Popular British romance novelist who wrote under many pseudonyms, including Charlotte Lamb, Victoria Wolf, Sheila Lancaster, and Laura Hardy. She is known for her Sins series and her Barbary Wharf books.
She was born Sheila Ann Mary Coates in Essex, England. She published her debut novel, Prisoner of the Heart, in 1972.
Her final novel, The Angel of Death, was published posthumously.
With her husband, writer and editor Richard Holland, she had five children. Two of her daughters, Sarah and Jane Holland, also became writers.
She and fellow English writer Susan Morgan both published romance novels under pseudonyms.