WWW.TESSA BARRIE.COM LIFE AND OTHER BITTERSWEET STORIES
WWW.TESSA BARRIE.COM LIFE AND OTHER BITTERSWEET STORIES
Tessa Barrie is the alter ego of Sally Edmondson. She was born in Harrogate on the UK Mainland and is fiercely proud of her Yorkshire heritage, despite having lived on the British Channel Island of Jersey since 1981.
Her debut novel, Just Say It, was released in June 2021 and is available on Amazon. Her second book, The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook, a quirky murder mystery, will be released in 2023.
I have written since I was a teenager but struggled to find my niche. Only when I started writing novels did I realise that I truly loved what I was doing for the first time in my life.
Incorporating humour into my writing is very important to me. Our path through life is bittersweet, littered with breathtaking highs and heartbreaking lows. When writing novels, I try to capture the fragility of human emotion and coat it with humour - it doesn't take away the anguish but makes it more bearable. When writing anything else, my tongue is always firmly in my cheek. ;)
Increasing age drives and motivates you, and as you dig deeper into your psyche, you'll be amazed at what you find!
As the main character in my forthcoming coming novel says:
'You never know what's around the corner, so you must live each day like it might be your last.'
Whatever you are up against in life, live it the way you want to live it and never give up on your hopes and dreams.
The humour shines through in this bittersweet family drama!
Just Say It is the debut novel by Tessa Barrie and was released in June 2021.
'A bittersweet family drama about what it means to love unconditionally and grow
from the past.' Lauren Jones of Turning Another Page.
Cassie is Tessa Barrie's constant companion.
She started blogging when she was a young pup and became Tessa Barrie's chief editorial advisor during Lockdown, a role which continues to send her barking mad.
She has loyally stayed by Tessa's side as she wrote Just Say It, enduring all the tears and tantrums, as well as filling in a few plot holes.
LIFE AND OTHER STORIES
I think if anyone tells you the odds are slim, just keep walking. Just do whatever the hell you want to do, because they don't know what they're talking about. When you love something, and you work really really hard at it, you can do it.
When Lisa Grant turns forty, the once well-known columnist for a London-based magazine finds herself alone, stuck in a rut in rural Gloucestershire.
Attempting to avoid a midlife crisis, Lisa tries self-therapy and finishes writing a spoof about her life, which only scratches the surface of the problem that has followed her around for the last four decades – her narcissistic mother, Elizabeth.
She blames her mother for many things, including her inability to commit to a long-term relationship and saying the words 'I love you' without choking on them.
Believing a childhood trauma may be responsible for her mother's total lack of empathy, Lisa harnesses her journalistic skills to explore her mother's past and is shocked by what she finds.
This is the story of my late stepfather’s career.
Brian Trubshaw was the chief test pilot for BAC before he became the chief test pilot for the British prototype Concorde 002 during its development phase.
He was regarded as one of Britain's most famous names in aviation. As a test pilot for Vickers-Armstrongs, he test-flew the Viscount, the Valiant, the VC10 and Super VC10.
I believed it was important for Brian to record his lifetime achievements in aviation, and I take all credit for persuading him to do it. It wasn’t an easy task because, despite his exceptional career, he was a very modest man.
Once he agreed to do it, the least I could do was offer to help him put it together, which I took tremendous pride in doing, and I miss him every day.
In Brian Trubshaw - Test Pilot, Brian describes his early days as an RAF bomber pilot in World War II, followed by service with Transport Command and the prestigious King's Flight. Brian’s career took off after he left the RAF in 1950 to join the Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) staff at Weybridge as a test pilot.
During the following years, Brian was closely involved with the flight test programmes for the Vickers Valiant nuclear bomber and the BAC 1-11 and VC10 airliners.
In 1965 he became Chief Test Pilot for BAe and later piloted Concorde 002 on her maiden flight on 9th April 1969.
Brian's descriptions are interwoven with insights into the manoeuvrings of politicians, industrialists and trade unions, ultimately leading to the decline of the British aircraft industry in the 1970s.
Taster video for my forthcoming novel, a quirky murder mystery.
We would never judge a book by its cover, so why would we assume all is well in someone's life just because they face the world with a smile?
Born into the Strand banking dynasty, to the outside world, the charismatic Jocelyn Robertshaw had it all. Beauty, wealth, two successful careers, a handsome husband and two children. She was loved by many across the globe not only for her work in the theatre and for writing award-winning novels but as a philanthropist.
Jocelyn lived in a five-hundred-year manor house in the village where she was born and grew up. A village she loved so passionately, that is steeped in a rich history that Jocelyn strived to preserve and protect all her life.
After Jocelyn is found dead at her home, a bumbling police investigation concludes death by misadventure – Jocelyn took her own life. However, Jocelyn's devastated writing protégé, Lucy, finds it impossible to believe that Jocelyn would have committed suicide.
Jocelyn leaves Lucy her writing space, Manderley, in her will, and there Lucy finds a series of notebooks which Jocelyn started writing at the age of seventeen when she made a mistake that haunted her for the rest of her life, as well as painful secrets she had kept hidden throughout her lifetime.
Had Jocelyn's guilty secrets resurfaced in 2018, and did they lead to her death? Who could have harboured sufficient hate to kill the much-loved Jocelyn Robertshaw?
Reviews for my debut novel, a bittersweet family drama.
Doc Martens takes on Dior as a workaholic daughter who finally rebels against her mollycoddled mother. After forty years of verbal incontinence, will the two ever see eye to eye? Will the twain ever meet?
This is a blast from the past! It is from before I gave birth to my first book baby and includes some of the stuff that was going on in my life during 2015, which, at that time, was mostly centred around Tessa Barrie's Lost Blogs and features a nice piece of music by Melinda Ortner.
It's never easy!
The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook - Teaser!
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