Sheila (Smith) spent her first twenty years in North Bay Ontario and went on to a teaching career which took her to the Sudbury area, Whitby, and finally Owen Sound.
Here she met and married Carl Balls in 1971 and they raised two children, Michael born in 1974 and Catherine in 1976. Sheila wrote through all those years but began publishing material only when she retired from teaching.
Her first book of personal essays, Somebody Move the Cat, was accepted by The Brucedale Press, the first publisher she sent it to, and came out in 2003. In 2005 she self-published Our Side of the Fence while living on beautiful Bass Lake south of Wiarton. Carl and Sheila moved late in 2007 to Grey Highlands and then later on to Meaford.