About Tessa

The face behind the beach hat.

I’ve been both an avid reader and a writer for my entire life. I started taking writing seriously in 5th grade when I won my school’s fire prevention essay contest. We will never know how I would have fared nationwide as I lost the essay when the teacher sent it home with me to do some revisions.

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I majored in English at the University of Delaware and the University of South Carolina and earned my bachelor’s degree from USC in 1995. I went from being a Blue Hen to a fighting Gamecock and grew up in a town where chicken farms are every few feet. That’s just a weird random fact and not one that has influenced my choice of books nor my writing.

I also earned my master’s degree in counseling from UNC Charlotte in 2011, which speaks to my interest in characters as much as my desire to help people. I once spent a summer reading only books that used a character name as a title. There are a surprising number of them.

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My interests run far and wide when it comes to book choices and the stories I create. I am currently editing my very first novel, which is a story that has been rattling around in my head for many years, and, in the past, I have published articles in The Charlotte Observer, SVL FreeNews, and Iredell-Statesville Schools and Family Magazine. 

My favorite place to read and write is the beach. Sitting there listening to the crash of the waves and feeling the cool ocean breeze always inspires me to tell a story and to read more than my fair share of books. Ironically, I have skin that burns if I just think about the sun, so you will usually find me under a cute beach hat or shaded by an umbrella. The beach is my happy place and always has been. Hence, the beach theme for my blog – that and the type of books I read and review are ones that I enjoy at the beach. I’ve been to beaches all over the world, but my favorite beach is still Hilton Head Island, SC, USA.

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I hope to entertain and enlighten you with my posts, so please enjoy all I have offered and will offer on this site. Happy reading!

I post every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, so be sure to check back for my latest post.


Links to my published op-ed pieces:

https://svlfreenews.com/perspectives/west-iredell-high-celebrates-diversity-fosters-excellence-all-disciplines

https://charlotteobserver.newsbank.com/search?text=Pulyer&content_added=&date_from=&date_to=&pub%5B0%5D=CHOB (This is a link to the paper’s archives.)