Heila (Hi-la) has always been a detailed observer with a steady love for art and the magic of words.  She grew up on frequent camping trips all over the U.S. -- reading and noticing from the back of a station wagon and in an extraordinary number of state and national parks. 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 develop an explorer's eye.  She enjoys making connections in new cities 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.