Motown Author Feature~Tenita Johnson

Creative and innovative are understatements when it comes to describing her work. Well-known for transforming others’ thoughts and ideas into written masterpieces, her writing style has catapulted her into a creative writing success for over 15 years. But through perfecting the craft of writing, Tenita Johnson realized her keen eye for spelling and grammatical errors would not only lead her into a career as an editor, but enable her to start her own writing and editing business, So It Is Written LLC.

Tenita’s passion for writing helped aid her in choosing to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she received a Bachelor of Journalism with an emphasis in News/Editorial. Her internship at the Columbia Missourian as not only a reporter, but also as a copy editor, helped hone her writing and editing skills to successfully compete in today’s journalistic and writing industries. Through her visionary writing, Tenita seeks to inspire and uplift others when they seem to have hope lost.

100 Words of Encouragement: Tidbits of Inspiration, her debut book, not only offers hope to make it through the current state of this economy, but to persevere through any trying situation one may encounter in everyday life. This written compilation of daily words of encouragement also emphasizes the belief that if you can condition your mind to think positively, eventually your circumstances will follow. But Tenita’s success is surely not only measured by her own.

Through her So It Is Written LLC, she helps authors around the nation perfect their manuscripts and successfully complete the publishing process. She also offers professional biographies, press releases and proposals, creating distinct brand images for authors long before their books hit the shelves. Together with her education, poise and charisma, she seeks to not only become a better writer and entrepreneur herself, but even more so, she seeks to help other authors bring their visions and dreams to manifestation. For speaking engagements or to purchase your copy of 100 Words of Encouragement, please visit or email

Read below to find out more about author Tenita C. Johnson!

Where are you from?

Chicago, IL

Tell us your latest news?

I am looking to launch my 2nd book in the summer of 2013 titled When the Smoke Clears, the story of my life, told from the other side of victory.

When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing in high school. Both for my school yearbook as well as to release anger and hurt.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I had several published articles in college.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I was unemployed and began to send out emails of inspiration to 5 friends. One of them suggested that I not only keep them, but make them into a book. So I did.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I write to encourage and uplift.

How did you come up with the title?

I sent 100 emails and Googled if 100 Words of Encouragement was taken and it wasn’t. So it was pretty simple!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, the message is always don’t give up, don’t quit, don’t throw in the towel…without the preached Word.
How much of the book is realistic?

Most of it, if not all of it, are real-life accounts of times in my life where I felt down, but pulled myself up again.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

My own real life
What books have most influenced your life?

The Bible, Rev Run’s Words of Wisdom

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Steve Harvey, because he writes the real and doesn’t sugarcoat anything.

What book are you reading now?

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Tonia Carter

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My Greater Grace Temple church family

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes most definitely!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in  your latest book?

I would change the inside layout and have a professional designer design the pages and I would remove the Bible verses.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Offering ways for people to cope or overcome obstacles in life, when sometimes I am still struggling with those things myself.

Who designed the covers?

Rochelle Mann of Mann Made

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Fear that it is not good enough, it is not from God and fear that Bible scholars would challenge me.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Start marketing 6 months in advance. Hire a professional editor and even still, review the edited copy before going to final print. Don’t order 500 or 100 copies in case you do find an error. Launch your website BEFORE the book comes out and take pre-orders.

Author & Book Info:

100 Words of Encouragement: Tidbits of Inspiration

Author Website:

Amazon Link:100 Words of Encouragement Amazon Page

Facebook Link: 100 Words of Encouragement

Twitter Link: TenitaJohnson

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