Tessa Barrie

Looking at Life from the Funny Side

ABOUT – Sally Edmondson


‘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.’

Sally Edmondson received her first writing accolade at the age of seven when she won a coveted Blue Peter badge for waxing lyrical about one of the Blue Peter dogs.

Blue Peter Badge
My venerable Blue Peter badge … she was gutted when she lost it.

She didn’t have a particularly easy childhood and writing became a form of escapism.

Her writing career has been sporadic, at best.  After a flurry of pure teenage genius, published poetry at thirteen, and writing her first (and last) musical at fifteen – after her miserable pre-pubescent poetry evolved into tormented teenage angst lyrics and she entered her songwriting phase – she has drifted between being in print, and not.

So near, yet so far. Sally gave up songwriting to start blogging, after realising she was never going to write a chart hit.

Throughout her life to date, she has written on a freelance basis, while holding down a proper job.

In 1998, she co-write 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.

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


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