Welcome To My Alter Ego and Me

Looking at Life from the Funny Side

Looking at life from the funny side

Welcome to the new look website for My Alter Ego and Me – formerly www.tessabarrie.com, the official website for Tessa Barrie and her alter ego, Sally Edmondson – or is it the other way around?

Tessa Barrie started sharpening her pencil when I was nineteen. I'd been asked to write a column for a regional newspaper called Serendipity. I didn’t want my mother to know the slightly risqué serendipitous pieces originated from my keyboard, so I brainstormed a pen name with friends.

My writing career has been sporadic, at best… until I was made redundant 2015, when I wasted no time in writing the novel I'd kept in my head for twenty-years, with the working title, They Always Look at the Mother First.

Five years later, after too much procrastination, numerous rewrites and filling in multiple plot holes, Deb Sutton, who designed the cover (but did, oh, so much more), hauled me over the line, and my first-born novel, Just Say It, was published on Amazon on 4th June 2021.

My follow-up novel, The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook, is due for release in 2022.

So, what's Just Say It about? 

I've always been a bit sniffy about the genre Chick Lit but I can't deny that, Just Say It is probably lit for chicks over-40, but here's what it says on the tin 😉...

In 1999, Lisa Grant, once a well-known columnist for a leading UK magazine, turns forty. Attempting to avoid a midlife crisis, she finishes writing a therapeutic spoof about her life, but it only scratches the surface of the problem – the rocky relationship she has always had with her narcissistic mother, Elizabeth.

Realising she needs to break the negative emotional hold her mother has over her, Lisa harnesses her journalistic skills to investigate her mother's life before she came to London in 1957 as a seventeen-year-old debutante and is shocked by what she finds.


Well, If you liked the humour in Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and Sue Limb’s BBC Radio 4 comedy sitcom, Gloomsbury, I think you will enjoy Just Say It. It has both bittersweet and laugh out loud moments, but don't just take my word for it.

'Just Say It is a beautiful, poignant, and sensationally apt rendition of what it means to love unconditionally and grow from the past.' Lauren Jones - Turning Another Page.

'Just Say It is a beautifully written drama filled with emotion, both tearful and humorous, and you should grab a copy if you are into intelligent books.'  Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite.

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JANUARY 2022 NEWSLETTER

Tessa Barrie's January 2022 Newsletter. What went down in 2021 and what's coming up in 2022.

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ALL THE FUN OF THE BOOK FAIR!

Great day had by all, especially Tessa Barrie, at the Jersey Writers Social Group's Christmas Book Fair on 4th December 2021.

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FROM ONLY 99P/99C... the perfect stocking filler for the bookaholic in your life

Why Just Say It is the perfect stocking filler for the bookaholic in your life...

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Just Say It - Review in the Autumn/Christmas 2021 Edition of The Jersey Life!

Just Say It reviewed in the Autumn/Christmas 2021 Edition of The Jersey Life! Back page splurge as well!

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Well, this was unexpected!

Interview with BBC Radio Jersey's Jenny Mullen 10/11/2021

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LIFE WOULD BE DISMAL WITHOUT HUMOUR

Jon Vickers of the Jersey Evening Post chats to Tessa Barrie

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JUST SAY IT - REVIEW BY ALEXANDRA ANTIPA

Just when I begin to feel down about how many people are actually reading Just Say It… something like this happens.

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FIVE STAR BOOK REVIEW FOR JUST SAY IT FROM READERS' FAVORITE

How happy am I to receive a five star review from Readers Favorite?

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THANK YOU FOR THE REVIEWS FOR JUST SAY IT!

A short video to thank everyone for reading and reviewing Just Say It.

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Coming Soon to a Book Shop Near You!

Didsbrook is a sleepy market town somewhere in the Home Counties. When its most famous resident, the former darling of London's West End, turned multi-published author, is found dead. Who could possibly want to murder the much-loved Jocelyn Robertshaw?

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Full Review of Just Say It by Lauren Jones of Turning Another Page - for Reedsy Discovery

Lauren Jones of Turning Another Page, San Antonio, reviews Just Say It.

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MOVING ON!

Novel-in-progress, The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook.

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Three Steps Forward, Five Steps Back – The Growing Pains of a Virgin Novelist

I didn't go into this self-publishing malarky totally blinkered. I had some idea what I was letting myself in for, but it has proved to be more of a challenge than I initially thought.

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FREE JUST SAY IT eBOOKS!

Regular free downloads of eBooks for Just Say It.

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Just Say It  Free Kindle Download 6th-12th September 2021

Doc Martens takes on Dior as a workaholic daughter finally rebels against mollycoddled mother. After forty years of verbal incontinence, will the two ever see eye to eye? Will the twain ever meet?

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A CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS A REST?

Why after eight years I decided to say goodbye to WordPress.

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Coming Soon to a Book Shop Near You!

Didsbrook is a sleepy market town somewhere in the Home Counties. When its most famous resident, the former darling of London's West End, turned multi-published author, is found dead. Who could possibly want to murder the much-loved Jocelyn Robertshaw?

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To Indie Authors Everywhere, With Love

In homage to and in support of Indie Authors everywhere! #withlove

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Getting Self-publishing Savvy! Things I wish I’d known before publishing Just Say It!

Once you hit the self-publishing button, there is no going back. One moment you are in the middle of a lengthy eye-watering proofread; the next, you are drowning in a vast ocean of books, trying everything you can to get recognition for your firstborn novel in the crush of the 45 million wannabe best sellers already out there.

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NEWSLETTER - SUMMER 2021

SUMMER 2021 NEWSLETTER – Snippets from Just Say It, plus free eBooks and More!

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Life Saving Attempt

Here is today’s dose of memory recall from my rapidly disintegrating grey matter that has been lodged somewhere in my hippocampus for eighteen years.

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The Gradual Decline

The aches and pains of growing older.

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Turning Into My Mother

The day I turned into my mother.

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Steroid Euphoria

Staving off the steroids.

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The C. R. A. F. T. Club

Becoming a member of the CRAFT club.

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Sleepless Nights

Delightfully dozy.

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The Importance of reviews for Self-Published Authors

The Importance of reviews for Self-Published Authors

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