Authors

Naleighna Kai

Brenda Jackson

Mary Monroe

J.L. Woodson

E.N. Joy

Bridgett Renay

Jo McEntee

Cerece Rennie Murphy

Phyllis Dixon

Jessica Cage

Sierra Kay

Michele Grant

Nicole Hampton

G.P.A.

M.E. Greenwood

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  • Naleighna Kai

     

  • Brenda Jackson

     

    Brenda Jackson, is a die-"heart" romantic who believed very early in the power of love and romance. She was the first African-American author to have a novel published as part of the Silhouette Desire line, and has seen many of her novels reach the New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers lists. Brenda reached a milestone in her career in October, 2013 when she published her 100th novel, becoming the first African American to achieve such an accomplishment. She has written for several major publishers: Dafina/Kensington, St. Martins Press as well as various imprints of Harlequin Romance.

     

    Visit her on the web: www.brendajackson.net

  • Mary Monroe

     

     

  • J.L. Woodson

     

  • E.N. Joy

    BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy is the author behind the “New Day Divas,” “Still Divas,” “Always Divas” and “Forever Divas" series, all which have been coined “Soap Operas in Print.” She is an Essence Magazine Bestselling Author who wrote secular books under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY. Her title, If I Ruled the World, earned her a book blurb from Grammy Award Winning Artist, Erykah Badu. An All Night Man, an anthology she penned with New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Jackson, earned the Borders bestselling African American romance award. Her Urban Fiction title, Dollar Bill (Triple Crown Publications), appeared in Newsweek and has been translated to Japanese.

     

    After thirteen years of being a paralegal in the insurance industry, E. N. Joy divorced her career x married her mistress and her passion; writing. In 2000, she formed her own publishing company where she published her books until landing a book deal with St. Martin's Press. This award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels in her home town of Columbus, Ohio as well as cities across the country. She also conducts publishing/writing workshops for aspiring writers.

     

    Her children’s book titled The Secret Olivia Told Me, written under the name N. Joy, received a Coretta Scott King Honor from the American Library Association. The book was also acquired by Scholastic Books and has sold almost 100,000 copies. Elementary and middle school children have fallen in love with reading and creative writing as a result of the readings and workshops E. N. Joy instructs in schools nationwide.

     

    In addition, she is the artistic developer for a young girl group named DJHK Gurls. She pens original songs, drama skits and monologues for the group that deal with messages that affect today’s youth, such as bullying.

     

    After being the first content development editor for Triple Crown Publications and ten years as the acquisitions editor for Carl Weber's Urban Christian imprint, E. N. Joy now does freelance editing, ghostwriting, write-behinds and literary consulting. Her clients have included New York Times Bestselling authors, entertainers, aspiring authors, as well as first-time authors. Some notable literary consulting clients include actor Christian Keyes, singer Olivia Longott and Reality Television star Shereé M. Whitfield.

     

    You can visit BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy at www.enjoywrites.com or email her at enjoywrites@aol.com.

     

    Facebook: AuthorENJoy

    Twitter: @enjoywrites

    Pinterest: @authorENjoy

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/enjoywrites

    GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1159242.E_N_Joy

    Instagram: @bestselling_author_enjoy  Periscope:  @Author_E_N_Joy

    Google: https://plus.google.com/106225352418367600340

  • Bridgett Renay

     

    The only thing Bridgett Renay loves doing more than writing is breathing. If you let her tell it, the first spoken words from the quiet but observant Navy veteran were, “I should really write this down”. Before pursuing her dream of becoming an acclaimed novelist, speaker, and coach, this retired Navy Reservist, kept a promise to God that revolved around the pursuit of higher learning and community service. Little did she know that a traumatic childhood incident and fulfilling that promise would be the guiding forces behind her existence. Now that she has reached the top of her pyramid, she also wants to inspire women so that the bumpy road she took in life is a road less travelled for others.

     

    Visit her on the web:  www.bridgettrenay.com

  • Jo McEntee

     

    Jo McEntee learned the art of storytelling from her parents, and older family members.  Listening to the accounts of their experiences, she began recounting the stories and crafting her own fiction before she could read and write, earning her the pet name Lil’ Griot.  A native Chicagoan, Jo won her first writing award at the age of nine for an essay on “My Favorite Character in History” (Jean Baptiste Point du Sable) sponsored by Chicago’s American newspaper. Over the years, Jo has put pen to paper to fill dozens of yellow pads and composition books with musings, poetry and stories. With the inspiration and encouragement of M-LAS and others, Jo is sharing her stories now.  When she’s not writing, Jo curates a weekly writers workshop at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago.

  • Cerece Rennie Murphy

     

  • Phyllis Dixon

    Ms. Dixon is the author of two novels, Down Home Blues and Forty Acres, and Let the Brother Go If… which she co-wrote with Ms. Dupree, formerly of the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.  She is a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul, and the Tri-State Defender.  After a thirty-year career in finance, she remains interested in banking and involved in financial literacy activities.  When not reading or writing, she enjoys football, history, and cruising.  She resides in Memphis, Tennessee and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.   Visit www.phyllisdixon.com for additional information.

  • Jessica Cage

     

    Jessica Cage is a Bestselling and International award-winning author from Chicago, IL.  She dabbles in artistic creations of all sorts but at the end of the day, it's the pen that her hand itches to hold. Jessica had never considered following her dream to be a writer because she was told far too often "There is no money in writing." So she chose the path most often traveled. During pregnancy, she asked herself an important question. How would she be able to inspire her unborn son to follow his dreams and reach for the stars, if she never had the guts to do it herself? Jessica decided to take a risk and unleash the plethora of characters and their crazy adventurous worlds that had previously existed only in her mind, into the realm of readers. She did this with hopes to inspire not only her son but herself. Inviting the world to tag along on her journey to become the writer she has always wanted to be. She hopes to continue writing and bringing her signature Caged Fantasies to readers everywhere.

     

    Website: www.jessicacage.com

  • Sierra Kay

     

    Sierra Kay has an M.A. in Writing from DePaul University, won a Nuyorican Poets Cafe Short Story Slam, participated in comedy fests as a member of the writing teams for Spankx and N20 Comedy. She also writes poetry and suspense novels. Obviously, she’ll try anything at least once. Her two novels From Behind the Curtain and In the Midst of Fire are available online. Learn more at sierrakay.com

  • Michele Grant

     

    Michele Grant lives to read and reads to live. Her first novel, the critically acclaimed Heard It All Before in 2010 was followed by five more all available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and wherever books are sold. When not hard at work on her next novel, Michele is planning her next tropical getaway. Learning to prepare new cuisines, cultivating purple roses and finding the perfect pair of high-heeled slingbacks are a few of her favorite pastimes. Michele is a native of Dallas, Texas. Readers can visit her online at www.michelegrant.net and www.blacknbougie.com and email her at Michele@michelegrant.net. She can be found on Facebook: MicheleGrantAuthor and Twitter: MGrantAuthor or OneChele.  She loves to hear from her readers!

  • Nicole Hampton

     

    Nicole Hampton Nicole Hampton is a compassionate woman, who loves to create stories readers can relate to in a way that validates situations that occur daily the lives of many. Her love for reading developed at an early age. She often spent hours becoming lost in the worlds of characters of her favorite books. Born in the South Suburbs of Chicago, IL, reading offered an opportunity for Nicole to dream about life outside of her community and fed her desire to want to explore the world beyond her modest surroundings.

     

    Nicole earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and utilizes the skills and knowledge learned to address the issues presented in her debut novel Glimmer in the Darkness in a manner that allows people to connect and understand the struggles of her characters.

     

    Nicole lives in North Carolina, is a dedicated wife and mother of six, who spends any time she can snatch, developing characters and story lines to share with her readers. Her second novel, Tears of the Storm, will release in 2017.

  • G.P.A.

     

    James Gordon, better known as G.P.A.(Greatest Poet Alive), is an international award winning author and poet, as well as champion storyteller from Chicago. Besides his prowess with the pen and on the mic, James is also an acclaimed actor who has appeared on Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, Empire, and several commercials. James can be found on Twitter at gr8estpoetalive and at his website www.iblowyourmind.net

  • M.E. Greenwood

    Meredith E. Greenwood has always had a passion for writing; evidenced at age 7, featured on the Milwaukee News reading her original poetry. Writing poetry, short stories and “making fiction seem real” is second nature to her, and in 2012 she took a leap of faith and self-published her debut fiction novel Faith , Grace, and Hope. Meredith then turned her attention to play writing. She has written and directed several plays throughout Houston, including her hilarious, emotional, and soul-stirring gospel play A Christian Carol: The Story of Edgar Scrooge. In 2016, she was selected as a Brown Girls Books’ author and became an Award-Winning, National Best Selling Author of The Ex Chronicles in which her short story Best Ex Ever is a reflection of her inspirational yet entertaining style. Meredith writes with purpose, passion, and a message. Through descriptive scenes she has the ability to “bind a movie into a book.” Her literary work takes readers on an emotional roller coaster placing them right there in the seat next to each character. Also, known for motivational speaking and dramatic performances at middle schools and churches, Meredith actively lives by her motto: If I touch just one life with my words then I have walked in passion and in purpose. Meredith is currently working on the next novel in the Harris Family Series