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Welcome! BookGirl’s mission is to help people write (more) and save readers time by highlighting well-written, moving novels, short stories and flash fiction.

BookGirlTV connects and inspires readers and writers. We love to share great books, and we love to spread the word! On Facebook we have over 168 million impressions and a single post alone  about Helen Wan’s novel, THE PARTNER TRACK, reached over 1.8 million FB users with 3.7k engagements. On YouTube we have over six million views.


Tessa Smith McGovern is a teacher/author who’s taught writing for 22 years and currently teaches at The Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, NY (since 2011).

She’s an award-winning writer whose linked short story collection, LONDON ROAD: LINKED STORIES, received a ‘Featured’ review from Kirkus, is an Amazon best-seller (British Short Stories), and a gold medal winner in the 2012 eLit Awards. Her non-fiction book, COCKTAILS FOR BOOK LOVERS (Sourcebooks), is also an Amazon best-seller (Cocktails).

She teaches two free* Zoom writing sprints with prompts/Q&A on Tuesdays at 12 noon PM EST and Weds at 7 PM EST. In her teaching, she invites writers to apply loving-kindness to their writing process which results in better memory, focus, and productivity.

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Her publication credits include the Connecticut Review and Equinox, a UK poetry journal archived by the English Arts Council at the Southbank Centre, London. She’s currently writing a contemporary fantasy novel inspired by British mythology and pursuing her MFA in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

She is founder and editor of eChook Digital Publishing. eChook won a silver medal in the 2012 eLit Awards and its stories have been read by thousands of readers in 100+ countries.

As host of BookGirlTV, she has interviewed many popular writers including Anna Quindlen, Dani Shapiro and Jane Green. 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.

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