Téa spent the first twenty years of her life wading through slush with a nose that rivalled Rudolph’s, dreaming of Christmas on the beach. Those dreams didn’t come true until she finally arrived in Australia on 23rd December, at the ripe old age of 24, with 40 cents in her pocket and a handful of addresses. Luckily she struck gold and on December 25th she found myself on Chinaman’s Beach with an esky full of prawns, mangoes and champagne and a group of people she’s still lucky enough to count as friends … it was her idea of heaven and suffice to say, she’s never lived in England again.
She writes Australian contemporary and 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 really 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 novels are published by by Harper Collins HQ Fiction, MIRA and Escape Publishing.