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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