Tonya lives near Austin, TX and writes contemporary realistic fiction in the young adult and adult romance categories. She has over 25 years experience as small business manager and bookkeeper. In 2020, her young adult manuscript earned her a Regional Advisor Scholarship/Mentorship for Austin SCBWI. The same manuscript was a finalist at the 2018 Houston SCBWI conference. One of her other manuscripts was selected for the 2019 #WriteMentor program. She previously self-published three YA/NA novels under the pen name Tessa Palmeri but is now querying agents to pursue a more traditional publishing route. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s often indulging a jigsaw puzzle addiction, TV show binge-watching, attending live music events with her husband and teen daughter, and she is a shift leader at a local food pantry once a week. She’ll have a debut novel published by Champagne Books in September 2022.