Tessa started telling stories when she was little, according to her parents. She then progressed to drawing and writing stories for friends and family, creating a magazine that was delivered weekly to the family (copies could be collected from the top of the piano), and making any homework assignment into a colorful tale about the topic (”A Girl of the Himalayas” received excellent marks in elementary school).
Her first writing success came in fourth grade, when the teacher read a story of hers out loud to the class. The teacher added that she might think about writing as a career. A dream and a goal was born that day. She moved around while growing up and for two summers, spent three weeks in the Cayman Islands teaching Bible School. This was before the Cayman Islands were THE Cayman Islands. Two wonderful things happened to her there — 1) She had a room of her own; and 2) the room had bookcases filled with Harlequin paperbacks straight from the British Isles. Of course, reading them with the roar of the ocean just outside her window added to the ambiance. She was also drawn into the story by the authors’ words and knew this was something she wanted to do for her own readers.
Then she wrote her first romance. . . and her second. . . and her third. The third one, Key to Romance, was published by Avalon Books, followed by four others for the same line. Short, sweet romances similar to the ones she had read all those years ago.
When she heard about the Everlasting Love line with Harlequin, she knew she wanted to write those kind of stories. The big story that goes beyond the “I do’s” in a relationship. That’s her new adventure and she can hardly wait to see what happens next!