About Tessa


Tessa Wegert is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Adweek, and The Economist. She grew up in Quebec near the border of Vermont and now lives with her husband and children in a hundred- year-old house in Coastal Connecticut. Tessa writes mysteries set in Upstate New York while studying martial arts and dance, and is the author of the Shana Merchant series, beginning with DEATH IN THE FAMILY.



Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Tessa lived in British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Mainz, Germany before her family settled near the border of Vermont in Lennoxville, Quebec. She attended Concordia University in Montreal, where she studied Communications.

After several years of working in digital advertising and as a freelance tech and business reporter, Tessa met her husband and immigrated to the U.S. Over the next four years she lived in four different states and eventually arrived in Chicago. While working with brands that included IBM, Audible, and Toshiba, and publications like Business Insider, Forbes, The Economist, The Globe and Mail, and The Huffington Post, she began the slow transition from reporting to writing fiction. 

During this time, Tessa won first place in the Crime category of the Eighth Annual Writer’s Digest Magazine Popular Fiction Awards for her short story Moms’ Night Out, which was inspired by a real-life evening in Avondale that involved three mothers and wedding-crashing but - happily - no murders. 

Tessa has visited the Thousand Islands, where Death in the Family is set, every summer for the past sixteen years, and continues to be captivated by its unique atmosphere. She currently lives in Darien, Connecticut with her husband and children, where she studies dance and martial arts and is at work on her next novel.



Tessa is represented by Marlene Stringer of the Stringer Literary Agency

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