Tonilyn has always preferred writing in her room to playing kick-ball outside. Her first book How to Raise a Husband was published for happy wives, husbands, and coffee tables everywhere. Tonilyn’s essays on relationships and parenting have been seen in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Harper's Baazar, Elle, Woman's Day, Ravishly, SheKnows, Pop Sugar, Mom.com, CafeMom, Grok Nation, Folks, The Mothership, Mommy Nearest, L.A. Parent Magazine, Scary Mommy. She is a monthly contributor for Today's Woman Magazine and at Migraine.com
She was interviewed for the day-time talk show Me Time With Frangela discussing what it's like waiting to have children at an older age after her article at POPSUGAR became popular, and then when her humorous essay about strangers touching her pregnant belly for Cosmopolitan gained attention, she was interviewed for Good Morning America.
When her piece for The Washington Post went viral she was discussed on The View as a Hot Topic thus proving to her husband that she has always been a "hot topic." It is still the most read essay in the relationship section of the Washington Post. And let's not forget, her collection of essays for How to Raise a Husband won the award for Outstanding Non-Fiction at the Southern California Writers’ Conference. While continuing to talk about herself in the third person, she was a blogger for Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine and was one the most read bloggers for Skirt! National Magazine.
Before Tonilyn began writing professionally, her life was on the stage. She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the prestigious Boston Conservatory of Music. She has performed in regional theaters across the country as well as a leading role in a First National Tour. Tonilyn is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. Tonilyn is also a working voice-over artist so when she gets bored she can write her own scripts and record them. If you're interested in her acting credits click here. Tonilyn lives with her two smart Border Collies, one sassy kitty, one supportive husband, one little boy, and never enough closet space.