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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Toneal M. Jackson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA Non-Fiction Other Poetry

Born: 1980 in Chicago, IL


Illinois Connection

I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I graduated from DePaul University where I received my bachelors degree in Communication with a Spanish minor. I received my Master degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix Chicago campus.

Biographical and Professional Information

International Award-Winning Author & Inspiration Specialist Toneal Jackson has written relationship books, children’s books, books on effective communication, as well as those geared to inspire. Though a native of Chicago, her titles have been featured in various cities throughout the country including Detroit, Dayton, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Kansas, Memphis, and Miami. In 2011, she ranked #3 as the National Black Book Festival's Best New Author. Her relationship book, Pleasing Your Partner: A Spiritual Guide to H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S. was celebrated at the 2011 Dayton Book Expo. Toneal served as a seminar speaker for the 2011 Ultimate Women's Expo in Dallas, TX. She was featured in the 2011-2012 Global Directory of Who’s Who.In 2012, Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier featured her in their “Celebrating Authors” exhibit throughout African-American Heritage Month; later that year, CBS Chicago recognized her as one of "5 Indie Chicago Authors and Publishers to Watch Out For". In 2013, Toneal appeared as a guest on The Exchange TV Show; she was later featured in the June issue of Promoting Purpose Magazine. She was nominated for the 2013 BWABC’s Female Author of the Year. Toneal received the Silver Medal from the 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.Toneal is the founder of Authors Promoting Success, a company that offers not only mentorship, but specializes in all things literary to assist aspiring, novice and seasoned authors build, brand, and boost their business.Additionally, she serves as a member of Chicago Writers Association; is a motivational speaker, life coach, licensed evangelist, and youth leader. She hosts her own radio show, Inspirational Talk with Toneal, which airs Tuesdays on Blog Talk Radio.Toneal has been married for over a decade, and credited with raising more than 10 children. She received her Bachelor's degree in Communication with a Spanish minor from DePaul University. She obtained her Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

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Titles At Your Library


-- *Readers' Favorite International Book Award Silver Medal, ''Inspiration from A.B.O.V.E.'' *Best New Author - 3rd place, ''Pleasing Your Partner