Teresa Ransom trained first as an occupational therapist in Oxford, England, later travelling to Hamilton in Canada where she worked in a Rehabilitation Centre.
Australia was the next destination, to Sydney where after a few years she decided to switch jobs and train as an actor at the Sydney Acting School. This led to several years working in Television, mainly in soap operas, plus stage work in various fringe theatres with occasional Direction and set design.
When in the early 1900s, a small booklet extolling the virtues of the Villa Trollope in Florence, was found tucked into some old family papers, a new search began for the then little known Fanny Trollope, mother of Anthony. This began a new career in writing.
Fanny Trollope, A Remarkable Life, published 1995 was short-listed for the non-fiction prize at the Adelaide Writers Festival. The book charts the astonishing life of the intrepid Mrs Trollope to America and back, and her subsequent controversial life as an acclaimed author and sole breadwinner for the family.
The next book, The Mysterious Miss Marie Corelli followed in 1999, discussing the elusive life of a woman who invented her name, her past and her age to become one of the first best sellers of supernatural fiction in the late 1800s.
Madame Tussaud, A Life and a Time, 2003, looks into the little known background of the famous wax modeller. She survived the French Revolution and became an itinerant show woman showing her wares around England and Ireland before finally settling in London.
Prunella, the Authorized biography, 2005 was written in collaboration with Prunella Scales. It shows how she rose from beginnings in Repertory theatre to become one of the best loved actresses.