Sheena grew up on her family farm in the north of Scotland, has a law degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and an MFA in Literature and Writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars, Vermont, US. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland and Edinburgh. Her two children have gone to university and beyond. Her short stories and novel extracts have appeared in Two Serious Ladies, Literary Orphans, The Southampton Review, Gutter Magazine, The Potomac Review and Inertia.

She is a 2018 Hawthornden Fellow and a 2019 Bookends Fellow

Her debut novel, In The Secret Places Of The Stairs, set on a Greek island and in a Scottish village, is forthcoming from Giulio Einaudi Editore (Italy).