The official website for Tessa Barrie and her Alter Ego, Sally Edmondson, or is it the other way around? Home of the forgetfully funny Dotage Diaries and squibs about my life to date and how I've survived it.

About My Alter Ego, Tessa Barrie, and Me

Welcome to My Alter Ego and Me, the official website for Tessa Barrie and her Alter Ego, Sally Edmondson – or is it the other way around? 🤔

Tessa Barrie started sharpening her pencil when I was nineteen. I had been asked to write a column for a regional newspaper called, Serendipity, and didn’t want my mother to know the slightly risqué pieces originated from my keyboard.

Tessa Barrie continued writing short stories and freelance contributions, after the inevitability of me succumbing to a ‘proper job’… until, I was made redundant in June 2015.

Believing my redundancy was a sign from Cadmus, the Greek God of of Writing, I poured all my post-redundancy frustration into writing a pantser-style novel. The critiques of the early drafts of said novel, started rolling in, including this one:

‘From reading the synopsis, it does sound like there is an awful lot going on, and it’s worth making sure that characters are properly developed for readers to identify with them, especially as the situations they find themselves in become more complex.

Make sure you amuse, rather than bludgeon, the reader with witty lines – less is definitely more when it comes to comic writing. I also wondered whether the title might be a bit on-the-nose? Otherwise, this is a good beginning.’

Learning from this and other critiques, we changed the title – several times – and soldiered on. Five years on, after numerous rewrites and filling in multiple plot holes, my first novel is about to be served up as Just Say It!

‘My writing career has been sporadic, at best, after a flurry of pure teenage genius. Poetry published at thirteen, writing my first (and last) musical at fifteen – after my miserable pre-pubescent poetry morphed into tormented teenage angst lyrics, and I entered my songwriting phase.  Since then, I have drifted between being in print, and not.’

My first writing gong -aged 7. The venerable Blue Peter badge for writing poetry… I was gutted when I lost it.
Happiest of memories – Book signing at Farnborough, circa 1998. Jonathan Falconer (Sutton Publishing), Me and Brian Trubshaw – Test Pilot.

In 1998, she co-wrote her late stepfather’s autobiography, Brian Trubshaw – Test Pilot and assisted with his second book,  Concorde – The Inside Story, in 2000. Both books were published by what was then Sutton Publishing, under the watchful eye of Jonathan Falconer.  She is immensely proud to have been involved with both publications.

Brian Trubshaw - Test Pilot
Brian Trubshaw – Test Pilot by the late Brian Trubshaw with Sally Edmondson

During 2018/2019, An Honest Review made the long-list of the Fiction Factory Short Story competition.

My pantser-days behind me, An Honest Review evolved into novel number two, The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook, which made the long-list of the Flash 500 Novel Opening competition in 2019.

In 2020, The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook, was long-listed in the Retreat West Best Opening of a Novel. So, the beginning is okay, so far.

In 2021, Karma, made the long-list of the Fiction Factory Short Story competition and, Still Life, was long-listed in their March 2021 Flash Fiction competition.






Tessa Barrie/Sally Edmondson Trivia

Sally Edmondson, Proud mother of Cassie the Blog Dog
Proud mother of Cassie the Blog Dog

Wine lover – currently dry Monday-Thursday, during a good week. 🍷

Failed domestic goddess 🤷‍♀️

Lifetime ‘Dentophobic’ 😬

Long-term dog lover, she is the proud mother of Cassie the Blog Dog
Wannabe novelist – ‘I think, therefore I am.’ © René Descarte










Many moons ago, Sally decided to leave writing fiction to her alter ego, Tessa Barrie, while she plods on with her life writing project, My Life to Date and How I Survived It.

‘I’m not someone who has left glittering gongs in my wake, nor have I led an intrepid or inspiring life. I don’t plan to blame my parents for my ineptitudes and failures. I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent person, although some might say, I am delightfully vague.  Either way, I’ve always been quite capable of cocking up my own life, without parental intervention or outside influence.’







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