Interview with Tesha

How do you approach cover design?
I allow the creativity of my publisher and his designer after giving the color and title of the Book. I get to choose from three designs. Do not judge a book by its cover is an old adage. Therefore, I like my readers to critically wonder about my choice. Thus, even the cover should be a conversation piece.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Aesop Fables are my first set of stories. Certainly, these remain inspirational and they stirred change in me even as a child. Thus, The Fox and the Crow stands out as an all -time favorite. The message is powerful. I am not easily flattered.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Me and My Big Mouth by Joyce Meyer. This is when I believe that God started to work through me and teach me the value of words. They have life and death in them. We are to use words to heal and not hurt.

2. Good to Great by Jim Collins- This book is totally against mediocrity. I like this fact! We are designed to be excellent!

3.Escape to Last Man Peak by Jean D'Costa- It is a beautiful story that highlights orphans (children) and their journey through my beautiful country. It highlights the parishes and aspects of my culture. It was my first literature book in high school so it holds a special place in my heart.

4. Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen -It is really inspiring and full of hope.
5. The Five Love Languages Series by Gary Chapman- Chapman's books educate me and help me to help others after understanding myself.
What do you read for pleasure?
Devotionals.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindles
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
It is hard to say at this point but word of mouth seems to be working at this point, social media like Whatsapp follow.
Describe your desk
It is filled with books that I read. It has many files from researches or things to accomplish.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Manchester, Jamaica, then Kingston. I am not sure if the place where I grew up had influence on my writing. I just know that I always want to encourage and teach through the written word.
When did you first start writing?
As a child, I wrote many letters to my grandmother and to my friends. Of course, there were no cellphones at that time. However, at my church, I was Editor-in-Chief for a newsletter of the youth department. I absolutely enjoyed that ministry. Following that, I was Editor for a magazine and I also wrote for a local newspaper for about two years. I interviewed children ( with their parents' permission) and wrote about their experiences of faith.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was inspired to encourage parents, teachers, child development professionals after visiting child development centers in the DR in 2010. The work that they do is invaluable but sometimes they become disheartened. This is also a management tool for their ministries.
Published 2016-08-25.
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Books by This Author

Broken for Service: 31 Daily Devotional Reflections for Child Development Professionals
Price: $4.99 $3.74 USD. (25% off!) Words: 11,490. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Education / Children & Youth, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Children
These devotions will encourage you to maintain or start your relationship with Jesus Christ and serve Him by serving children. The author believes that God is breaking her ideals and is replacing them with God-visions, lest the people perish. The devotions are simple yet profound, practical, but deeply spiritual. They will inspire and enrich your life in a very awesome way!