Author Archives: Tessa Buckley

About Tessa Buckley

Freelance writer and author.

Essex Literary Events

I’ve got two literary events coming up in March. Please do come and introduce yourself if you are in the areas. Signed copies of Eye Spy and The MS Diet Book will be available to buy.

Saturday 12 March 2016

Book Sale at Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea   10am – 1pm

I’ll be there with my friends from Leigh Writers Group, selling books from all genres.

Saturday 19 March /Sunday 20 March 2016

Southend Local Authors Day (SALAD) at The Forum, Elmer Square, Southend-on-Sea. Saturday: 10am – 4pmSunday: 11am – 4pm.  Admission free.

Come and meet local authors and listen to talks on a variety of subjects. At 12 noon on Saturday, I and my daughter, literary agent Louise Buckley, will be giving a talk entitled Routes into Publishing: -Traditional or Indie?

SALAD poster 2

Good News!

Good news! The paperback version of Eye Spy is now available from the Matador bookshop (

 It can also be pre-ordered now from Waterstones ( and Amazon (, where it will be available later this month.

 Eye Spy paperback cover

And for those of you who found The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book useful, I am now working on an updated version. This will include the most up-to-date research on subjects such as Vitamin D and its importance for those with MS, as well as two new diets: the Overcoming MS diet, and the Wahls diet, both of which have enthusiastic followers around the world.

New cover and Leigh Literary and Arts Fair

Good news! Eye Spy will be published as a paperback on 28 January 2016. Here’s a preview of the new cover:EyeSpyupdated

In the meantime, come and join me at the Leigh Literary and Arts Fair on Saturday 19 September. There will be workshops, readings and lots of books and artwork to buy, and afterwards you can have a drink and a snack in the café. Come and join us if you can – it’s all free.

Leigh Literary and Arts Fair

The Books I Loved as a Child

This month I thought I’d list the books which I loved as a child and which live on in my memory. Most of them are still in print, and over the decades they have entertained generations of children.

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Four children spend their summer holiday messing around in boats and camping on an island in a lake in Cumbria. This was the first full-length children’s novel I read.

The Secret GardenThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnet

Three children find an abandoned garden and bring it back to life. As a child I had my own secret garden which belonged to the derelict house next door, and I spent many happy hours playing there.

The Swish of the Curtain by Pamela Brown

I  read this book over and over again. It’s the story of seven children who turn an unused chapel into a theatre and put on their own plays. This book encouraged several famous actresses to take up acting, and the really impressive thing about it is that Pamela Brown was only 14 when she wrote it.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

One of the few fantasy novels I enjoyed. I cried when Aslan died, and found the witch quite terrifying.

The Treasure SeekersThe Treasure Seekers by E Nesbit

A story about a family whose father is an inventor and who are struggling to make ends meet. Sounds familiar? This is probably where I got the original idea for Eye Spy.

 I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Another story about a family with an eccentric and reclusive father. I was 12 when I first read it, and I found some scenes so funny I just couldn’t stop laughing.

Some of these books were written over one hundred years ago.  I wonder which of the children’s books that are popular now will still be read in 2115?

Eye Spy – discounted for a limited period

Great news! Eye Spy will be available at the reduced price of 99p from Saturday May 23rd until Friday June 5th. To buy, just click on your favoured link.

The ibook store

WH Smith


Barnes and Noble

If you’re looking for more free ebooks and bargain kindle books, I can recommend Good Kindles at

New cover! Plus Essex Book Festival

Eye Spy has a new cover design! I’d love to hear what readers think of it. Use the contact page to let me know. Here it is:

Eye Spy

On a different note, it’s Book Festival time again! I will be promoting both my books at Southend Area Local Authors Day on Saturday 28th March. This event is part of the Essex Book Festival and will be held at The Forum, Southend-on-Sea, from 10am to 4pm. There’s something for everyone: books for children and young adults, novels, local history and more. Come and celebrate local talent.

New Year Recipes

Happy New Year everyone!

For those of you who have been following the advice in The MS Diet Book and are hankering after some new recipes, here are two winter soups to warm you up when you come in from the cold.

Mexican Chili Bean Soup   HED  LFD  VEG  VG   (Serves 4)

1 leek, chopped

2 large garlic cloves, crushed, or 2 tsp. garlic puree

1 dstsp olive oil

1 tsp mild chili powder

1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped

1 x 14 oz. can of chopped tomatoes

1 1/4 pints vegetable stock

1 tblsp tomato puree

2 dstsp. Rice flour

1  can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Small can of sweetcorn or 1 cup of frozen sweetcorn

Salt and black pepper

  1. Soften leek and garlic in oil over low heat for 5 minutes.  Add spice and cook for another minute, stirring well.
  2. Add tomatoes, pepper, stock, puree and flour.  Bring to boil, turn down heat and put lid on pan.  Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add beans and corn and heat through for a further 5 minutes.  Season well and serve.

Spiced Parsnip Soup   HED  LFD  BBD  VEG  VG  ACD   (Serves 2)

1 small leek, chopped

1 crushed garlic clove or 1 tsp garlic puree

1 dstsp sunflower oil

½ tsp  ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp turmeric

1 large parsnip, peeled and diced

½ small cauliflower, divided into florets

1 pt. vegetable stock

Salt and black pepper

1.   Soften leek and garlic in oil in a large pan over a low heat for about 5 minutes.

2.   Add parsnips and spices and stir until thoroughly mixed. Add stock, bring to boil, turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

3.   Add cauliflower and bring back to boil. Put lid on pan, turn down heat again and simmer for a further 10 minutes.

4.    Liquidize in food processor.  Add salt and pepper and reheat.

Reviews and Eye Spy II

I  have now reached the third chapter of Eye Spy II, provisionally entitled The Haunted Priory, in which Alex and Donna go ghost-hunting, and am having great fun researching ghost-hunting techniques and stories of paranormal activity on the internet. Even Wikipedia has information on “Ghost-hunting” and “Paranormal”.You can also find plenty of photos of spectral figures on the internet – but why are so many of them ladies going up or down stairs? It all makes for fascinating reading and I can see I’m really going to enjoy writing this story!

And if you haven’t read Eye Spy yet, here’s a great review from Amazon UK to whet your appetite:

“5.0 out of 5 stars, Beautifully written children’s adventure.

I read this on the train before passing it on to my 9 year-old daughter who is half way through and really enjoying it. What seems like a simple tale becomes an unravelling of family secrets, seen from the children’s perspective. This makes for an exciting finish, but also Eye Spy is thought provoking in the way it touches on relationships between family and community. Highly recommended!”

Eye Spy has also received four stars from a reviewer on Goodreads. You can see that review here.