USA Today bestselling author, Jaid Black, is the nom de
plume of publishing magnate Tina M. Engler. The owner
and founder of Elloraâ€™s Cave Publishing and Cerridwen
Press, she also writes novels
for Pocketbooks. Tina has been featured
in every available media, from Forbes magazine
to major newspapers like the
Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Washington Post,
and the LA Times, to various radio
programs, to TV spots on Fox News and the Montel Williams
In addition to her publishing background, Tina holds
controlling shares in Jasmine-Jade Enterprises, Gothik
Grounds (a coffee store chain), Brannon-Engler
Properties, and the upcoming, upscale Awbridge, Hanwell, & Hartley,
which specializes in books and upper end art. She was a self-made millionaire
by age 30 and a multi-millionaire by age 32, but life
wasnâ€™t always so generous for "The Queen of Steam".
Pregnant at 17, Tina spent eight years in poverty while she
cared for her daughter, attended college, and worked. As
a former welfare recipient, she is angered by the
anti-woman stance that the United States government has
since taken against moms who need public assistance.
Tina considers herself, as well as the plethora of other
welfare moms sheâ€™s met in the past, living proof of the
fact that helping women climb out of poverty benefits
everyone in society, not just those receiving the aid.
In addition to the hundreds of salaries she pays to
employees and contractors every fiscal year, Tina also
shells out more in taxes in a month's time than she
collected in the entire eight years she received welfare
benefits. Her conclusion? There will always be people
who abuse the system, be they welfare recipients or
inside corporate traders, but you donâ€™t punish
everyone in order to get to those nasty few. With a
mentality like that, nobody wins.
As well as being a very vocal champion for welfare
recipients, Tina also gives talks and writes articles
about an even more controversial subject matter:
prisonersâ€™ rights. Since the majority of men and women
living behind bars tend to be young and poor, she
doesnâ€™t believe her two social passions are unrelated.
In the decade she has spent as a prisonersâ€™ rights
activist, she has seen firsthand the abusive, neglected
environment that an alarming number of Americans call home.
Equally disturbing to her is the undisputable fact that
the percentage of Americans receiving life sentences has
drastically risen in recent years, the overwhelming
majority of who were too poor to retain a private
attorney at trial. Tina was recently brought to tears
when she had the honor of meeting Jurdy, a very sweet,
compassionate 24-year-old African American man who is
serving two life sentences in Florida. His age at the
time of the crime? Thirteen. Jurdy has been behind bars
since the 8th grade. Unfortunately, Tina
recently commented, stories like Jurdyâ€™s arenâ€™t as
uncommon as the typical American voter thinks.
On a more private note, Tina is happily married and the mother of two
children. With a daughter in high school and another in
elementary school, she is forever kept on the go! The
family shares a mutual passion for animals. They
have, at the time of this writing, 5 dogs.
Health issues are a constant battle in Tinaâ€™s life, but
she hasnâ€™t let them stop her from realizing her dreams.
still considers herself a very blessed woman. In her own
words, "I have a career I love, wonderfully supportive
friends and family members, the worldâ€™s greatest
readers, and a husband who lives with the delusion that
Iâ€™m the sexiest woman alive. What more could a woman ask