The 2017 Authors
Naleighna Kai is an award-winning and national bestselling author of several controversial novels, contributor to a New York Times bestseller and the E. Lynn Harris Author of Distinction. She has penned Every Woman Needs a Wife, Was it Good Open Door Marriage, and Rich Woman's Fetish, and other contemporary fiction novels that plumb the depth of unique love triangles. Naleighna was born and raised on the Southeast side of Chicago and all of her novels take place in the Windy City.
Connect with Naleighna Kai on the web at www.naleighnakai.com,
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, the daughter of sharecroppers, is the award winning and New York Times bestselling author of the God Don’t Like Ugly series and many other novels. She is the winner of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, the Best Southern Literature Award, and the Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement Award. Mary lives in Oakland, California.
E-mail her at Authorauthor5409@aol.com and visit her website at www.Marymonroe.org.
J. L. Woodson's writing career started with the critically acclaimed novel, The Things I Could Tell You!, an English assignment written at age fifteen that was published by Macro Publishing Group when he was sixteen followed by becoming a co-author of How to Win the Publishing Game with Avalon Betts-Gaston, Esq. and Dr. Trevy McDonald at sixteen; a contributing author to the NAACP Image Award-winning anthology, Breaking the Cycle at seventeen, and Superwoman's Child: Son of a Single Mother at age nineteen which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature.
He is the recipient of Fisk University's Talented Tenth Award, listed in the Who's Who Among American High School Students, Recipient of Coca-Cola, Clear Channel, State Farm Insurance and McDonald's Youth Leadership Award, Chicago Urban League's 1st Place Winner in Citywide Stock Market Competition, Winner of Chicago Urban League's Young Entrepreneurial Business Plan Competition, OHMC Most Professional Award, OHMC Most Dedicated Student Award, MGCA's Best Young Author Award. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Inc.
J.L. Woodson is also the Senior Graphic and Website Designer for Woodson Creative Studio. He is currently at student at Columbia College Chicago.
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 and 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 email@example.com.
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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 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 fell in love with science fiction at the age of seven, watching “Empire Strikes Back” at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C., with her sister and mom. It’s a love affair that has grown ever since. As an ardent fan of John Donne, Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut and Alexander Pope from an early age, Cerece began exploring her own creative writing through poetry. She earned her master’s degrees in social work and international relations at Boston College and Johns Hopkins School for Advance International Studies, respectively, and built a rewarding 15-year career in program development, management and fundraising in the community and international development arenas – all while appreciating the stories of human connection told in science fiction through works like Octavia Butler’s “Wild Seed,” Frank Herbert’s “Dune” and “The X-Files.” In 2011, Cerece experienced her own supernatural event - a vision of her first science fiction story. Shortly after, she began developing and writing what would become the bestselling Order of the Seers trilogy. Order of the Seers was selected as one of The Best Kindle Books of 2014 by Digital Book Today.
In addition to working on the 2nd book in the Ellis and The Magic Mirror children’s book series with her son and releasing her 4th adult novel titled, To Find You, Mrs. Murphy is currently launching NARAZU, an online platform designed to deliver the best in indie sci-fi content and comic culture to the fans who love it most. You can visit the new site at www.narazu.com. Her next writing project will be a 2-part science fiction thriller set in outer space. Mrs. Murphy lives and writes in her hometown of Washington, DC with her husband, two children and the family dog, Yoda.
Janice Pernell is the author of No Right Way to do a Wrong Thing, a developmental and line editor to several aspiring and national bestselling authors. She loves to travel, experience exotic foods, and definitely loves to read. She has been a consultant to the Cavalcade of Authors for five years. Janice resides in Chicago where she is working on her next novel.
Visit her on the www.janicepernell.com
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