About Sheila…. sometimes known as Cecilia Peartree (my ‘cosy’ name).

I’ve been writing since I was 6 years old, although circumstances have often intervened over the years to stifle my muse. Fortuitously, around the time I realised life was too short not to try and fulfil your potential, Amazon invented ebooks and I was able to write more seriously and publish my novels.

I live in Edinburgh with my younger son and two cats. Jacques ‘the kitten’ is the younger cat but it’s a while since he was a kitten. Caspar is black and white, and makes a lot of noise.

Jacques on the conservatory roof

Jacques on the conservatory roof

I work in an art gallery, where I look after a database of works of art. During the rest of my time I write novels in several genres and chair a committee.

It has just occurred to me that perhaps people are wondering why I call my blog ‘McCallum Ogilvy’. These are two last names that run in my family and represent my mother’s side and my father’s side respectively. My middle name is McCallum and my late brother’s middle name was Ogilvy.

You can see us both as children in this picture, taken by my mother near Pitlochry.


Father and children waiting to be photographed.

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