I’ve been saying for some time that I’m not reading, watching or writing much crime fiction at the moment – but I suddenly realised that I’ve been much too coy about what I’m doing instead.
Most of you know that Tess is a pen name, and I think I’ve mentioned once or twice that I’m currently concentrating on romance. I may even have hinted that it’s LGBT romance. But that’s been pretty much it. Which makes no sense at all, really, since books is books, reading is reading, and although not everyone who reads noir likes romance (or vice versa), in my case the two aren’t as far apart as you might think.
For starters my characters are quite alike no matter what I write. On top of that, there’s often a whiff of romance in my noir (think Sandra and Mike in ‘Gravy Train’, for instance) and there’s some really dark stuff in some of my romance books. So, after nearly ten years of keeping my two brands firmly separate, I’ve decided to change all that and go for the Big Reveal instead. This is because I’m working so hard on my romance books that I’m getting less and less time to log on to all of Tess’s accounts. It’s got to the point where weeks go by without me visiting Facebook, Twitter or anything much else, and I’ve realised that I’m in dire danger of losing touch with all the wonderful friends I’ve made over the years I’ve been writing as Tess. And you’ve all been so supportive that I’d really hate that.
So with all necessary fanfares and drum rolls, may I introduce my other half – the real person behind the pen name of Tess. Step forward… Fiona Glass. Fiona (that is, me!) has been writing for even longer than Tess, and while she has written some dark crime and noir (eg in the Radgepacket series from Byker Books) she’s also long specialised in LGBT, dark, and paranormal romance.
If you fancy coming along and finding out more about the real me, why not drop into my lnk.bio page which has links to all my various social media accounts, along with web page, blog, newsletter and gawd knows what else. I really hope some of you will choose to follow the real me, and maybe check out books like my dark vampire romance ‘Echoes of Blood’, or my poignant ghost-y novel ‘December Roses’.
All of Tess’s books and stories remain fully available, by the way. I’m not killing myself off, just making it clearer what I’ve been up to for the last year and a half! I really hope some of you (most of you?!) will make the jump and come and say hello. I’ve valued your friendship and support so very much over the last few years and would love to think we can stay in touch. If you do decide to potter on over and check me out, then hi, and welcome to the real me. And if Tess crawls out of her coffin for long enough to write anything else, you’ll be the first to know.