Sheila Bugler

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Sheila Bugler

Sheila Bugler grew up in a small town in the west of Ireland. After studying Psychology at University College Galway (now called NUI Galway) she left Ireland and worked as an English language teacher in Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and Argentina.

She eventually settled in London and tried out a number of different careers before realising what she really wanted to do was write crime fiction. She started writing 13 years ago, after her second child was born, and hasn’t looked back since.

In 2008, she won a year’s mentoring with crime writer, Martyn Waites. This kick-started her writing career and helped shape her first novel, which was eventually published as Hunting Shadows, featuring DI Ellen Kelly. This was the first in a series of novels, all based in South East London, an area Sheila knows and loves.

She now lives in Eastbourne, on the beautiful East Sussex coast. Eastbourne is the location for her series of crime novels featuring investigative journalist Dee Doran.

She is married with two children. When she’s not writing, she loves walking, reading, going to the cinema and eating out. She has recently started running and takes part in her local Parkrun each week. She runs with her husband and daughter, who are a lot faster than she is – but she’s determined to beat them one day!

Interviewed 13 June 2020

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Tried every job under the sun before I started writing.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

My garden, my son’s laptop, my daughter’s school work, my husband’s vast CD collection, my dog, my beautiful cactus plants, paintings from my parents’ house, higgledy piggledy piles of books, antique candelabra.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Pasta, garlic, olives, anchovies and olive oil. Cook the pasta, drain it, mix in the other ingredients, sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Dolly Parton
Jameela Jamil
Johnny Cash
Leonard Cohen
Bruce Springsteen
Ruby Cahill (my daughter)
Luke Cahill (my son)

Six things you can't live without ...

White wine
Laptop (for writing)
The sea
Asthma inhaler

Five favourite words ...


Four places you'd run away to ...

Northern California
Zion National Park

Three books you've bought recently ...

The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V Higgins
The Smiling Man by Joseph Knox
The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr

Two things that make you rant ...

People who know nothing about mental illness but think that they do.
Bad manners.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

You are so much stronger than you realise. Life is going to throw a lot of challenges your way, but you’ll be okay. You can deal with it all.