The Professional Stuff:
Represented by Amanda Leuck of Spencerhill Associates.
Shaila graduated with a degree in pharmacy, but after several years, switched careers and now manages her family business. Since her time in college, she has dabbled in poetry, technical writing, and literary fiction. She is currently working on a multicultural teen paranormal romance series and a multicultural new adult contemporary romance.
The Personal Stuff:
If I had a theme song, I'd have to say Priscilla Ahn's "Dream" fits the bill.
"I was a little girl
Alone in my little world
Who dreamed of a little home for me."
I fell in love the first time I wrote a story. That moment earned its very own spot on my life's timeline – right between moving to Jacksonville, Florida, and my sister being born. Written in pencil by my fourth-grade hand – and on several pages of wide-rule paper, no less – my island-treasure adventure was born.
(Thank you, Ms. Galloway!)
I had a love-hate relationship with my copy of Cinderella back then. It was one of those Golden Books we read as kids. Remember those? It killed me that it was so short. I didn't want the fairy tale to end – like ever. Would it have killed them to write an epilogue?
After playing around in other genres, my love for happily-ever-afters led me to writing romance in 2013. It was a duh moment deserving of another spot on my timeline. Now I write my own epilogues, and I'm loving every minute of it.
"I had a dream
That I could fly
From the highest swing.
I had a dream."
And one day when I'm old and gray(er) and have shelves of books written by me (fingers crossed!), I hope to remember Priscilla Ahn's words:
"I don't know what's left to say
About this life I'm willing to leave.
I lived it full and I lived it well,
There's many tales I've lived to tell."
So, welcome to my journey. The writers, readers, and publishing professionals I've been lucky enough to become involved with have been an amazing network of support, inspiration, and motivation.
For more information about what I write, please visit my Books page.