Heila (Hi-la)'s love for art and the magic of words started in childhood. She grew up regularly visiting the library and on frequent camping trips all over the U.S. Reading, writing, noticing and drawing from the back of a station wagon on the way to visit many state and national parks. Then as a military wife for 20+ years, she and her family lived in Maryland, Nebraska, England, North Carolina, Colorado and Texas.  Moving often as an adult, led her to further develop an explorer's eye.  She enjoys making connections and meeting new and different (but the same!) people. Heila holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Language Arts from the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley); and a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (Norfolk, UK). Heila is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.