Pia Christina Tapper was born in England, UK, daugther of Kenneth Tapper, an English, and a Swedish mother. She brought up in Sweden, until at sixteen her family moved to Japan, because her father had obtained a job in Tokyo. Married with Richard Fenton, had two children, she lives between London and Herefordshire.
She signs her novels as Christina Courtenay. She won the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy for a historical short story in 2001 and the Katie Fforde Bursary for a promising new writer in 2006. Her short story was published in ‘Solander’, the magazine of the Historical Novel Society. In 2011, her first published novel Trade Winds was short listed for the RNA's Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, won the Big Red Reads Best Historical Fiction Award. In 2012 Highland Storms won the Best Historical Romantic Novel of the year award and her fourth novel, The Silent Touch of Shadows, won the Best Historical Read Award from the Festival of Romance.
Pia Fenton is a committee member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and she was elected its twenty-sixth chairman (2013–2015). She is also a member of the Society of Genealogists and the Guild of One Name Studies. When she's not writing, she spends her time tracking down elusive ancestors for her family tree, and her other hobbies include archaeology (the armchair variety), listening to loud rock music and collecting things.