Heather Cooper grew up in the north of England. She attended Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, and then read English Literature at Durham University. She completed a Diploma in Printing Studies before going on to work at Faber & Faber, print buying as Assistant to the Jacket Designer. She has fond memories of corresponding with writers such as PD James, Seamus Heaney and William Golding about their latest book covers. Heather later worked for the National Trust and latterly for the NHS in teaching, education and development. She has two grown-up children, two grandchildren and lives on the Isle of Wight – where Stealing Roses is set – with her partner. Her interests include walking, history, art, and railways.