Sheila Bali was born in Budapest, Hungary, when Hungary was
ruled by the iron grip of post World War II Russian communism.
At the age of seven, Sheila and her family were forced to flee
for their lives, narrowly escaping the murderous 1956 revolution
against the Russian occupying forces. As a refugee, she
experienced a time of frightening insecurity until she finally
immigrated to Canada. There, she lived most of her life in
Montreal, and speaks multiple languages: English, French and
Hungarian. She received a fine arts degree from Concordia
University, and went on to pursue further studies in art
education and special education at McGill University.
The urge to write came to Sheila after her mother passed
away. At first, she wanted to tell her mother's life story.
Later, when her friends and husband encouraged her to write
about her own dramatic exodus from Hungary, the writing urge
turned into a passion. In her first book, Sheila draws from her
life experiences, coloring them with imagination until they
become a beautiful painting of words.
Sheila has exhibited and sold her paintings in Montreal and
has taught special education classes. She started up and ran a
successful nationwide specialty cut-flower business. She lives
with her husband and two dogs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sheila has two wonderful children and two handsome grandsons.