Born and raised in Birmingham, Tina, who is of Chinese heritage, was adopted in 1985 to local couple Jean and Ronald Freeth, who influenced her Brummie sense of humour which often pervades her writing.                            

Tina began writing fiction in the 2006 after accepting a place on the Birmingham Libraries Original Skin Project. The result was the publication of her first piece of fiction 'Lychees and Bingo Balls' in an anthology of short fiction.

In January 2007, Tina passed the qualifying module of the new National Academy of Writing's diploma course which was based at Birmingham City  University. Along with sixteen other writers from all over the country (and even one from Berlin!) she began learning about the craft of writing. As her writing confidence grew, she began to dabble in other forms such as screenwriting and playwriting.

For Tina, writing about the lives of ordinary people she observes on a day-to-day basis has been the focal point of her work. Tina believes that everyday experiences hold a touch of the extraordinary within them and tries to capture that in her writing.

Tina's previous jobs have included working as a grants writer for various charities and she even had a short spell as a cleaner whilst studying her Masters in 2002. Tina believes that all experiences assist in giving a writer material for story ideas, she thinks that even cleaning toilets and sinks can be turned into a riveting narrative with a few well chosen words.

Despite having her roots in Birmingham, Tina has also lived in Berkeley, California and Taipei, both of which remain very close to her heart. In 2007, Tina began work on her memoir about her upbringing as a Chinese 'Brummie', but took a break from the writing world in 2010 to concentrate on her family.

She was lucky to have been the prose tutor at Arvon's Lumb Bank for the Chinese Writers' Project in 2010 and was a guest speaker there in 2012. Some of her students caught the writing bug and went on to do M.As in Writing.

Tina's ten minute play 'Insufficiently Yellow' was performed as part of Yellow Earth Theatre's Dim Sum Nights Tour at Ming Moon Restaurant in 2012. In 2014, Tina was interviewed as part of the Chinese Lives in Birmingham Project funded by the Heritage Lottery and volunteered as a storyteller during the launch of the project.  

Presently, Tina is one of the writers chosen for the Room 204 writer development scheme with Writing West Midlands and is hoping to complete a novel during the coming year.

Her favourite authors are Haruki Marakami, John Irving, Jane Austen and Jackie Kay.

Tina has two children, a partner from the same Spanish city as General Franco and used to have a cat called Mo, who decided to leave her after a ten year relationship...only the cat knows why she left. She also is training to be a yoga teacher.