Tessa Palmeri


I live with my family in Texas and have a BA in Sociology. I'm a life-long, avid reader, and after some recent life challenges, I've discovered my passion for writing, and I'm reaping the therapeutic benefits! My mind is constantly at work thinking up new characters and scenarios to weave into a relatable story for young adults and adults who are young at heart.

I'm especially interested in how the family, as a social institution, shapes and affects the attitudes, motivations, and goals of young people. I enjoy portraying complicated family dynamics and the catalysts that launch teenagers into adulthood to find their own way in the world.

My hope is that readers of all ages will be entertained, encouraged, and inspired by the characters in my novels as they learn to define relationship boundaries and triumph over obstacles and limitations.

Smashwords Interview

What to you write?
I write fiction novel series - of the Young Adult / New Adult romance variety. But it's not all romance! There are interwoven themes of "coming of age", child/parent and family struggles, teen angst, and finding and practicing faith. The teen years and early twenties are a tough time of figuring out who you are, what you stand for, where you want to go in life, etc. I write about characters finding their way through that critical time in their lives. Sometimes it's not pretty. Sometimes other people in their lives are helpful, but sometimes they're not, and a person has to figure out how to deal with that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I feel a sense of celebration for my characters when they overcome adversity and figure out how to break free of whatever is holding them back from experiencing life to the fullest. I also love it when I myself am moved to tears, whether from sadness or joy, by what is happening to my characters. That's when I am reminded of why I write - to evoke emotion out of thin air.
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Where to buy in print


Olivia, All In - Olivia Series Book Three
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,380. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Olivia Miller is home for the summer after her first year of college.
Olivia, Finding Her Way - Olivia Series Book Two
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,190. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Olivia's off to college with her boyfriend, Cameron, looking forward to freedom from her parents. She realizes she’s led a pretty sheltered life, and embracing the college culture isn’t as easy as she expected. After losing something that's very important to her, she struggles to find her way. She finally discovers what was missing in her life, but is it too late to recover what she's lost?
Olivia, On the Brink - Olivia Series Book One
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,850. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Romantic, faith-inspiring, coming-of-age story of high school senior Olivia Miller in a small town in Texas in the early 1990s. While trying to figure out what she's going to do after graduation, she meets Cameron McClain, the hot new guy at school. He and Olivia's mentor, Mrs. K, help her navigate the troubled waters of her home-life, including a rage-aholic father and neglectful mother.

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