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I'm Tessa Barbosa

Tessa Barbosa is a Filipina-Canadian author who writes fantasy novels by night, and software help by day. Her debut YA Fantasy novel THE MOONLIGHT BLADE will be out in March 2023 from Entangled Teen. Tessa lives in Vancouver, Canada and when she’s not at the keyboard, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen, or sewing things.

Longer Biography

Tessa Barbosa always wanted to live in stories. As a child she cried, because she couldn’t go into the pages of her picture books to play with her animal friends. She loved books so much that after many late nights up reading, and eating distractedly at the table, her parents banned her from reading. It didn’t work. Tessa stuffed books under her mattress, hid them in her sweaters, and many poor paperbacks met their ruin in a hot bath.

But writing novels didn’t happen for a long time. She spent a lot of time in school: majored in computer science, minored in the fine and performing arts, and did semesters in Greece studying archeology. Eventually she graduated and switched from a career in software development to technical writing, because words were always her first love. Now she writes software help by day, and fantasy novels by night. Her debut YA Fantasy novel THE MOONLIGHT BLADE will be out in March 2023 from Entangled Teen. What better way to live in stories than to write them?

Tessa is a regular contributor at Writer UnboxedHer short fiction is published as T. S. Bazelli and has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, as well as multiple anthologies. She also attended Viable Paradise 16 and is a member of the Codex Writer’s Group.

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