Tysha is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and grew up on the same gritty streets she speaks of in her urban tales. Her love of reading began in the fourth grade when her first poem was published in a hometown newspaper. During her high school years, Tysha’s English teacher discovered her talent for writing and encouraged her to utilize her gift. After graduating from high school Tysha’s lot in life was altered and by age twenty-one, she was a single mother of two. Jobs were scarce in the poverty stricken city and Tysha found it impossible to live off of her monthly welfare allotment. In order to take care of her boys, Tysha began two hustles; braiding hair and playing a small role in the drug scene. Fortunately, Tysha has been able to leave the drug game behind and enter the literary scene. Tysha describes her works as fiction with a bit of truth peppered in. Her storylines originate from her life experiences, dreams and some let downs. In addition to entertaining, Tysha hopes to send a message to her readers about various issues resonating throughout the African-American community.
Tysha currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and their blended family of three boys and one girl. Her first published work, “BOSSY” is featured in Street Chronicles – Girls In The Game. Tysha’s novel, “THE BOSS . . . a story of a female hustler,” will be released in February 2008 through Urban Books. She has just finished up work on “Keepin’ it in the Family”, her contribution to the Around the Way Girls 5 anthology. Tysha will also be releasing a novel by the same title.
Tysha also pens contemporary and chick lit tales under the name TyshaMichelle. Look for her contribution to the Christian Fiction anthology; Even Sinners Have Souls 2 with a short story titled, “Ghetto Luv” in the near future.