Growing up on a farm in Tollesboro, Kentucky provided T. L. Cooper with a fertile place for her imagination to germinate. She wrote her first short story around age eight though she first started telling stories to save a groundhog that lived in her fatherís barn from being shot and to entertain her family a few years earlier. Weaving a story soon became the first love of her life and one that would last.
A desire to learn more about people and why they behave as they do led her to study Corrections and Juvenile Services as well as Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky where she earned a bachelor of science. While attending Eastern Kentucky University she began to cultivate her interest in racial relations as well as various cultures both within the United States and around the world. She also continued to write about things that mattered to her. During this time she met the man who would prove to be her soul mate.
After graduating and marrying, she moved to Lexington, Kentucky where she worked as a youth counselor and a project coordinator even as she continued to write poetry and short stories. While living in Columbus, Ohio, she began writing the first draft of the All She Ever Wanted while on a temp assignment and continued to write it while holding a position as a registrar assistant. Extensive travel within the United States as well as visits to Germany, England, Spain, France, Jordan, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai has provided her with rich opportunities to learn about different cultures, beliefs, and people. Currently, she lives in Albany, Oregon with her husband of seventeen years.
Developing a strong interest in contemporary social issues, T.L. Cooper continues to write short stories, poetry, and novels that address current issues with creativity, intelligence, and honesty.
Several of her poems have appeared in anthologies as well as online. Her short stories have appeared online. She published her first novel, All She Ever Wanted, in 2002. Articles have appeared in magazines including Idaho Magazine. Her short story, Fortress, won second place in the Professional Division of the Idaho Magazine 2005 Fiction Writing Contest. She contributed material from her experience marketing her first book to Book Marketing A to Z and Self-Promotion for Authors. Her poems appeared in several anthologies including Standing, Poetry by Idaho Women (2004 & 2005 editions) an anthology which benefits the Womenís and Childrenís Alliance in Boise, Idaho. Her essay, Common Values, tied for first place in the Be the Star You Are! 5th Annual Essay Contest in 2009. Her essay, The Gift of You, appears in the book, Be the Star You Are! for Teens.