Meet BookGirl and the Team

Tessa Smith McGovern


Tessa Smith McGovern is a writer and online creative writing teacher who teaches ‘Ace the Common App: Add ‘Published Author’ to Your College Resume’.

She writes fiction and non-fiction for teens and adults (fantasy under the name T. S. McGovern). Her stories are uplifting and usually set in the Britain. She’s an Amazon bestselling author in 2 categories: British short stories and cocktails/mixed drinks. Her short stories and flash fiction have been published in many places, nationally and internationally, beginning in 1996. Most recently (Oct 2019) a fantasy short story called ‘The Selkie Mother’ appeared in Issue 255 of the Crack the Spine Literary Magazine.

In 2011 she was founder/editor of eChook Digital Publishing which won a gold and a silver in the 2012 eLit Book Awards. She’s taught all elements of writing and digital publishing at The Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, NY (2010-2016) and is co-founder/teacher at The Fairfield County Writers’ Studio, Westport, CT (2016 to present).

She’s currently writing a YA fantasy novel with talking animals, set on the River Thames in London. It’s a fast-paced mystery (and a mother-daughter story) inspired by British folklore. She lives in Connecticut with her family which includes Rocky (a black lab), Rosie (a Ragamuffin-Persian mix), and a black and white Maine Coon called Hamish who actually does talk.

tessasmithmcgovern at gmail dot com
Twitter: @tessasmithmcg & @BookGirlTV
Facebook: Tessa Smith McGovern & BookGirlTV
Goodreads: Tessa Smith McGovern

Contact Tessa to visit your book club in person or via Skype, or read her BIO.

Leslie Paparo
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Leslie Paparo is Associate Producer/Editorial Assistant at BookGirlTV. She got her Masters in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and started her career as a teacher in NYC. She did a short stint as a librarian, and books and reading (and writers!) have always held a special place in her heart. Leslie lives in Westport, CT with her husband and two sons.


Jennifer Gans Blankfein

Jen Blankfein headshotJennifer Gans Blankfein assists with sales and marketing at BookGirlTV. She is also Sales and Marketing Director at Our Town Crier, an email newsletter that promotes local business in the Westport and Fairfield, CT area. She started her career in advertising in NYC, has chaired multiple community service events, and is an avid reader. Jennifer lives in Westport with her husband and two sons.

Mark Holleran
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Mark Holleran is an award winning video producer/editor, marketing pro, and actor/director. His production company is Holleran Media Productions.