A native of Chicago, Toneal M. Jackson was born April 12, 1980. She graduated Valedictorian from Fenger Academy in 1997. Toneal received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a Spanish minor from DePaul University in June 2001. That December, she married her best friend, Jerome. In November 2002, Toneal gave birth to her first daughter, Autumn. In December 2004, the couple welcomed another daughter, Areana. January 2006, she birthed yet another daughter, Angele; a final daughter, Jeriah was born October 2008.
In 2009, Toneal returned to the academic stage in pursuit of her Masters degree in Business Administration, which she received from the University of Phoenix in 2011. Throughout this course of time, Toneal wrote her first book, Pleasing Your Partner: A Spiritual Guide to H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S., a title where she was able to employ her own marital experiences to draw wisdom and content. She ranked #3 as National Black Book Festival’s 2011 Best New Author.
Her daughters served as inspiration for her children’s titles, Four Girls: A Lot of Choices, and Four Girls Learn Their Colors.
Since 2011, Toneal has written ten books – two of which are award-winning; founded a literary organization, Authors Promoting Success; established her own imprint, APS Publishing; started APS Writers Society, a group that teaches what it takes to become a successful authorpreneur; opened a bookstore, APS Books & More; and created APS Book Awards – “THE Book Awards for Self-Published Authors”. Soon, she will launch APS Radio, the station “Always Playing Something” to educate, empower and entertain!
As an International Award-Winning Author, Toneal has written relationship books, children’s books, books on effective communication, as well as those geared to inspire. Her titles have been featured in various cities throughout the country including Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Dayton, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas, Memphis, and Miami.
In 2011, she won her first National honor as an author for the National Black Book Festival. In 2012, CBS Chicago recognized her as one of “5 Indie Chicago Authors and Publishers to Watch Out For”. In 2013, she was nominated for Black Writers and Book Clubs’ Female Author of the Year. Later that year, she won the Silver Medal in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, which established her as an International Award-Winning Author. In 2016, she served on a literary panel at Chicago’s Black Women’s Expo alongside James Humphries, Selena Cherry, and Omar Tyree.
Although she doesn’t do it for the accolades, Toneal has met many people and garnered much success along her literary journey.
Some of her accomplishments include:
Ranking #3 as the National Black Book Festival’s Best New Author in 2011.
Being a seminar speaker for the Ultimate Women’s Expo in Dallas, TX in 2011.
Being honored by Chicago’s Children Museum in Navy Pier during their African-American Heritage month in 2012.
Gaining recognition from CBS Chicago as one of “5 Indie Chicago Authors and Publishers to Watch Out For” in 2012.
Appearing as a guest on The Exchange TV Show in Kansas in 2013.
Receiving the Silver Medal in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards in 2013.
Hosting the Literary Cafe at the Black Women’s Expo in 2015.
Acquiring recognition as being one of “18 Most Powerful Women on the South Side” [of Chicago] in 2015.
Being inducted into the 40 Under 40 Young Women Professionals League in 2016.
Above all of this, Toneal considers her greatest achievements as being a successful wife and mother.
She proudly states, “The other accomplishments mean nothing without my husband and my girls. Everything I do, I do for them”!