It’s A Book Deal!

Just a quick note today, because I think most of you have already seen this, but just in case… my debut novel THE GLASS FORTRESS will be out in 2023 from Entangled Teen. Check out my blog post at for more information.

I’m not retiring this site just yet, but I am mulling over how much I will use it in the future.



A Name Change

Or rather… I have a new pen name: Tessa Barbosa.

If you’ve followed me on social media you might have heard already, but I’ve updated all my handles to @HiTessaBarbosa and set up a pretty new website at There’s not much there yet, but it’s set up to go for someday.

In the meantime, I do plan to keep this blog and this website. I enjoy blogging here and I plan to continue posting personal updates here. But… lately, I’ve also felt like I needed a fresh start.

Tessa is my nickname from one side of my family, and Barbosa is a family name from the other. I’ve been thinking about what I write, and it never felt quite right to use my married name to write when I’ve been writing stories inspired by Filipino culture / history / characters. I want to honor my ancestors and my heritage in my books. And I also want other Filipinos to recognize me too. I’m not trying to hide that part of me. It is me.

Things are in the works. I’ll update you when I can!