T.J. Ogunlusi was born in Camden, New Jersey and moved to Bladenboro, North Carolina as a preteen. She was bullied in middle school and high school for being labeled the smart and awkward Black girl, and used books as a way to escape reality.
Her love for reading began to translate into a love for nonfiction writing as she pursued her Masters of Arts in Teaching in English Education and began teaching AP English Language and Composition to her high school students. It was then that she fell in love with the writings of Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Jonathan Swift, David Foster Wallace, Sylvia Plath, and Kate Chopin. Though her initial dream was to write a satirical collection of her experiences as an educator, God had different plans.
T.J.’s past traumas and recent struggles with Postpartum Depression, General Anxiety Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder led to the birth of #JesusTherapyandMeds: A Memoir. T.J is a Disciple, wife, mother, educator, student, and mental health advocate.