Born and raised in Alberta, Hooper moved to England in 2004 after completing her B.A. in music and writing at the University of Alberta. She completed an M.A. in creative writing at Bath Spa University before undertaking a Ph.D. in creative and critical writing at the University of East Anglia, which she completed in 2010. She subsequently taught at Bath Spa University. Her debut novel Etta and Otto and Russell and James was published in 2015, and was a shortlisted finalist for the amazon.ca First Novel Award. Our Homesick Songs followed in 2018.
- Etta and Otto and Russell and James (2015)
- Our Homesick Songs (2018)
- "How a move to England helped Emma Hooper write about Saskatchewan". The Globe and Mail, February 22, 2015.
- "Esi Edugyan, Patrick deWitt, Tanya Tagaq among 12 authors longlisted for 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize". CBC Books, September 17, 2018.
- "Creative Writing News". University of East Anglia. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
- "Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper – fairytale friendships and the great outdoors". The Guardian, January 29, 2015.
- "Alix Hawley's All True Not A Lie In It wins Amazon.ca First Novel Award". The Globe and Mail. May 21, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
- "Emma Hooper’s book about Newfoundland, Our Homesick Songs, is ‘lovely and lyrical’". Toronto Star, August 3, 2018.