Sheila Grau grew up in an old house that had a library with a secret closet built behind the bookshelves. She was able to tuck herself into that little nook to ponder life's mysteries, like how her mother knew she was dropping her broccoli to the dog at dinnertime. (Answer: The dog didn't like broccoli either, and spit it out on the floor). Through the years, one mystery in particular seemed to have no answer: Where do evil overlords get their minions? Unable to find an answer to that mystery, she thought it would be fun to make one up, and her debut middlegrade novel DR. CRITCHLORE'S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS will be published by Amulet Books/Abrams in March 2015. Kirkus Reviews says it's "a droll addition to the magical school genre, worthy of a seat toward the front of the (Harry) Potter-wagon."
Sheila currently lives in Northern California with her husband and four children and, sadly, no minions.