Sheila Athens writes smart fiction set where the South meets the Sunshine state. Her stories are about women seeking to find the peace we all deserve—whether they’re battling an external foe or an internal one (or both). Readers are drawn to her work because they believe that everyday heroes can make a difference in our world.

After growing up in the Ozarks, she moved—sight unseen—to Northeast Florida with the man who would eventually become her husband. Thirty-five years later, she’s still on the shores of the Atlantic, grateful her two grown sons and their families live nearby.

She spent three decades in corporate America, most of it as a vice president of human resources. Though she did recruiting, training, and all the other disciplines of the field, she loved the employee relations aspect the most. It gave her a front row seat to the study of human nature, which is great fodder for a writer.

She’s a feminist, a lover of nature, a writer hiker, and an audiobook enthusiast. Her late husband did all the cooking at their house, so she’s having a fun time teaching herself how to cook.

Sheila now has two natural states: Talking books with readers and other writers OR staying firmly ensconced in her quiet little lair, where she reads, writes and communes with the ducks who live on the lake right off her back porch.