Though Tressa enjoys living in east Tennessee and taking weekend drives in the mountains, her heart still yearns for the swamps in her home state of Florida. She is a fanatical fan of Dolly Parton and who was the impetus for Tressa to move to Tennessee. Tressa is also, “Stephen King’s #1 fan” and her collection of his books and movies are the only thing to rival her collection of Dolly’s music and memorabilia. Tressa is a gamer who loves ‘first person shooter’ games on Playstation, as well as any version of, Mario!
Tressa is not your typical bookstore type, to which she has chosen her book signing appearances to be where people already gather for good times, drink and tell stories of their own. What better than taverns, pubs and restaurants! With the help of the different establishment’s marketing managers, an opportunity developed to garner promotional support from Bud Light. Between the support of Bud Light and Dick’s Last Resort, Tressa has enjoyed a significant jump in her celebrity.
A two year hiatus was forced on Tressa due to a bad stalker situation. The Police and FBI investigation is still ongoing and Tressa has struggled to overcome developed phobias and fears. However, not only has she found the strength to venture back out in public, Tressa has built a significant level of confidence in writing out her experiences in her first non-fiction, true crime story. Tressa never thought her first true crime story would be her own. The title of the book is, ‘The Stalking of Tressa Graves – The MONSTER of Melbourne’ and reliving the experience is something she did not want to do. But, by suggestions of the law enforcement involved, she decided to move forward with it. The officers have said this is one of the most severe cases of stalking they’ve seen and suggested the story should be shared with others. It will be a very well researched story, as it is her own.
A side project taking off with a life of its own is, ‘The Stalking Monster’ which is a fictional story, ‘inspired by’ actual events. Tressa never intended or expected this to be the raging success it has. During the time Tressa was in counseling, this storyline was originally formulated as a form of frustration for her stalker and to expose him as the monster he is. It has garnered the interest of the right people for Tressa to be asked to generate an eight-part series for a movie production.
Other new writing projects include a book of short stories, ‘The Dark Hours Series’ and she is yet again collaborating with other authors on some very exciting projects. There is also an ample backlog of unreleased work to come out in good time.