Tanya Byrne was born in London and studied in Surrey, where she still lives with her cat who goes by several names, none of which he actually answers to. After eight years working for BBC radio, she left to write her debut novel, Heart-Shaped Bruise, which was published in 2012. She has a weakness for boys with guitars, drinks far too much tea and, even though her mother tells her not to, she always talks to strangers.
Follow Me Down was published in 2013, and Tanya's third novel, For Holly, was published in 2015. She was included in the 2017 poetry and fiction collection A Change is Gonna Come, and was also one of the seven authors of Floored, a collaborative novel published in 2018. Tanya has also written for the Guardian and The Pool.