Self-Deprecating Sunday (14) Tina Ferraro

Which treats of YA authors sharing the Great and Awkward of their teenage years.

Today I’m delighted to have another guest post! Last week we saw Josh Berk, jazz cowboy, on the cusp of becoming a teenager. This week I give you the charming and sweet Tina Ferraro. You may recognize her from adorable book titles such as The ABC’s of Kissing Boys, How to Hook a Hottie – 2009 Rita Finalist, and Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress.

From Tina:

I present me in 10th grade:

A lazy eye
Chipmunk cheeks
The hairdo of a (hungover) hard rocker

and all brought together with a sexy, laced-up…sweater?

Worst of all?  This was at a photographer’s studio.  This was the best of the bunch that my parents actually PAID for.

Charming and sweet indeed, Tina. Thank you so much for participating in Self-Deprecating Sunday over here at Sparks and Butterflies. If you are a YA author who like to do a guest post some Sunday, contact me at jody.mugele(at) It’s more fun than church!

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

12 thoughts on “Self-Deprecating Sunday (14) Tina Ferraro

  1. Oh, what I proud moment this is for me! Seeing this picture posted on internet sits right up there with getting The Call that I’d sold my first book. =)

    Okay, so honestly, why did I agree to this? Because I laughed so hard at Josh Berk’s photo last week, I thought I’d owed him one.

    And because, hey, you know those people who lie about their age? And sometimes, really shouldn’t, because you squint at them and think, “Honey, for 39, you’re REALLY not holding up well.” Then you find out later their true age, and think, “Well, yeah, that’s about right.”

    I’m not lying about my age (not saying it, either, but not lying), but I’m using reserve psychology here. Look at this horrible picture…and then think, “You know, considering her humble roots, she looks okay in her middle age.” =)

    Thanks, Jody!

  2. Aw, thanks, Jody…you’re sweet.

    And Janie: sexy? Yeah, THAT was the adjective I was struggling for when describing this pic! =)

  3. Hee Hee – that is all I can come up with. Can’t say anything derogatory cause I was right there with you looking the same and hating the world all at the same time. Remember people, we didn’t have flat irons in the old days!!!

    1. It’s so relatable. We can all think, ah yes, I felt that way indeed! And look how we all came through it beautifully.

      Also, I ironed my hair on the ironing board more than once!

      1. Jody – LOL – I use to iron my hair also and the sad thing is, it looked soooooooo bad afterwards. The things I would do to try and make it straight. It was not cool to have curly hair

  4. Ha! Personally, I see the best in you whenever, wherever. I think the hair says “Breck”…looks very luxurious…I recall you brushing it a lot!

  5. Hello to my Janets! In fact, if any of your readers, Jody, have read Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, you’ll notice one of the cafeteria ladies is named Janet. No coincidence! Thanks for dropping by and, uh, supporting my former look!

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