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BIO

Tessa Emily Hall writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show teens they’re not alone. Her passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens lead her to a career as an Associate Agent at Hartline Literary Agency, YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and Founder/Editor of PursueMagazine.net. Tessa's first teen devotional will release with Bethany House in 2018. She's guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, decorating her insulin pump, and acting in Christian films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: www.tessaemilyhall.com. 

 

AUTHOR HEADSHOTS

BOOK COVERS

 

 

AWARDS

  • 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

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

PUBLISHING CREDITS

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

  • Author of Unwritten Melody (Clean Reads, 2016) 

  • Columnist at Broken But Priceless Magazine

  • Pursue Magazine Vo. 1 - Releasing April 2017

  • Breaking the Chains compiled by Katy Kauffman - Releasing with Lighthouse Bible Studies April 2017

  • 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

BOOKS

  • 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

MEDIA HOOKS & SUGGESTED INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  • 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?

SPEAKING/TEACHING

  • 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 (June 2017)

MEDIA COVERAGE

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.)

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Member of American Christian Fiction Writers

ENDORSEMENTS

On PURPLE MOON--

"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

Speaking--

"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

CONNECT WITH TESSA - CONTACT LINKS

CONTACT

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

REPRESENTATION

Tessa is represented by Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency.