T.P. Tovenaar was born in London, England, to Sri Lankan parents. Educated in the UK, she spent most of her adult life working in the arts and media industry before moving to Sri Lanka to learn about her heritage and spend time with her family.
Inspired by her time in Sri Lanka, her writing mainly focuses on female fiction. As a writer dividing her time between the UK, Sri Lanka and the US, Tovenaar is particularly interested in how cultures and identities are used to tell stories and define people.