Sheila Webster Boneham writes fiction and nonfiction, much of it focused on animals, nature, and travel. Although best known for her writing about dogs and cats for the past fifteen years, Sheila also writes fiction, narrative nonfiction, and poetry. She is currently working on a series of essays about traveling the U.S. by train, and on a book-length meditation on the human-canine connection, as well as a new novel. Sheila teaches writing workshops and classes, and often speaks about writing, creativity, and related topics.
Sheila's mystery novel Drop Dead on Recall (Midnight Ink, 2012) was named on the Top Ten Dog Books of 2012 by NBC Petside. The sequel, The Money Bird, was released in August 2013. Six of Sheila’s non-fiction books have been named best in their categories in the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the Cat Writers Association (CWA) annual competitions, and two of her other books and a short story have been finalists in the annual competitions. Her book Rescue Matters! How to Find, Foster, and Rehome Companion Animals (Alpine, 2009) has been called a "must read" for anyone involved with animal rescue.
Sheila also paints, primarily in watercolor and colored pencil and occasionally in oil. She finds that painting and writing inspire one another.
Animals have always been part of Sheila's life. In her teens and twenties she showed horses, and for the past two decades she has been active showing her Australian Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers in various canine sports. She has also bred top-winning Aussies, and founded rescue groups for Aussies and Labs.
Sheila holds a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast MFA Program/University of Southern Maine, and a Ph.D. degree in folklore from Indiana University. She has taught writing, folklore, and literature in the U.S. and the Middle East. She is a member of the Associated Writing Programs, the North Carolina Writers Network, and several other professional organizations.
Sheila and her husband and dogs have enjoyed getting to know different parts of the U.S. over the past few years. They currently live in Wilmington, North Carolina.