Who is Tessa?
After spending most of her life in Ireland, Tessa now lives with her husband on the sunny Silver Coast of Portugal.
As part of an online writer's community, she won prizes for her stories and poems and became a valued editor for other authors.
She wrote and illustrated her first published book, FANPENCILTASTIC, a fun chapter book for ages 6 - 9, followed shortly thereafter by ALPHABET'S ZOO, a rhyming picture book for preschoolers.
The idea for her first novel sprung from a writing competition. The topic was 'heroic', and Tessa decided to create the most anti-hero ever. Her story won first prize, so she wrote another adventure with the same character. Her readers wanted more of Linus, the phobia-ridden librarian who stumbles into the weirdest situations. Hence the foundation was laid for NO GUTS, NO GIRL, a quirky romantic comedy novel.
As a hobby, Tessa runs a funny parrot page on Instagram @allthingsbudgieandco which keeps her in a good mood for her humorous writing.
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