Tess was first published in the Alpha Phi Quarterly, the international publication for her sorority starting in 1988, as part of her role as Quarterly Correspondent in college. That role began her writing career in an informal setting; however, she was hooked on seeing her writing in print.
She was also published in Whispers Online Magazine for Women in December of 2001, winning a reader's choice award for "Bring out the Successful You."
After 9/11 occurred, Tess wrote a post on a religious discussion board. That post has now gone around the world via email and resides on several inspirational websites. Thus proving that on the Internet, you and your words can become immortalized with or without your knowledge. That post has also become a speech read in several churches in the United States on the anniversary dates of the 9/11 tragedy and broadcast to our US soldiers abroad.
She says, " 'Where was God on 9/11?' was a post I wrote in a quick moment of passion. I had been thinking about the facts that I presented for days, but when questioned on where was God during this horrible event in American history, this is what I penned. I can't say it is word for word as I wrote it in 2001 because I didn't think to save the post at the time. I still find this popping up, so I try to write the website owners to get credit for the work. Their responses have always been terrific!"
Her first children's book, Merry Christmouse, was published by Linkville Press in November 2014. It can be found on Amazon.com. Please note that these links are affiliate links, which will provide the author with a small commission and add ZERO cost to you. (Currently, Merry Christmouse is only available as a digital book. Tess is working with the publishing house to get the rights and digital files in her name as the house closed its doors. We hope to have hard-copy books available soon.) Please also note that her books can be found on other websites, but provide no payment to her as the author.
Rainbow Tracks, Baxter's next adventure, is also published via Amazon. It is available both in print and digitally.
Tess' poem, "Playing with the Paranormal," was published in the Mountain Springs House Halloween Anthology called Lost Tales from the Mountain, Volume 1, and can be found on Amazon.com and other sites in print and ebook.
Tess also has had several posts published in the Coppell Middle School North PawPrints (a newsletter for students, parent, and teachers).