Tessa Barrie is a blogger and wannabe novelist from Jersey, Channel Islands, who believes life is too short to be niche.
During her later teenage years, Tessa wrote a column called Serendipity for a provincial newspaper. The idea to call the column Serendipity was not her own. An older, much wiser friend suggested it. She thanked the older and much wiser friend for their suggestion and went away to look the word up in the dictionary, as she hadn’t got a clue what it meant.
The word was coined in 1754, by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of’.
Calling the column Serendipity seemed like a good idea, as she never knew what she was going to write about until she sat down at her typewriter – there wasn’t too much sagacity going on in her teenage brain.
Little has changed over the many, many years that have passed since then, but she never gave up on her dream of writing about life, loves and relations, while grappling with a proper job.
Fate rewarded her perseverance in 2015 when she was made redundant. Deciding to call time on her 9-5 working life, she threw herself into having one last-ditch attempt at becoming a better writer.
Perhaps, with age, a little sagacity has seeped into her cerebrum. In 2019, after four years writing and editing through the night, she was longlisted in the Fiction Factory Short Story and Flash 500 Novel Opening competition. In 2020 she was longlisted for the Retreat West Best Opening of a Novel competition, but there is still has a very long way to go.