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 divides her time between Baltimore, Maryland and Edinburgh, Scotland. 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.
Her short story ‘They Will Come No More, The Old Men With Their Beautiful Manners’ was chosen by Ian Rankin for 2nd prize in the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2022.
In 2018 she was a Hawthornden Fellow and in 2018/2019 she was a Bookends Fellow, during which she worked on her manuscript A TENDER HATE with mentor Meg Wolitzer.
She is studying for an MA in Crime Writing at UEA.