R Frederick & Tess Riddle for media

Welcome to our Media page where you can find interesting facts and links to whatever you want to know about us.

R. Frederick Riddle began his writing career at the age of 60, but he had desired to write since his teenage years. Growing up, serving in the Navy, and then working all were solid experiences, but they limited his ability to pursue his chosen career.

In addition, he had to learn the skill of writing on his own. There was very little help available that he could afford, so he learned the hard way. But in 2003 he broke through and published his first book, Refuge: The Genesis Chronicles (no longer in print).

This book and a second book were later merged into one complete novel with added material and published as Perished: The World That Was. It became the foundation of his series The World That Was.

Tess (aka, Teresa) Riddle desired to write from an early age. But work, marriage, and caring for the household kept her from following her dream. But she it was a desire put there by God and she trusted Him. In 2020 she was cleared of her second bout with cancer and was ready to turn her attention to writing.

2022 has been a big year for Tess. In June she published:

  • Talking with Tess: Walking with God (Talking with Tess is a series)
  • Keys to Murder (a mystery novel featuring Rita Honeycutt, also a series)
  • She is currently working on new books.

T&R Independent Books was founded by Tess and R. Frederick in 2014. At that time only Mr. Riddle had books to sell, but they began looking forward to when she would become a published author. Today the bookstore markets both authors books and is poised for a breakout year.

Below, are links to sources that will aid you in your research.

Helpful information


R. Frederick and Tess have blogs. Ron’s has been around for awhile, but Tess is new to blogging. She is already showing insights into writing.

R. Frederick’s blog deals with literary issues, but also occasionally deals with current events.

Tess Riddle’s blog deals with her journey to become an author and as an author.


T&R Independent Bookstore began in 2021. It has been focused on giving customers discount pricing on any of our products.

In 2022 the website moved to its new location and expanded its offerings. It now sells both print and digital products and plans to sell combinations of books.


PRBlog is the home of T&R Independent Books press releases. PR Blog enables us to speak to the press about important events regarding our business. This is important because we actively improving and expanding what we offer.

These press releases are a good way to research the company’s history. As we grow we expect to use Press Releases more often to keep both the press and our customers updated. While not complete, it provides news from our earliest days until now.

You can reach us at for interviews and additional information.

We live in Port Charlotte, Florida and are active in our church, Tri-City Baptist of Port Charlotte. We moved here from Michigan in 2008 to care for my wife’s mother and took care of her until she died in 2013. She had Alzheimer disease and was under 24/7 care from mid 2009 until her death. Instead of returning to Michigan we chose to stay in Florida.

R. Frederick served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1968 during the Vietnam War. After the war he worked for Western Electric and then Michigan Bell, which was part of Ameritech (now AT&T).

Tess worked for Profit Foods at Pontiac Motors, then as a clerk for Kelly Services, and finally as a secretary for Kmart International Headquarters.