Monday, 18 April 2016

Author Interview | Contessa Jackson | My Tesstimony

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

Yes, I edit and proofread my own books.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

I would love to see Jada Pinckett or Sanaa Lathan to portray me in my book My TESStimony.

What genre are your books?

My books are self-help, motivational, inspirational, etiquette and manners.

What are you working on at the minute?

Currently, I am working on my next manuscript, The Royal Experience—Everyday Etiquette and Modern Day CourTESSy.

So, what have you written?

I've only written books My TESStimony and The Royal Experience—Everyday Etiquette and Modern Day CourTESSy, blogs, and articles.

Where can we buy or see them?

You can find my blogs on my website:

My eBook and hard copy can be found on Amazon Kindle, Amazon and Barnes and Nobles website.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Well, I am very adventurous and I love to learn. I am really a lawyer by nature. I live by the mantras “can’t give up now” and “there’s nothing too hard for God.” I am the CEO & Owner of Exclusively By Tess, LLC, a full-service event planning firm. I am an entrepreneur, team builder, author, civic leader, product specialist, mentor, visionary, mastermind, speaker, educator, and new blog series – Tessology Tuesdays. I have worked behind the scenes at the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards and BET Hip Hop Awards, just to name a few. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision, a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and am a Certified Specialist in Event & Party Planning. I also have non-profit organization entitled Teacher’s PETS Inc. In addition, I have a perfume line, Impress with Tess. The signature fragrances, Gold Roller and Eau De Parfum, open immediately with opulent essences of tobacco leaf and aromatic spice notes. The heart unfolds with creamy vanilla and cocoa and finishes with dry fruit accord enriched with sweet wood sap. It celebrates youth and femininity in its top notes that bring the aquatic nuances with pure and sharp notes of water lily, apple, freshly-sweet mandarin and apricot.

What were you like at school?

I was popular and outgoing. I ran for many student and class positions and won the. I was also runner up for the elementary pageant. I was the captain of the cheerleader squad, on the step team, played basketball, I was also in gymnastics for one year, I played the clarinet in the band and was in the school choir.

Were you good at English?

To be honest, the subject English was a struggle for me, but I read often and I believe by reading as much as I did really helped me to better in English. My English teachers were very strict, and I learned so much from them.

What’s it about?

The girl who manages to present herself with confidence and poise in her everyday life will be seen as a girl who matters, not only to herself, but to others. Everyday Etiquette and Modern Day CourTESSy will equip girls with the social graces and self-presentation skills that will enable them to feel confident in all of the situations in which they find themselves. It was created to help launch poised, polished, and elegant young ladies into a successful pattern for life. Every girl wants to look and feel beautiful. Teen girls discover beauty is not just something you ‘paint on’, but something that is developed from within. Competence in appearance and etiquette translates into strong confidence in life. Knowing how to present one’s self at school, a party, an important event, or a business setting is vitally important today. Girls will practice proper skin care, hygiene awareness, posture, nail care, communication skills, a positive attitude, writing thank you notes, managing time, and setting goals. In addition, they will learn how to build a wardrobe on a budget, how to fold and wash clothes, how to clean and cook, how to plan a successful party, phone etiquette, how to host, and set a table. The instructional end of the session’s banquet four-course meal will allow girls an opportunity to put what they have learned into practice and are definite highlights of this program. Mastery of these skills is a life process.

Meet the characters of my book…Courteous Carli and Etiquette Elly

Facebook: Twitter: @Mytesstimony

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Amazon Author Page: Contessa Jackson 
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