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 both worlds. This constant exposure served to fuel her love of storytelling, and thereby prompted her to write her first novel ‘Truth & Revenge’.
Truth & Revenge (Thriller)
When Thomas Feldman, inspired by his links with Italy, decided to start his Anglo-Italian marketing company in 1948 he was determined that nothing was going to prevent him from building a successful empire, not even the happiness of his son Daniel. Therefore, manipulated by Thomas, Daniel devotes his life to carrying on his father’s ruthless pursuit of power by expanding the business into a worldwide organisation. After ill health eventually forces Daniel to retire, his son Simon suddenly finds himself having to abandon his own plans and take over responsibility for the family empire. When Christina Newman, a young and ambitious university graduate, lands her first marketing job at the prestigious Mayfair office of Feldman & Son, as assistant to the enigmatic Simon Feldman, she believes she has found her perfect job. However, she is unaware of the family’s turbulent relationships with each other, or that Daniel Feldman harbours a troubled past, the result of which had led to tragic consequences. After meeting and falling for the charms of the mysterious Mark Dempster, who seems to have more than a passing interest in Daniel, Chris soon finds herself being caught up in a web of secrecy and revenge, as she soon discovers that Mark is not the only one interested in making Daniel Feldman atone for his past actions.