Heather Cooper grew up in a small village in northern Lancashire, and was educated at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School and the University of Durham. She also studied at the London College of Printing, and subsequently worked at the Westerham Press; Faber & Faber; and for Eel Pie Publishing.
In 1981 Heather moved to the Isle of Wight, where her son and daughter were born. While living on the Island she has worked for the National Trust, in local government, and later in the NHS.
She now lives in Cowes with her partner.