About the Author

Sheila Coral Grimes was born and reared in the European quarter of Alexandria (Camp Cesar), Egypt. At age eighteen, she married a United States Foreign Service Officer.

Ms. Grimes is fluent in seven languages, and as a Foreign Service spouse, served as diplomatic interpreter and French instructor in the USA and abroad.

She is a professional concert pianist and has performed with orchestras internationally, notably at Salle Gaveau (Paris, France), and as a soloist in the USA. She founded the chamber music group Les Amis de Mozart in l984. She enjoys oil painting and writing and is a proud mother of three, grandmother of eight, and great-grandmother of two. Currently, she enjoys retirement with her husband in Arlington, Virginia, and still performs solo concerts in the Greater Washington, DC, area.