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I was born in 1969, the year man first landed on the moon and Sesame Street was first aired on TV. This is quite apt, as I am forever seeking adventure and love the colourful characters that enter my world on a daily basis.


I grew up in the West Midlands, England in a traditional family setting with two brothers and two dogs. My creative nature was quite evident from an early age and I was convinced that my parents were Jennifer and Jonathan Hart, and my life was going to be filled with love, success and fairytale endings.


After spending my late teens dabbling in various career paths, catering, sales administration, music teaching, I plunged into the academic world and became a qualified teacher of Religious Studies with Music. I loved my teaching years and it lent itself well to developing my creative side. There was never a dull moment.


In 2002, I moved to Germany to take a job in an international school and my career flourished. I wrote and directed many school plays, mentored new teachers, developed and ran teacher training programmes and gained a Masters in Educational Management and Leadership. After six years, I was promoted to the role of School Director and remained in that role for five years, until it was time to follow my heart - writing.


In 2013, I diverted all my energy and passion into writing fiction. The only possible way to accomplish this was to take a sabbatical and make the time to work hard, explore my creativity further and hone my writing skills.


I published my first book of short stories in 2016 under the pseudonym, Tessa Castello, and have now released my début novel: Ultimate Principle - a crime novel featuring Detective Chief Inspector Lane Rivers. The second in the DCI Lane Rivers series is in progress and called, Deadly Waters.


I live in a small German village, on the outskirts of the beautiful Eifel region, with my very patient husband, an enormous walnut tree and seven coffee machines. When I'm not writing, I teach, read, cook, bake and work in the garden.