5 Questions With…Toneal Jackson

Here’s the next author interview in our series–Toneal Jackson…

Toneal Jackson

1. How did you wind up a writer?

As a child, my family moved a lot. I found writing to be one of the very few consistencies in my life. I used it as a positive outlet to express myself and convey my feelings. It just remained a passion.

2. Was the road to being a writer what you expected? Why or why not?

Not really, because I never expected to be an author. Writing has always been something I did for personal gratification and release. So when I had my first book, Pleasing Your Partner: A Spiritual Guide to H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S. released, it changed my entire perspective of the craft.

3. What has been your best moment or biggest accomplishment as a writer?

In the short time since my book was published in September 2010, I’ve actually had a few. I think the best moment was just seeing by words compiled into a finished product; I’ll never forget the feeling of seeing the galley for the first time. The biggest moments were when I was ranked #3 as the National Black Book Festival’s 2011 Best New Author, and having actor Isaiah Washington send me an email saying how he enjoyed my book, and then tweet about it!

4. What has been your most difficult moment?

The most difficult moment was learning, via trial and error, the most beneficial types of events in which to participate.

5. Can you share your top piece of writing advice with Freelance-Zone readers?

Despite anyone else’s critiques-Be true to yourself, your vision, and your dream.

BIO: Queen of multi-tasking, Toneal serves in various capacities:

As an Author/Motivational Speaker, Toneal attends numerous events nationwide presenting her book, Pleasing Your Partner: A Spiritual Guide to H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S., and rendering seminars to attendees.

Thus far, she has been ranked #3 for the National Black Book Festival’s 2011 Best New Author Award. She was featured in the April and May editions of NBBF News.

As a radio talk show host, Toneal’s goal is to partner with as many inspirational leaders possible to encourage and empower others by reinforcing a positive message for a positive world.

She is a member of the Chicago Writers Association (CWA), as well as the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). Toneal was chosen to be featured in the NAPW Chicago Chapters’ “Members in the Spotlight”.