Professional Bio



Tessa Emily Hall is an award-winning author who writes inspirational yet authentic books to show teens they’re not alone. Her first teen devotional, COFFEE SHOP DEVOS, will release with Bethany House September 2018. Tessa's passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as an Associate Agent for Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency, Literary Agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite, YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and Founder/Editor of 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 art journals, 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:

Tessa is represented by Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency.


hi, i'm tessa. 

Twentysomething. Jesus lover. Author for teens. Literary agent. YA acquisitions editor. Coffee enthusiast. Bookworm. 

Those are just a few words people use to describe me. But really, I'm just a girl who loves to write. A girl who loves a good story. A girl who just wants to share the love of Jesus and encourage girls to pursue the abundant life God has written for them. 

I'm a big believer in chasing after those God-inspired dreams. In making the most of your youth. Pursuing your passions. 

My love for storytelling began when I was three years old. Before I could write, I dictated my first story, "The Colorful Dolphin", to my mom.

I continued scribbling stories throughout my childhood, meanwhile begging my mom to publish my books for me. Apparently, she didn't think "The Colorful Dolphin" was good enough to be published (I can't imagine why).

Finally, at 15-years-old, I decided to take matters into my own hands and learn how the whole publishing industry thing worked.   

This is what led me to venture into a writing conference at sixteen years old. It's there that I met my soon-to-be-publisher--and three years later, my debut YA novel, PURPLE MOON, was published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

Now, I spend my days helping other writers achieve their publication dreams in my roles as a literary agent and YA Acquisitions Editor. I also run a Christian magazine for teens, titled PURSUE Magazine, to encourage teens to make the most of their youth by pursuing God and pursuing their calling. 

In my spare time, I create way too many lattes, struggle with book ADD, attempt to do pilates daily, dream of autumn, create art journals, paint my insulin pump, and drown myself in dark chocolate and peanut butter. (Okay, that might be a little stretch of the truth. But it's pretty close.)

I'm also passionate about helping other writers along their quest toward publication. So if you're a writer as well, head over to my blog, Christ is Write, where you'll find instruction and encouragement for young or aspiring writers. You can also check out my critique service or Write Now mentorship program.

I'd love to get to know you as well! Please feel free to reach out to me on social media or through my newsletter. And in the meantime ... keep pursuing Him!