Tess Rider lives with her wonderfully eccentric husband in an equally eccentric Victorian in the San Francisco Bay Area. An avid cat lover in search of her next cat, Tess is a huge fan of anything by Joss Whedon and she gets inspiration for book titles from song lyrics. She’s an accountant by day, a novelist by night and an artist at heart 24/7.
Tess holds a B.A. in Art History and was greatly inspired by the work and life of Remedios Varo, one of the lesser known female Surrealists, whose deeply personal work brings an exciting dreamworld to vivid life. Tess has long been interested in the impact of dreams, myths and the transcendental on the creative process. Later in life, while spending a year living in New Orleans, Tess had the opportunity to explore the religions of the Caribbean and found in their pantheons and histories inspiration for her writing and art.
Today, Tess is an active member of the San Francisco Area chapter of the RWA and is working hard on the next books in her small town urban fantasy time travel romance series, the Haunted Hollow.
Awards & Achievements
- 2nd Place Winner in the Paranormal Category of the 2015 SFA-RWA Heart to Heart Contest (Bring Me to Ruin)
- 2nd Place Winner in the Romantic Suspense Category of the 2011 Rose City Romance Writer's Golden Rose Contest (Soul in Chains)
- Winner 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 National Novel Writing Month Contest
- Judge for SFA-RWA's Heart to Heart Contest 2015-2016
- Member of the Romance Writers of America since 2011
- Provisional Member of the RWA PAN Community since 2016
- Member of the San Francisco Area chapter of the RWA since 2011, currently serving on the board of directors as VP of Membership.
- Member of the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers of America since 2016.
- Member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade since 2016.
What Inspires Me (the short list, in no particular order)
- El Dia de los Muertos -the Mexican national holiday celebrated throughout Latin America and the rest of the world on November 1st and 2nd.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley -prescient, gothic, and deeply philosophical with arguably one of the most famous anti-heroes of all time.
- The Darkest London Series by Kristen Callahan -paranormal Victorian London meets great love stories. In Shadowdance, the way her hero describe a kiss as a conversation to the heroine is one of my favorite scenes in the Romance genre.
- The art of Remedios Varo -a Spanish ex-pat living in Mexico post WWII, described on the day she died as Mexico’s National Treasure.
- Joss Whedon -Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Serenity, the Avengers 1 & 2, enough said!
- The city of New Orleans -this city enraptured me from the moment I set foot in the gas lit streets of the French Quarter on a warm spring evening in 1996. After eating some of the best food I’ve ever tasted, I decided I had to live there and did, from 1997-1998.
- The countries and religions of Haiti and Cuba -I studied them while living and working in New Orleans and found them fascinating and inspirational.
- Just about anything by Duke Ellington -especially The Far East Suite and Money Jungle. The Duke may not have invented jazz, but he was its ambassador to the world.
- Paul Farmer and Partners In Health -pioneering a whole different kind of health care for developing nations. Paul Farmer is the kind of real-life hero we need more of. I highly recommend his biography, Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.
- Dr. Who -this BBC television series is AWESOME! Who's with me?
- All of Gil Evans and Miles Davis’s collaborations -love these two as individual musicians, and together the horns are epic, most especially on Sketches of Spain.
- The album Brothers by the Black Keys -modern fusion of blues and alternative that gets it right. Fun fact: many of Dan Auerbach’s lyrics inspired the titles for my novels and novellas.
- My husband’s awesome micro-photography of bees -you have never seen a bee like this before!
- My kick-ass critique partners, Alice Gaines and Theresa Rogers -you ladies rock!