MY ALTER EGO AND ME

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.

MY FIRST BORN NOVEL – JUST SAY IT!

Just Say It by Tessa Barrie

MY FIRST BORN NOVEL – JUST SAY IT!  

A bittersweet Family Saga

When Lisa Grant turns forty, the once well-known columnist for a London-based magazine realises she needs to dig herself out of a rut in rural Gloucestershire.

Attempting to avoid a midlife crisis, she tries a little self-therapy. She 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 narcissist mother, Elizabeth.   

Realising she needs to dig deeper, she harnesses her journalistic skills to learn more about her mother’s past and is shocked by what she finds.

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Writing my first born-novel, Just Say It, pantser-style was a challenge. Set in Gloucestershire, London, and Portugal, It focuses on the first forty-two years of my MC’s life but, covers the period 1940-2002.

At various intervals during the last five years, I celebrated reaching ‘The End’ but every time I realised, after all that deluded carousing, that writing a novel is so much more than just telling a story.

https://tessabarrie.com/2021/03/17/the-growing-pains-of-a-virgin-novelist%E2%80%8B/The Growing Pains of a Virgin Novelist

It was a struggle, but the growing pains of a virgin novelist are real and my panster days are over! Forever the plotter I’ll be.

More news coming soon…

 In the meantime, here is an outtake for your delectation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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