Known for her raw, unblinking look into the darker parts of humanity, Tressa strives for deeply character driven stories that keep the pages turning.


An award winning pencil artist, Tressa has taken on the digital age with finely detailed, soft textured digital paintings that are her signature style.

Outside the box.

Bucking the confines of stereotype and labels is something Tressa delights in doing everyday; in life, in art, on the page. She can't be placed in a box.

At the desk

March 19, 2014

As bitterly cold as Winter may have been. As long as the deep nights dragged. The excitement of the turning of seasons quickens the blood and fuels the creative energy that drives me forward. I am eager for the sweet scents of new green to fill the air. It's right around the corner.

Work moves at the inevitable snail's pace, but it is still forward motion and that's good. Even if I wish to race ahead, I must remember who won between the tortoise and the hare. The writing aspect of The Fall of the Cicadas is nearly complete; so when I send the manuscript to my betas, I'll get back to work on the cover. I'm still targeting third quarter for it to be available.

December 5, 2013

As the year winds down, I feel the crisp stirring of the season in my perpetually chilled bones. My fingers are slower to move across the keyboard or my graphic tablet, my tired body would rather snuggle down into deep hibernation as the rational creatures do. But that isn't the human way, so I must gear myself mentally to trudge through the snow and cold.

Circumstances in my life have forced me to take a part-time job outside the home... outside my work as an author and an artist - which unfortunately doesn't pay the bills. Paycheck work after 15 years of not doing it has sucked the energy right out of me so the work I want to do is pushed back yet again as I try to cope with such a huge change in my life and routine. It doesn't help they schedule me for all shifts willy-nilly.

It is my greatest desire to buckle down and focus on getting The Fall of the Cicadas out by the third quarter of next year if not sooner; I will continue to push forward with that regardless of whatever else is going on around me. It may be a slow process, but the way down the path is one step at a time.

September 5, 2013

I recently purchased a new laptop that I will be able to use for my primary work computer. It's powerful enough to handle PaintTool SAI and has enough memory to hold all my large files.

Soon, I'll be able to pull my old hard drives out and get my work off those and onto this new system. Once that's done, I'm looking forward to getting back to work!

Things on the horizon: finish two book covers - one for myself and another for a client, start editing The Fall of the Cicadas - the much anticipated second book in the Seasonal Insanity series, and work more on the companion novel to Fragile Bones - Michael's story.

A lot of things are in the works over the next several months; I hope you're as excited about them as I am.

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On the easel

I'm currently working on the cover of The Fall of the Cicadas, the sequel to The Summer of the Frogs. As I work, more of Claire's personality comes out. This painting is taking on the radiant aspect; she's almost glowing in the warm Fall sunshine.

Progress has halted due to my work computer crashing.