Tess is a graduate of Indiana University in Psychology and Sociology. She has lived all over the country, now residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the mother of four children, all of whom had a contribution to the series be it advertising, research, art, or computer skills. Her sister was the constant force to finally getting the book published.
Tess began writing when she was a little girl, mainly scripts for her favorite TV shows. After college she even submitted some of those with favorable results, but no actual broadcast. She turned to narrative after reading some favorite authors; Robert Ludlum, William Diehl and Trevanian, wanting to write in that genre with a female voice. Other favorite authors include Jeffrey Archer, Ken Follett, Diana Gabaldon, Judith McNaught and JD Robb.