Tessa Emily Hall is an award-winning author who writes inspirational yet authentic books for teens to remind them they’re not alone. She writes both fiction and devotionals for teens, including her upcoming release, LOVE YOUR SELFIE (March 2020, Ellie Claire). Tessa's passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as a Literary Agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite, YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and Founder/Editor of PursueMagazine.net. She's guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 128 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, decorating art journals, and acting in Christian films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is through connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: www.tessaemilyhall.com.

Tessa is represented by Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency.





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  • Purple Moon was a 2014 Selah Award Finalist in YA Fiction

  • Purple Moon was a 2014 Selah Award Finalist in First Novel

  • Unwritten Melody placed in the top three in four contests at the 2015 Blue Ridge Novelist Retreat

  • Unwritten Melody was a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Young Author Finalist

  • Unwritten Melody was a 2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Bronze Medalist

  • Tessa’s blog, ChristisWrite.blogspot.com, received 2nd place in the 2013 blog category at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference

  • Fallen Leaves - 2019 Gold Moonbeam Children’s Book Award


  • Author of Purple Moon (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2013) 

  • Author of Unwritten Melody (Clean Reads, 2016) 

  • Author of Coffee Shop Devos (Bethany House, 2018)

  • Author of Fallen Leaves (Illuminate YA, 2018)

  • Author of Love Your Selfie (Ellie Claire Gifts, 2020)

  • Former columnist at Broken But Priceless Magazine

  • PURSUE Magazine - BECOME, Issue 1 

  • PURSUE Magazine - FULFILL, Issue 2

  • PURSUE Magazine - SOAR, Issue 3

  • Breaking the Chains compiled by Katy Kauffman - Lighthouse Bible Studies

  • Contributor to Young Writers Workshop Guidebook - Compiled by Brett Harris

  • Former teen columnist for www.WholeMagazine.org

  • Editor-in-Chief and columnist at www.PursueMagazine.net

  • Writes a monthly column, Dear Young Scribes, for teen writers at www.AlmostAnAuthor.com

  • Former Teen Advisory Board member for Devozine (Teen imprint of Upper Room Ministries)

  • Former editor for Temperance Youth Magazine

  • Former monthly contributor to www.MoreToBe.com

  • Guide Magazine short cover story – October 2014

  • Devozine devotion – March/April 2014

  • Devozine devotion – March/April 2015

  • Devozine devotion – November/December 2016

  • Temperance Youth Magazine featured article – 2012

  • Broken But Priceless Magazine Tips For a Better Day Columnist 

  • Broken But Priceless Magazine article and spotlight – January 2016 {View issue here}

  • Refresh Magazine article – December 2015 {View issue here}

  • Refresh Magazine article – August 2016 {View issue here}

  • Broken But Priceless article - January 2017

  • Girlz 4 Christ Magazine article – December 2016

  • www.Ibegat.com multiple devotions – 2011 – 2012


  • Purple Moon, published 2013 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (Selah Award Finalist in YA Fiction and Debut Novel)

  • Unwritten Melody, published 2016 by Clean Reads (Finalist in four contests at 2015 Blue Ridge Novelist Retreat)

  • Contributor to Breaking the Chains, to be published April 2017 by Lighthouse Bible Studies - Compiled by Katy Kauffman

  • Coffee Shop Devos, published 2018 by Bethany House

  • Fallen Leaves, published 2018 by Illuminate YA

  • Love Your Selfie, published 2020 by Ellie Claire Gifts (Hachette Book Group)


  • Writing inspirational yet authentic YA fiction


As a teen, Tessa was discouraged by the lack of clean YA fiction that mirrored the average teenage lifestyle. This inspired her to write PURPLE MOON, an inspirational YA novel that deals with topics relevant to today’s teenager.


Suggested interview questions:


  1. Why do you think there’s a gap in the marketplace for Christian teen fiction books? How does your fiction fill this gap?

  2. What inspired you to write realistic books that are clean and inspirational for today’s teen?

  3. Why do you think it’s important for parents to monitor the books that their teens read?

  4. How do you balance writing authentic contemporary fiction that’s clean and Christian-based without blurring the lines?

  5. What kind of impact do you believe books make on today’s teenager? How can the books they read influence their worldview and decisions?


  • Pursuing publication at a young age


Tessa began writing PURPLE MOON at 16-years-old and was offered a publishing contract within the same year. Now, she’s passionate about helping other teens and young adults learn the craft and navigate the industry.


Suggested interview questions:


  1. Why did you choose to pursue publication as a 16-year-old?

  2. Do you think all teen writers should pursue publication?

  3. What are the benefits of launching a writing journey at a young age?

  4. Were family members and industry professionals supportive of this decision?

  5. Has getting a head start in writing caused any negative impacts on your career?


  • Pursuing dreams at a young age


Tessa made the decision to continue chasing her writing dream as a teen after she discovered the scripture Ecclesiastes 11:9. Her first book, PURPLE MOON, was then published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas at 19-years-old. She has since launched a magazine, PursueMagazine.net, to encourage teens to make the most of their youth and pursue their God-given potential.


Suggested interview questions:


  1. What is it about the scripture Ecclesiastes 11:9 that inspired you to begin your writing journey early?

  2. How can teens put into practice what this scripture says and make the most of their youth? What does this look like?

  3. Many, if not most, teens in high school are unsure of what career path they should take. What steps would you suggest they take to unveil their passions and tap into their potential?

  4. “Becoming an author” is typically known as a far-fetched dream for many people. What advice would you give to teens who have seemingly impossible dreams?

  5. How can teens use their gifts and dreams as a vessel to glorify Christ and minister to others?


  • Shedding light on positive and clean media and entertainment for teens


Tessa's goal is to shed light on positive and uplifting media for teens in all areas. She attempts to do this not only with the books she writes, but also through her role as Editor-in-Chief of Pursue Magazine, Jr. Agent at Hartline Literary, and YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA, the teen imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.  


Suggested interview questions:


  1. How do you believe the teen culture is impacted by the messages portrayed in books, magazines, and TV?

  2. Was this your motivation behind launching Pursue Magazine? Is this magazined geared toward both Christians and non-believers alike?

  3. How can parents of teens monitor the books, magazines, and TV that teenagers consume?

  4. The books you acquire for Illuminate YA, the teen imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, fill a gap that is needed in the marketplace today for clean, uplifting teen fiction. Are these books overtly Christians, or are they a clean alternative to the majority of secular YA fiction?

  5. What initially compelled you to strive and make a difference in the youth culture through books and Pursue Magazine?


  • University of South Carolina Aiken 

  • TL Hanna High School

  • Anderson Christian School

  • Holy City Homeschooling 

  • Christian Home Educators of Easley

  • Writer’s Circle

  • Basic Training Co Op 

  • The Art of Storytelling: Teen Writer’s Workshop – Anderson County Museum 

  • Meet YA Authors – Anderson County Library 

  • Write Now: Teen Writer's Workshop – Anderson County Museum

  • Christian Home Educators of Easley

  • Southern Christian Writer's Conference

  • SoCal Christian Writers Conference

  • Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference

  • Foothills Writers Guild

  • Temple Christian Academy 

  • Ohio Christian Writers Conference

  • Holly Jolly Fair

  • Atlanta Writer's Workshop 

  • Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference 

  • Colorado Christian Writers Conference

  • North Georgia Christian Writers Conference 2018

  • North Carolina Christian Writers Conference 2018

  • Write 2 Ignite 2018

  • Columbia Writer’s Day Workshop

  • Florida Christian Writer’s Conference

  • Charlotte Writing Day Workshop

  • Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference 2019

  • Southern Christian Writers Conference 2019

  • Hope Academy

  • Oconee County Public Library

  • Young Writer’s Workshop

  • North Carolina Christian Writers Conference 2019

  • North Georgia Christian Writers Conference 2019

  • Write 2 Ignite 2019

  • Ohio Christian Writers Conference 2019

  • High Point Christian Academy (scheduled)

  • Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference 2020 (scheduled)


In the past, Tessa’s story of publication was picked up by the Associated Press and distributed in over thirty print publications across the country and overseas. (Links and specifics are no longer available.)



  • Member of American Christian Fiction Writers

  • Member of The Christian Pen



"Tessa offers a glance at the complex and all-too-commonly dysfunctional nature of relationships--to self, to family and peers--especially as we're learning to navigate the world on our own. Nimbly, she also interweaves hope amidst suffering; promise amidst frustration; restoration and wholeness among chaos and confusion; and endurance and vibrance among the throes of life. Purple Moon feels like the perfect side-hug to my teenage self, which reassures me I'm not alone, but knows I'm highly hormonal and not in the mood to romanticize life's messes."

- Alyson Stoner, actress, Cheaper By the Dozen, Step Up, Camp Rock


"It is very rare to find someone as inspiring as Tessa is in terms of writing and faith. I absolutely loved having her speak at USCA’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry. Her testimony on how God can use your dreams and gifts for His glory is something that I believe that everyone, especially students, need to hear. Her journey with God and writing has spurred me on to not only chase after my dreams, but to tackle them to the ground."

- David Corder, USC Aiken college student

Creative Writing workshops--

"I gained a multitude of valuable information to take with me in pursuing my passion. I'd highly recommend this for any student interested in creative writing!"

- Taylor, 17

Write Now: Creative Writing Teen Mentorship--

"Tessa Emily Hall is a brilliant writer, editor, and mentor. She has not only taught me how to prepare my work for traditional publication but has provided continuous support, advice, and feedback. Excellent writers need excellent mentors—Tessa Emily Hall is one of the best accessible resources in today’s market and will help you transform your manuscript into a sellable product."

- Caroline George, teen author of The Primeway Program

Writing conferences--

"I was impressed with Tessa's show don't tell workshop at the Ohio Christian Writer's Conference. Her presentation was clear and concise. She made it easier to understand the topic. Her pleasant personality made me feel comfortable  asking individual questions after the formal presentation was over." - OHCWC attendee

"At the the beginning of the hour spent in Tessa's 'Mastering the Variations of Show vs. Tell' I cringed uncomfortably, thinking she must be speaking directly to me--reminding me of what I already knew...I was becoming a lazy writer. Throughout the workshop, though, she worked to show us just how easy it is to spot our laziness and then use strong verbs and concrete nouns to strengthen our storytelling. I left feeling encouraged and capable." - OHCWC attendee

"As a workshop leader, Tessa teaches then empowers. By delicately pointing out common writing flaws and practicing a plan for correction, she gives writers the permission to be better. I left Tessa's workshop knowing that tomorrow my writing would be stronger than yesterday." - OHCWC attendee

"I recently attended a YA Fiction workshop by Tessa Hall and am glad that I joined in the discussion. She knows exactly what Christian teens are wanting to hear. She had plenty of information and certainly does her research well. I'm a YA Fantasy writer and even though she doesn't do Fantasy I still have gathered valuable information from her that I will put to use in the future of my writing." - OHCWC attendee

"Tessa's 'YA Christian Fiction' workshop was very informative and challenged me to consider writing fiction, even though I'm generally a non-fiction writer. Her accomplishments at such a young age are very impressive, and her willingness to share knowledge with others is a true gift. Looking forward to attending more of her workshops!"  – Debby Dever, OCWC2017



Email Tessa directly at TessaEmilyHall (at) Gmail (dot) com, or you can connect with her agent at Cyle (at) HartlineLiterary (dot) com.


Tessa is represented by Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency.