MY ALTER EGO
AND ME

LOOKING AT LIFE
FROM THE FUNNY SIDE

Looking at Life from the Funny Side

ABOUT Tessa Barrie

ABOUT Tessa Barrie

Welcome to 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?

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ROOTS

ROOTS

Kirkby Overblow, a village steeped in history and first mentioned in the Doomsday Book, but, for me, Kirkby Overblow means so much more.

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Writing to Heal

Writing to Heal

Writing heals. Writing about to overcome the long term affects of emotional or physical trauma,, really help... try it.

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The Ark in My Heart

The Ark in My Heart

Sally Edmondson fondly remembers the days she worked at the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, now Jersey Zoo.

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CONCORDE - A SLEEK MODERN MIRACLE OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY (on the 50th Anniversary of Concorde 002 - 9th April 2019)

CONCORDE - A SLEEK MODERN MIRACLE OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY (on the 50th Anniversary of Concorde 002 - 9th April 2019)

2019 was the 50th Anniversary of Concorde 002 and Sally Edmondson was asked to write a personal account of her experience with this magnificent flying machine for Bristol Evening Post.

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PACKING A PUNCH!

PACKING A PUNCH!

This has to be the best advice anybody has given me... thank you Phoebe Waller-Bridge!

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JUST SAY ITJUST SAY ITJUST SAY IT
When Lisa Grant turns forty, she begins to question her life choices. She blames her self-absorbed, narcissistic mother for her emotional impotence and needs to address their relationship. Believing a childhood trauma may be responsible for her mother's lack of empathy, Lisa harnesses her journalistic skills to investigate her mother's past and is shocked by what she finds. This bittersweet family drama follows Lisa's journey of self-discovery.

'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

'A great story about self-discovery, family secrets and everything in-between. Written in a flawless style, it draws the reader in from the first page, building up one layer after the other. From the main character, who is honest and unapologetic, to the way the past is revealed, I would say that this is one of the best books I have ever read.' Alexanda Antipa


Available now on Amazon.



 Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 April 2022 YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK! Looking at the cover I thought this would be a light hearted chick flick I was wrong it is an emotional rollercoaster of a read it keeps you captivated you want to keep reading and is thoughtful insightful I loved this book"

Amazon Reviewer UKAMAZON UK REVIEW FOR JUST SAY IT BY Tessa Barrie

 'So much that was good in this book. The reader goes with the speaker in this first-person biographical trip, and what a wonderful trip it is. Moments of concern and anticipation, enhanced by flashbacks, sometimes a change in narrator, back to the problem, then, finally, a very non-traditional HEA. I thoroughly enjoyed taking the ride along with all of them, and am happy with the ending. The characters are believable, the situations are modern and realistic, the plot has heartbreaking and moving twists. The writing is clear and excellent, descriptive and evocative, and overall enjoyable.'"

Amazon Reviewer USReview for Just Say It by Tessa Barrie

 'The absorbing story of a young woman's struggle to make peace with her mother. I liked the vivid descriptions of the self-absorbed and narcissistic mother, the effect her callous behaviour had on her daughter and how the young woman eventually came to terms with it.'"

Donald BrownAmazon Reviewer UKLink to Reviews for Just Say It by Tessa Barrie
     

 'Enjoyable read. If you like witty, complicated family interactions and a journey of self discovery, then this is the book for you.'"

Amazon Reviewer UKJust Say It by Tessa Barrie Review

 'Excellence! Excellent reading, exciting from beginning to end with unexpected pleasant twists."

Amazon Reviewer UKJust Say It by Tessa Barrie review

 A great story about self-discovery, family secrets and everything in-between. Written in a flawless style, it draws the reader in from the first page, building up one layer after the other. From the main character, who is honest and unapologetic, to the way the past is revealed, I would say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. My thoughts: Meet Lisa, a woman who used to work as a columnist for a leading magazine in the United Kingdom. She has just turned forty and it seems that a midlife crisis is just about the knock on her door. Fearful of what this new age milestone might bring, she makes an important decision – it’s time to discover why she suffers from “emotional impotence” and what happened with her father. In her journey, however, she will end up discovering more about her mother, who is equally narcissistic and controlling. I absolutely loved this book! The author did a brilliant job in crafting a story around topics that will be forever relevant, such as getting old, narcissism, and rocky family relationships. I followed Lisa’s journey of self-discovery with interest, but I also liked the whole dynamic of the story. I am sure many people can relate to how the narcissistic mother behaves, especially upon seeing how involved she is in her own journey. Lisa is a wonderful character, and you will definitely want to follow her quest until the end. This was an enjoyable book, far from predictable. I kept turning one page after the other, wondering what would happen next. From a different perspective, it was lovely to read the descriptions accompanying the story. Not only does the author takes the reader to various locations, such as Gloucestershire, London, and Portugal, but one will also travel to different time periods. Verdict: If you are looking for a new read, you’ve found it! I highly recommend this book, as it has a little of everything. Readers will fall in love with Lisa and her journey, being drawn to the clever combination of family secrets, narcissism and emotional upturns. The book has enough funny bits to balance the rest of the story, and the storyline flows seamlessly. A perfect escape!"

Alexandra AntipaAuthor, freelance writer, and translator.

 'Just Say It by Tessa Barrie cuts deep. It is the story of a woman who is trying to find out more about her mother to understand her own self. We can choose our friends, but we cannot choose our family. Carrying forty years of pent-up emotions against her mother, Elizabeth, has given Lisa Grant the drive to use her journalistic skills and find out more about her secretive and overbearing mother. As a child, she found comfort in the love of her father, until he mysteriously disappeared to Portugal when she was seven. Her mother had concocted convincing lies to break Lisa’s ties to her father. Elizabeth remarries, and Lisa is fortunate to have a wonderful stepfather. But there is no holding back when she discovers her mother’s big lie about her father not ever trying to contact her. As she sets out to investigate her mother’s life, she will confront Elizabeth about what she has uncovered. Elizabeth will be shocked, but she will give her daughter something valuable in time. The amount of psychological and emotional harm that Elizabeth has inflicted on Lisa over the span of forty years may fill up a miniseries. Just Say It has that sort of storyline that recurs in books and films about an unstable relationship between a mother and her daughter. Tessa Barrie offers an intriguing twist to an old trope by bringing an attitude that transcends maternal melodrama. Barrie lets you dig deep into Lisa’s psyche, and what you discover is the feeling that we all cultivate: the need to know the truth. The emotional gap between mother and daughter becomes a chasm as Lisa feels her life turning into a pile of riddles that she must answer for herself. 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 DubladoBook Reviewer - Readers' FavoriteJust Say it by Tessa Barrie review

 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 of Turning Another PageReview for Reedsy Discovery

 'Modern, relatable, yet timeless. Just Say It manages to interweave a modern and relatable tale with episodes of upper-class family secrets that feel like a classic novel. This is a character-based story spanning decades, exploring traditional - and non-traditional - family set ups and challenges. In the beginning we meet Lisa, 40 years old and questioning her life choices, and this rollicking story takes us through the seventies, eighties, and even back to the forties, with realistic dialogue but a sprinkle of diversity and grit. A great debut from Tessa Barrie.'"

Amazon Reviewer UKJust Say It by Tessa Barrie Review

 'Wonderfully enjoyable book! If I could have managed to read the whole book in one sitting I would have. It is an enjoyable book that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. I really did not want to put it down. I highly recommend this book and can not wait to read the author's next book. Thank you so much for a wonderful read.'"

Pamela ButlerAmazon US ReviewerJUST SAY IT BY Tessa Barrie REVIEW

 'A family where entwined secrets unravel. I was drawn into the story from the onset by the descriptive narrative of each character in this beautifully written story of a multi-generational family whose lives had been torn apart in so many ways. The author teases out the story in snippets, making the reader hungry to know more, and wanting to read on to find out what happens. I immersed myself in all the characters, feeling mostly for Lisa, who for me, became someone I could relate to and understand the why, how, where, and when! There are secrets in every family, skeletons in the closet that rattle away until they are heard and brought to life. Well done for making this brilliant story come alive so we can all enjoy it. What a fabulous first book for this author.'"

Gina SAmazon Reviewer Australia
CREATING PLACES:  DIDSBROOK

Tessa Barrie gives a brief insight into her forthcoming novel, The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook.

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NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2022

Tessa Barrie's March 2022 Newsletter

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INTERVIEW WITH Lily Lawson 25TH MARCH 2022

Poet and fiction writer, Lily Lawson, interviews Tessa Barrie on Lily's Writing Life.

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PROCRASTINATION BE GONE! The Bane of Self-Doubt

Tessa Barrie talks about shaking off the feelings of negativity and getting over self-doubt, leading up to the publication of her second novel.

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FREE DOWNLOAD - JUST SAY IT OUT-TAKE!

Outtake from Tessa Barrie's debut novel - The Basque Country. Here, our down on her luck heroine, Lisa Grant, has decided to go and live in Portugal. When she arrives at the ferry terminal at Portsmouth, her car splutters and dies.

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JUST SAY IT IS ON AMAZON NOW!

'Just Say It by Tessa Barrie 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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From An Honest Review to The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook

An Honest Review by Tessa Barrie was listed in the 2018/2019 Fiction Factory short story competition. By that time, Tessa had fallen in love with the characters so much, she just kept going and it has now turned into her next novel, The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook.

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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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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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