STORYTELLER, WRITER, MUSEUM FANATIC
The short version…
Tea Cooper is an award winning Australian author of historical fiction. In a past life she was a teacher, a journalist and a farmer. These days she haunts museums and indulges her passion for storytelling.
She is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Horse Thief, The Cedar Cutter, The Currency Lass, The Naturalist’s Daughter and The Woman in the Green Dress. Her next book, The Girl in the Painting, will be in the shops in time for Christmas (16th December 2019). She is currently working on her 2020 story, The Cartographer’s Secret.
The longer version…
Téa is an award winning, bestselling author of Australian historical fiction. In a past life she was a teacher, a journalist and a farmer. These days she haunts museums and indulges her passion for storytelling.
She always knew one day she would write a novel. It all began with a rather risqué story in the back of an exercise book at boarding school featuring the long-suffering gardener- not the ideal romantic hero but it was before she knew any better.
Life and a few real heroes showed her the error of her ways and with a husband, a baby tucked under one arm and a half-built house she entered a Mills and Boon writing competition. To her earth-shattering amazement she won second place – the prize was a bottle of perfume. Next time she was determined to do better.
Writing remained the stuff of fantasy. Her family, a herd of alpacas, a protea farm and a full time teaching job intervened until one day she decided it was time to do or die. No more procrastination. The characters and plots that had lived in her head for so long were clamouring to escape.
In August 2011 Tea joined Romance Writers of Australia and her debut novel Tree Change was published in November 2012. She has since written several other Australian rural stories both contemporary and historical. Her historical fiction is published by Harper Collins HQ Fiction, MIRA and Escape Publishing.
The Currency Lass 2017
2017 Australian Romance Readers Finalist Historical Romance
Koru-Award of Excellence. Long Romance Book of the Year 2018
Koru-Award of Excellence. Overall Best Book 2018
The Cedar Cutter 2016
The Horse Thief 2015
9th highest selling debut fiction title by an Australian writer in 2015
2015 Australian Romance Readers Favourite Cover
2015 Australian Romance Readers Finalist