Shirley-Anne McMillan was born in 1975 in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. She has studied at Queen’s University, Belfast and Manchester Metropolitan University. Shirley-Anne writes stories for children and young adults, and she has written and performed with Belfast-based arts collective, Ikon, for several years. She lives in South Down where she spends her time as a writer and schools worker.
Aimed at young adults, Widows' Row tells the story of Lila, a misfit from a small town in Northern Ireland who dreams of a life beyond caring for her ill father. Lila's life is changed when she meets a strange girl who claims to have healing powers, an event soon followed by a dangerous rescue attempt when the pair attempt to save the most popular boy in school from drowning.