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Rediscovering the Authentic Self
by Jess C. Scott

Thanks so much for having me today, Katherine!

Teen Guide to Sex and Relationships is a non-fiction book I co-authored with Matt Posner. It's an advice book that answers the important and confusing questions young people have about their bodies and their hearts.

Matt sees teens in emotional and sexual difficulty in his daily work as a teacher. I write about sex and relationships, and often hear from readers who relate to the themes in my stories.

Our goal with Teen Guide is to guide teens to a better understanding of their bodies and their feelings. A person needs to be well-informed in order to make clear-minded, well-thought-out decisions when it comes to something as complex as love and sex.

As a writer of relationship-based fiction, I believe in the importance of discovering the authentic self. As a teen, I used to journal voraciously in order to get in touch with myself (I still do, but not as often as during my teens). I enjoyed keeping a diary because I enjoyed the healing, self-discovery, and "creative flow" the process offered.

To be one's authentic self gives a grounded yet liberated sense of being, where a person is confident in their abilities, who they are, and what they want to do in life. Being free and honest with oneself brings a healthy level of self-esteem that can't be bought. Self-esteem that comes from within is very different from self-esteem that comes from external factors (such as "plastic surgery" to improve one's looks so that one "feels good").

This is why Matt and I wrote Teen Guide in a direct and no-nonsense manner. We wanted to provide a sex education guide that was honest, insightful and informative. We wanted to provide something authentic to combat cultural and/or gender stereotypes and reveal the truth underneath the messages the media sends about love and sex, which aren't necessarily (1) grounded in fact, or (2) positive messages for people to emulate.

Above all, we hope the book helps readers become aware of their own personal attitudes and behaviors, when it comes to tough issues with love and sex.

After all, a person's sexual being is a big part of their identity. How is a person supposed to enjoy healthy and authentic relationships with others, if they're not really in touch with their deepest self?

About the Author:
Jess is an author/artist/non-conformist who’s dedicated to writing original stories that are both meaningful and entertaining. She writes in a variety of genres including erotic fiction, urban fantasy, young adult fiction, cyberpunk, and poetry. Jess is also the founder of jessINK, an innovative publishing company that focuses on substance over short-term success with current fads and marketing hype.

More Info/Excerpts: Teen Guide (co-authored by Matt Posner and Jess C Scott):

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