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 led 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, COFFEE SHOP DEVOS, 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.
Tessa is represented by Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency.
Hi, I'm tessa.
I am twenty-three and have a passion for Jesus and telling stories.
When I was a kid, I begged my mom to publish my books. 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 worked. And how to write a decent story. (Ones that weren't about a kid who bought a colorful dolphin from a pet store and released it in her backyard pond.)
I believe in dreaming big. In making the most of your youth. In pursuing your passions.
This is what lead me to venture into a writing conference at sixteen years old. It is there that I met my soon-to-be-publisher.
Three years later, my novel, PURPLE MOON, was published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.
Since then, I have faced my fear of public speaking (an introvert's worst nightmare), and have spoken to teens at schools, libraries, and homeschool groups, encouraging them to discover their passions. To tap into their potential. And to pursue the impossible.
Growing up, I was drawn towards the stories that were inspiring, yet heartbreaking. Clean, yet real. Stories that I could relate with, because they didn't shy away from the important issues of life. Ones that gave me hope and reminded me that I was never alone.
Because these stories -- the ones that speak of heartaches and painful pasts and challenging seasons -- that's life. Yet, just like the characters in my books, it's what we learn through these trials that enable us to become the person we were meant to be, building towards an ending that only God could have penned for our lives.
And, to quote Selena from Purple Moon:
"Without the dark, we'd never see the stars.
There also would be no use for the moon if there was never a night."
If you're interested in reading more about my writing journey, click here for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Also, make sure to check out my blog, Christ is Write. I post book updates, writing rambles, and encouragement for teens, just like you, who are also striving to pursue the impossible.