about the author
Tessa Emily Hall is an award-winning author who wrote her debut novel when she was sixteen. She is now a multi-published author of both fiction and non-fiction inspirational yet authentic books for teens, including her upcoming release, LOVE YOUR SELFIE (October 2020, Ellie Claire). Her 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.
Tessa is 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, teaching at writing conferences, coaching young writers, and acting in Christian films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is to connect with readers is on her mailing list, social media, and website.
Describe Love Your Selfie.
T: Encouraging girls to embrace their unique potential to further God’s Kingdom.
B: That’s a wonderful encouragement!
Share your inspiration behind Love Your Selfie.
T: This book was written from a state of vulnerability. When I was a teen, I often battled feelings of self-shame—feeling as though I didn’t measure up and anger toward myself for not being “more like everyone else.” But as I drew closer to Christ in a personal relationship, my identity became transformed into who He says I am. It’s through this love that I began to rise up in godly confidence and embrace the unique way He created me. I realized that God is intentional with His design for each of us: He has given us gifts and traits that can help us to fulfill our individual role in furthering His Kingdom.
With that being said, I wrote Love Your Selfie with my teen self in mind. I asked myself, What did I need to hear at this age? What are biblically based challenges and activities that could have helped me to overcome this self-shame?
B: Isn’t it awesome that God has all the answers we’ll ever need?!
What are some of the challenges you faced while writing Love Your Selfie?
T: The main challenge I faced while writing, and promoting, this release involves the overall theme of the book. Embracing self-acceptance/love can become a slippery slope that can potentially lead to pride and selfishness, and that is certainly not the message I hope to preach amongst girls! This is why I made a continuous effort to keep the devotions immersed in prayer and grounded in Scripture while I wrote.
I believe that the world has twisted the message of self-love so much that, now, many Christians automatically assume this is not a biblical concept. That’s why we often refrain from encouraging girls to learn how to love the way God has created them. And I get it. After all, we are called to walk like Christ—in complete humility, selfless love, and dead to our flesh.
But what about those girls who, like my former teen self, are chained to the bondage of insecurity and self-shame? They need to know the truth: Jesus has paid a huge price to grant them freedom. It’s difficult to walk in freedom when you feel paralyzed by insecurity!
I know, from experience, how paralyzing this struggle can be. Insecurity caused me to hide myself in shame when I should have been like “a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden” (Matt. 5:14). It kept me silent when I should have spoken up for Christ. This is why I am passionate about encouraging girls to embrace the unique way God has created them—because when they learn to accept themselves, they will then rise up in boldness and confidence. They will be encouraged to discover the unique gifts and strengths God has given them, all of which should be used for the purpose of spreading His Kingdom.
B: It’s so easy to fall into the same trap over and over. Fortunately, God is always here to pull us back out!
What is your next release and/or what are you working on now?
T: My agent is currently shopping around my latest YA fiction manuscript around to publishers, so hopefully, I will have bookish news soon! (God-willing, of course.) As of lately, I have been working on writing the screenplay for my first YA novel, Purple Moon. Screenwriting is a completely different craft than novel writing, but it’s been exciting for me to learn how to translate this story onto the screen!
B: Congratulations! How exciting!
Do you have any writing quirks? (snacking, cozy socks, post-its, etc.)
One word: Coffee. 😉 I have always been a coffee fanatic, and there is something cozy about working on a book while sipping on a creativity- and word-count-igniting latte. I’ll never understand how non-coffee-drinking authors reach their deadlines without it!
B: That stuff fuels more books than anything! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us, Tessa!
about the book
Love Your Selfie by Tessa Emily Hall
Publisher: Ellie Claire Gifts
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Genre: Teen/Young Adult Devotional
God loves the real you-without filters, followers, or fabulous backdrops! This glittery devotional journal helps teens find their inner sparkle so they can love themselves.
The truth is: the Creator of the Universe stamped His approval on you far before anyone ever had the chance to disapprove. In this 52-week devotional journal, you will be guided through a journey of embracing the unique way you were created. Author Tessa Emily Hall shares her personal struggles of dealing with insecurity and self-shame as a teen, then she invites you to reflect on the weekly message through journal prompts and social media challenges. You will be taken on a journey to understand what Scripture says about your identity, discover how you can tap into your God-given potential, and learn to love who you are inside.
Ellie Claire’s LeatherLuxe® material is given new glittery life in this stunning journal with full-color interior design. The rich feel of leather is finished with round corners to make this journal an extraordinary gift for any time of year.
Premium, thick, acid-free, non-bleed paper
Guided journal from a teen for teens
Lightly-ruled space for notes and reflections
Presentation page for personalization
LeatherLuxe® binding with NEW glitter finish that doesn’t rub off
(1) winner will receive a book-inspired prize package including an autographed copy of Love Your Selfie, InnerSparkle coffee blend sample from the book, book swag, prayer journal, pink glitter nail polish, lip gloss, facial mask, etc.!
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