My alter ego, Tessa Barrie, first appeared as the author of a column called Serendipity when I was nineteen and writing a weekly column for a provincial UK newspaper, and I didn’t want my Mother to know the slightly risqué pieces were originating from my keyboard.
My alter ego and I carried on writing short stories and freelance contributions, until I was made redundant in June 2015, after which spent the next four years writing and editing various chunky pieces of fiction throughout the day, as well as during protracted periods of insomnia during the night.
After receiving various critiques, such as the one above, Tessa Barrie and I have learned from our mistakes.
During 2018/2019, she made the longlist of the Fiction Factory Short Story, with An Honest Review. A short story that spread its wings and became The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook and made the longlist of the 2019 Flash 500 Novel Opening competition.
So far in 2021 she had made the longest of the Fiction Factory Short Story competition with Karma, and with Still Life in the March 2021 Flash Fiction competition.