Tanya Heaslip is an Australian author based in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. She was raised on a cattle station north of Alice Springs during the 1960s and 1970s. Tanya learnt about the outside world through correspondence and School of the Air. She spent many hours dreaming of the overseas lands depicted in her childhood story books. Tanya went on to become a lawyer but never stopped dreaming. This led her to the Czech Republic to teach English in 1994, four years after the Berlin Wall fell.
Returning to Australia some years later, Tanya wrote about her experiences and love for the Czech Republic. Practising law and finalising her memoir over many years has been a journey for Tanya, who now lives back in Alice with her husband. She is currently writing a new work about her childhood in outback Australia, a place for many Australians that is as foreign and exotic as the Czech Republic.