Heila has always been a detailed observer.  Growing up with two teachers for parents she traveled often and read much. As a military wife for 20+ years, there have been many opportunities to see different places and faces.  She and her family, which in addition to her husband includes one daughter and one son, have lived in Maryland, Nebraska, England, North Carolina, Colorado, and  The Lone Star State.  Moving often led her to develop an explorer's eye.  She enjoys discovering 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).

Heila is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.