Shirley-Anne McMillan was born in Lisburn and now lives in South Down. She worked for several years as an English teacher and more recently has worked in Shimna Integrated College as an alternative chaplain, running a Gay Straight Alliance group and a Peace and Integration Group.

Shirley self-published her Young Adult novel, Widows’ Row as part of her Masters in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012, and in 2015 she signed a two-book deal with Atom Books. A Good Hiding is the first of these YA novels and is now available from online and traditional bookshops.

Shirley is represented by Jenny Savill of Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

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