Tessa and the Tease

“… tackles an important subject and introduces a wonderful technique that can help children overcome bullying while positively changing their relationships.”

“This book is such a terrific tool for everyone who might read it.  I love the concept of finding colors in everyone and changing the way you see them, no matter what your past relationship has been.”


Stabbed With A Pretzel

Amy Syd’s book “Stabbed With A Pretzel” was self-published in 2013 and is available on Amazon. It is a wonderful collection of heartwarming and thought-provoking poems and lyrics.  Subjects include love, relationships, friendship, self-discovery and inspiration.

Where did the idea of Tessa and the Tease come from?

When my daughter was in 4th grade, a boy in her class started calling her names.  He called her “a jerk”.  She came home from school that day in tears and told me about it.  We talked over the problem and I suggested that next time he did that, she should give him a compliment!  Sure enough, it happened again.  And my daughter said, “Well – you are…you are…a nice boy!”  His jaw dropped and he said, “What?”  “You’re a nice boy,” she said.  And he never called her a name again.

What inspired “Stabbed with a Pretzel”?

I started writing poems when I was growing up, mostly to create birthday cards and Mother’s and Father’s Day cards for my parents.  I loved writing poems.  And by the time, I was 13, I began keeping a journal.  I found it was a wonderful way to express my feelings without worrying about what other people might think.  My first poem was written on the day the mother of a friend died.  It made me very sad.  I sat at my bedroom window looking out on one of our big oak trees and wrote my feelings down on paper. It was very healing, but I also found wisdom in my writings.  I hope others find something in this book that touches them in a profound way.