Teresa Präauer was born in Linz and grew up in Graz and St. Johann im Pongau District.From 1997 to 2003 she studied German studies at the University of Salzburg and the Humboldt University of Berlin as well as painting at the Mozarteum Salzburg. From 2003 she lived and worked in Vienna,where she studied as a postgraduate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 2004 to 2005. For her first novel titled, For the Ruler from Overseas, Präauer was awarded the aspects literature prize of ZDF for the best German-language prose debut. In 2015 she received the Friedrich-Hölderlin-Preis of the city of Bad Homburg for Johnny and Jean and was nominated for the prize of the Leipzig Book Fair. Teresa Präauer was nominated for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize at the Days of German Literature in 2015.