Sheila has been an active blogger for 9 years and uses her humorist tendencies to enrich storytelling that is reminiscent of other Texas women of the past including her grandmother on her daddy’s side. She has an international following of readers in cyberspace.
Her most recent book, Southern Perspectives of the Queer Movement: Committed to Home has just been released by the University of South Carolina Press in December, 2017. The book is a collection of intimate first-person stories of South Carolina leaders of the queer movement from the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s to marriage equality in November, 2014. These ordinary people became extraordinary as they faced a challenging climate in a rural hostile state and altered the course of history in that state forever. It is a must read for anyone interested in how the South began to organize a grass roots movement for social justice.
The Short Side of Time, released in 2015, is a collection of favorite posts from the I’ll Call It blog and was a finalist in the Golden Crown Literary Society awards in 2016. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing, was published in the fall of 2007 and won a 2008 Golden Crown Literary Society Award in nonfiction. This book was published as an audio recording in 2008 with the author reading an unabridged text, and the two people who bought a copy gave it rave reviews.
Her second book, Not Quite the Same, and her third book, I’ll Call It Like I See It: A Lesbian Speaks Out were both finalists for the GCLS awards in nonfiction in 2010 and 2013, respectively. Her first three books were accepted by the South Carolina Book Festival and Sheila read and presented on panels for the 2008, 2010 and 2013 Book Festivals in Columbia. She also participated on a panel for the 2013 GCLS conference in Dallas.
Her short story The Gods are Stacked Against Us was a finalist at the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans. Her story was included in the anthology Saints and Sinners New Fiction 2017 launched during the festival. Sheila participated and did a reading during the event.
Two of her essays were included in the anthology Out Loud – The Best of Rainbow Radio which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2011.
Sheila has a Texas tale included in Cowboys, Cops, Killers, and Ghosts which is the 2013 anthology published by the Texas Folklore Society and a short story published in the September, 2013 issue of the Storyteller magazine. She was a judge for the 2014 Petigrue Review short stories.
Note: Deep in the Heart and Not Quite the Same are no longer available here. I’ll Call It, Short Side of Time, and audio of Deep in the Heart can be ordered via Sheila’s Amazon site or by contacting her directly at email@example.com.