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Tessa Barrie, is the alter ego of Sally Edmondson, or is it the other way around?. She was born in Yorkshire on the UK Mainland and now lives on the British Channel Island of Jersey, where she blogs at My Alter Ego and Me. Her debut novel, Just Say It, a bittersweet family saga, was published on Amazon on June 4th 2021.
2021-07-14 08:03
THE OFFICIAL BOOK TRAILER FOR THE DEBUT NOVEL BY Tessa Barrie, JUST SAY IT! GRAB A COPY ON AMAZON NOW! The post THE OFFICIAL BOOK TRAILER FOR JUST SAY IT! first appeared on www.tessabarrie… Read More
2021-06-09 08:30
It's been two years since I visited the country my heart chose as its second home. So, when Gov.uk's travel traffic lights status turned to green for go on 7th May 2021, I couldn't wait to b… Read More
2021-06-09 08:30
It's been two years since I visited the country my heart chose as its second home. So, when Gov.uk's travel traffic lights status turned to green for go on 7th May 2021, I couldn't wait to b… Read More
2021-06-07 09:29
Sleepless nights.  We all have 'em, some more than others and I live with them on a nightly basis. My body clock has been out of whack for years and during those dark times staring at t… Read More
2021-06-07 09:29
Sleepless nights.  We all have 'em, some more than others and I live with them on a nightly basis. My body clock has been out of whack for years and during those dark times staring at t… Read More
2021-06-06 11:52
Seeing my first novel in print, has lived up to all expectations, it is a euphoric moment in my writing life, but I couldn't have done it without... The post JUST SAY IT – AVAILAB… Read More
2021-05-19 21:08
It’s been a long time coming, but here is the official cover reveal for my first novel, Just Say It, will be available on Amazon soon. I would like to thank members of the Jersey Write… Read More
2021-03-17 16:25
The growing pains of a virgin novelist are real.  It will be six years at the end of June since I started writing my first novel. At various intervals during that time, I celebrated rea… Read More
2021-03-17 08:47
I'm not sure when your dotage is supposed officially supposed to start, but I fear the tell-tale signs have been around for a while now.  Just small things. The post The… Read More
2021-02-15 14:20
There is always a great deal going on inside my head at the same time as I bounce ideas off each other. Too many, on occasions. I flit and float from one thought to the next, so pe… Read More
2021-01-28 09:43
I like Beryl too, she is always upbeat, and we go way back. She teaches PE at Didsbrook's secondary school, including me for seven years. I thought she was a bit long in the tooth for the jo… Read More
2021-01-27 13:32
A chick, in my book, is a baby chicken covered in downy, yellow feathers up until the age of  6-weeks.   I've always bristled when the term is applied to young women, and I have al… Read More
2021-01-26 16:31
Following the joyful inauguration of the 46th U.S. President, Joe Biden, hundreds and thousands of overlayed images of Bernie Sanders started appearing everywhere, ridiculing the mitten… Read More
2020-12-29 15:20
I dare to dream about spending time with the people I care about, without being 2 meters apart. I dare to dream about going out for a meal, or to the theatre - how I've missed the smell of t… Read More
2020-12-28 17:03
I imagine walking down the usually buzzing main shopping street, with the theme from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly ringing in my ears. The only other sound is my boots connecting… Read More
2020-12-24 10:46
I started off December 2020 in a bah humbug state of mind.  Now, here were are on Christmas Eve and my mental state hasn’t improved.  Two days ago, I rearranged the sitting r… Read More
2020-12-23 15:31
Jack is the love of my protagonist, Lisa Grant's, life.  He always has been, but they split up when Lisa was twenty-two after Jack proposed. Lisa had panicked, turning him down for a mu… Read More
2020-12-13 22:55
My mother and I were never close. There has never been an unshakable emotional bond between us. No invisible strand that binds a mother to her child, post umbilical tie. Even as a child, I f… Read More
2020-12-10 18:08
I was delighted to be a contributor for Jersey Life‘s December 2020/January 2021 edition. My brief was to write an article on the benefits of writing for mental health and ge… Read More
2020-11-26 11:23
It does bother me that I spend everyday writing, but never allow myself time to sit and read a book these days.  But, I have decided to stop beating myself up about it because I do rea… Read More
2020-11-15 11:09
A chick, in my book, is a baby chicken covered in downy, yellow feathers up until the age of  6-weeks.   I've always bristled when the term is applied to young women, and I have al… Read More
2020-11-08 17:39
I have never been so emotionally involved in an American Presidential Election in my life but, since last Tuesday, I have been glued, as America's future teetered on a knife-edge, and I'm no… Read More
2020-11-08 12:32
You’ll have written the synopsis, well, you have written hundreds of different versions of the damn thing which you don't think does your story justice, but you pick what you thin… Read More
2020-11-03 10:13
As the world prepares themselves to face another major battle against the invisible killer, COVID-19, we all anxiously await the results of today’s US election, while willing Biden to… Read More
2020-10-27 13:51
As I am about to start submissions, I hope this one doesn't come back to bite me! I wrote this doggerel getting on for thirty years ago. It was inspired by an experience I had at sixteen wh… Read More
2020-10-26 15:35
It’s done.  After putting off what I hope will be the final revisions, I printed off the manuscript yesterday.  I feel drained, emotionally and physically, so off to a QiGong… Read More
2020-10-18 10:22
THE EDITING NIGHTMARE – THE END! Well, all bar the kicking, screaming and the next wave of submissions. Or should that be the other way around? The post IT'S GOT TO BE DONE: THE FINAL… Read More
2020-10-16 06:47
I have been pussyfooting around the final edit since the beginning of September 2020. After receiving amazing feedback for Say it, I’ve been putting off restructuring the final dr… Read More
2020-10-10 08:57
At the age of fifteen, Lisa believed she was going to be a one-woman equivalent of Rodgers and Hammerstein II and mounted a production of her first musical.   The post OUTTAKE… Read More
2020-10-08 16:25
Capturing the essence of a 90,000 words (±) novel is a bloody nightmare. We spend weeks, months and years, scripting stories, creating characters, in 500; is a bloody nightmare… Read More
2020-10-01 08:02
The One is a 1454 word short story about a woman whose previous partner left her for another woman but finds happiness with Jack, who loves her unconditionally. The post SHORT STORY: THE ON… Read More
2020-09-19 10:19
  Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you. Ruth Bader Ginsburg 15th March 1933 – 18th September 2020 The post In Memory… Read More
2020-09-13 07:30
I first became aware of Gerald Durrell when someone gave me a copy of one of his books. After reading that book, My Family and Other Animals, I learned that Gerald Durrell&nbs&hell…Read More
2020-08-30 10:44
This is the bittersweet story of the first four decades of Lisa Grant's life. Growing up with her narcissist mother, Elizabeth, has a knock-on effect in her adult life. When she finds out th… Read More
2020-08-25 10:00
The Secret Lives of The Doyenne of Didsbrook is a murder mystery spoof. The sleepy market town of Didsbrook is thrown into turmoil after the town’s most flamboyant resident, the much… Read More
2020-08-23 08:14
By 1997, Lisa had reached the pinnacle of her career.  She had worked hard to reach the top of her tree, but her private life had suffered as a result.  During the months after Ror… Read More
2020-08-19 22:34
The first time they set foot on the parched earth of their new home and future source of income, it came as a shock. Dropped by taxi during the late afternoon, they stood like a pair of refu… Read More
2020-08-14 11:27
When It's time for a change, you instinctively know the time is right.  Lockdown concentrated our minds, as dedicated health workers around the world became frontline soldiers in the wa… Read More
2020-08-01 19:32
Last week, my GP told me I had high cholesterol.  For those of you who don't know the implications of having high cholesterol, it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. It was th… Read More
2020-07-28 09:30
Stone Angel is a short story inspired by a photographic writing prompt for a twenty-minute writing sprint while in the virtual company of Lorna Fergusson of Fictionfire.co.uk Read More
2020-07-18 14:57
Yesterday, was the dismal end to a shitty writing week, which left me teetering on the edge.  Do I really have what it takes to become a novelist?  Or, can I only dare to dream? Read More
2020-07-15 09:04
Just Say It is the bittersweet story of journalist, Lisa Grant.  After growing up with a narcissist mother, she struggles to commit to a long-term relationship in her adult life. Only w… Read More

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