Meet Tressa “Azarel” Smallwood, author and CEO of Life Changing Books. Azarel comes to the publishing world as a former teacher and native of North Carolina. She received her BS degree from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Bowie State University in 1999. Her love for writing sparked a career change in 2002. She resigned from her teaching tenure in the Prince George's County public school system to fulfill her dream of becoming an author. After writing her first novel, 'A Life to Remember," written in an attempt to help change lives of young men, Azarel launched her own publishing company, Life Changing Books (LCB).
Now with over thirty-one titles published to date, LCB is one of the most well known and successful independently owned African-American publishing companies in the publishing industry. Many titles produced by Azarel have continuously topped the charts on the national Essence Best sellers' list and many national book store chains, including her own titles Bruised 1 and 2, and Daddy's House.
Although Azarel publishes a wide variety of adult fiction, her
title roster includes 'Teenage Bluez" an urban series of books
for teens. Teenage Bluez is designed to capture the hearts of
teens across America by providing them with entertaining stories
in a positive manner.
As a wife, and mother of two Azarel enjoys spending time with family and friends and lending support to those in need. By mentoring teens and speaking at shelters for abused women she continues to achieve that goal.
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