Jewel Tyler always knew she would become an author and the love of reading inevitably directed her path. A native of Washington, D.C., Jewel spent her younger years giving back to the community through a Youth Arts organization, Pamoja, she founded. She left D.C. in 1989 to pursue a fashion design career in Los Angeles, California. Jewel obtained her Doctor of Naturopathy degree in January 2015. She is currently running an online custom designed/handmade jewelry web store called Exclusively Yours.
Jewel spent the last twenty years in several successful fields. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her into several successful business ventures. She opened a chain of Exclusively Yours stores on the east and west coast - featuring handmade aromatherapy products, clothing and jewelry. She continued her fashion design career in the entertainment world as an image consultant to new and existing recording artists. Jewel maintains several blogs online with subjects regarding spirituality, natural alternative healing and the empowerment of women. She is the founder of the ‘WakeUp Girlfriend’ group on Facebook; a discussion group focusing on how to overcome domestic violence and matters of the heart.
Through everything, Jewel never lost the dream to write and when the Lord called her in 2005 to "put pen to paper" regarding her walk with him, she answered by penning her intimate journey with God in the form of a book. The Skin I’m In – An Intimate Journey With God is the first in a series of books Jewel has published.
Jewel has received numerous certificates over the years as a guest lecturer for colleges and universities. Her awards include nods from the late Mayor Tom Bradley, Michael Woo as well as Maxine Waters in Los Angeles, for her successful fashion design business and youth outreach programs. Jewel was spotlighted in ‘Book Writing Magazine’ and also a guest on ‘The Write Stuff’ radio talk show. Jewel has received a five star review from ‘Readers Favorite’ for The Skin I’m In.
Writing "The Skin I'm In" was one of the most difficult tasks I have ever set out to do. Delving back through my past and reliving experiences I would have much preferred to stay as a lost memory. To fully express exactly what I was going through when being raped, or being beaten by the men in my life was not easy.
I believe the most challenging portion of the book to write was about my brother's deaths. Digging through old newspaper articles that explained explicit details of how my brother was murdered took months to put pen to paper.
However, I realized that every time someone new would cross my path and I would minister to them I was constantly referring to stories in my book about my testimony and how I overcame my adversities. I knew I had to stop procrastinating and finish the book. I have laughed, cried, walked away from the project to only return realizing I had to give God the glory for everything I made it through. I know the book is anointed because many have stepped up to the task of assisting me with editing, only to find themselves under spiritual attack and they walked away.
It has been such a wonderful feeling being contacted directly by readers, expressing how my book has and is blessing them! Now that makes all the work, tears, joys and sorrows it took to complete the book worth everything I went through to write the book.