I was born in Yorkshire in an era before mobile phones and social media. I’ve written on a freelance basis – on and off – for years while holding down a ‘proper job’.
I started writing under the name of Tessa Barrie when I was nineteen. I was writing for the local rag and didn’t want my mother to know that the slightly risqué weekly pieces originated from my keyboard.
During the Nineties, I took a creative writing break to write songs and to co-write my late stepfather’s autobiography, Brian Trubshaw – Test Pilot, under my own name.
I fell into blogging about eighteen years ago, blowing my own trumpet about my music, as well as waxing lyrical about other artists and bands. My blog site evolved into www.tessabarrielostblogs.com about seven years ago.
In June 2015, after a too long a break from writing fiction, I was fortunate enough to meet the late Barbara Large for the first time. She came over to Jersey (Channel Islands, UK) to host a writer’s weekend with Adrienne Dines, and between them, they kick-started my passion for creative writing.
One week after meeting Barbara and Adrienne, fate intervened. I was made redundant, which was the perfect ‘excuse’ to start writing my first pantser-style attempt at writing a novel, Just Say It. I’ve always believed that life is too short to be niche, and I hate being pigeonholed, but the bittersweet Just Say It would fall into the category of Women’s Fiction
The idea for my second attempt at a novel, An Honest Review, came from a short story which was long-listed early in 2019. It’s about a writers group somewhere in the Home Counties and, this time, I plotted it, and have surprised myself how quickly this murder mystery spoof has taken shape.
Do I have any goals for 2020? I only have one… to get into print.