Sheila was born in the East End of London, grew up with her three brothers and one sister. She had a happy normal childhood with two loving parents.
Married and pregnant at the age of 17; her life changed when her son died at the age of one week. She went on to have another son, her marriage ended shortly after and she struggled as a single parent for many years.
Her life experiences made her more aware of the hardships that many face and she found writing her books a way putting into words what she was feeling inside and closure.