly eccentric senior who doesn't know when to bow out!
Although her family remains central to her life, she still finds the time to travel, and many of the places she has visited feature in her books. Cruising through New Zealand’s fjords, visiting Paris, seeing the glory of Florence, enjoying the everlasting sunshine of the Canary Islands: eventually all of her experiences find their way into her stories. Reading them is like buying a ticket to romance.
Sheila’s early books were published under the pseudonym Anne Beverley. Now that she is considerably older and no longer shy, she writes under her own name.