All Eyes on Flint Native: Author TaWanna Anderson

Flint, Michigan native TaWanna Anderson is co-founder of the encouraging organization, Whenupray, and creator of The M;nd Ya Mental Experience, a platform dedicated to providing online and hands-on resources for mental wellness. 

With an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree under her belt and certification from Mental Health First Aid, she uses her knowledge and compassion to help spread awareness about mental health in her community. 

TaWanna’s transparency about her own personal experience with mental health issues, paired with her “do it scared” motto, has helped propel much-needed conversations in the Black community about the importance of mental wellness. 

Since beginning her work in the mental health field, TaWanna has received acknowledgment and awards from the city of Flint, including the Black Girls Rock Survivor Award, the 2019 Builder Award, and the Helping Others Heal Award. She currently resides in Flint with her two daughters.

PWH: Describe your brand as a whole in 3 words: 

TA: Purposeful, transparent and motivational 

PWH: What inspired M;nd Ya Mental?

TA: M;nd ya mental was inspired from my own experience of dealing with a mental illness. I have a wonderful support system and it’s still a struggle. I couldn’t imagine someone dealing with this alone so M;nd Ya Mental was birthed. 

PWH: What is your mission and hope with M;nd Ya Mental?

TA: My mission is to assist in breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness. I want my community to understand disorders and how to get help and help their family members. No more praying and shutting up. We are praying then calling our therapist. 

PWH: Tell us about your new book “Anxiety is Not Me”

TA: Anxiety is not me is my new book!! I’m so excited about it. This is 60 tips to help individuals deal with anxiety and depression. To motivate uplift and give them the courage to keep pressing through. All of the tips are things that have been tested and worked for myself. I think the part I’m most excited about is the part for families. We actually have that spot highlighted so family members can get to that section quickly so they can help their person.

PWH: What advice do you have for someone reading this who may be battling with Anxiety and depression?

TA: To anyone that may be dealing with anxiety and depression at this time. Please know that the thoughts and feelings are temporary. Please don’t make any permanent decisions off of those feelings. Seek help and know that you are not alone. You are stronger than you can imagine and I challenge you to push through. Never be ashamed to take medication, get checked in to the hospital, or for simply not being ok. If you don’t have a therapist find one today.

PWH: When you think of a pretty woman who hustles what crosses your mind? 

 TA: I believe a pretty woman who hustles is some that is authentic, relatable, and determined to succeed no matter what obstacles come her way. 

Connect with TaWanna and M;nd Ya Mental Experience online today www.mindyamentalexperience.com

Author Beshanda Owusu

Beshanda Owusu is an Emmy-nominated journalist with over 15 years of experience. Her professional goal was to be a reporter. She believes her high school yearbook caption read something along the lines of: “You’ll see me reporting live on Channel 7.” Like many aspiring broadcast journalists, Her path took several turns before she found level ground. She earned her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago within one year of obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University. Her debut publication, #JOURNOLIFE, is a culmination of professional experiences that give a different perspective to your regularly scheduled news program.

#JOURNOLIFE is a collection of real-life stories from journalists who all took different paths to reach their ultimate goal of working in a newsroom. These stories are meant for aspiring journalists to learn how to navigate the newsroom with confidence. Each story offers a different lesson and a fresh perspective on situations you will encounter on your professional journey. With experiences, you will learn what to do and what not to do, what to look for in the newsroom, how to navigate personal and uncomfortable situations, tricks of the trade, and so much more.

In a time where fake news is real, old school journalistic principles must be adhered to, and working professionals must seriously consider their duties as journalists to be factual, accurate, and fair.

PWH: What sparked your interest in Journalism?

BO: My love for journalism started with writing. It’s always been how I expressed myself. In undergrad, I naturally gravitated to Broadcast Journalism. I enjoyed everything about it. I completed an internship at a television station every summer while earning my Bachelor’s Degree at Northern Illinois University, which helped me land my first job at CBS-2 in Chicago.

PWH: Can you describe the day in your life as a Journalist?

BO: I spent my career as an Assignment Editor. This position is commonly called the newsroom’s pulse because it’s where the information and instructions flow. My job was to know what was going on in the city at all times and determine how the station could cover it.

As most journalists do, I stayed abreast of the day’s news before going into work, watching newscasts, reading newspapers and listening to news radio en route to work. Aside from assisting in determining what news will be covered, the Assignment Editor handles the logistics of staff, including reporters, photographers, and editors, in terms of how the stories will be told. Throughout the day, I’m in constant contact with producers inside the newsroom and reporters in the field to ensure a steady flow of communication. Ensuring deadlines are met, fact-checking, securing interviews, reviewing press releases, and video are all daily functions of the job.

PWH: What are some challenges you have faced in your career?

BO: My first job was in the number 3 television market, Chicago. This means I was in my early 20’s working with veterans-people who’ve paid their dues and had been in the business for ten or more years. I initially struggled with my position because the essence of being an Assignment Editor (I started as an Assistant Assignment Editor) is determining what the reporters, editors, and photographers will do for the day – who they will work with, how many assignments they will have, if they’ll need to stay later, a lot of factors play into the position. I initially received a lot of pushback, and I didn’t know why. I wondered if it was because I was young. After all, I was a woman because I was African-American or because I was an African-American woman? I didn’t know. I honed my craft, learned all I could as quickly as possible, and brought my A-game every day. I treated everyone as I wanted to be treated, and while everyone didn’t do the same, I quickly gained the respect I deserved.

PWH: In your book #Journolife what is your message to readers?

BO: In Journalism or any career path you choose, make sure it’s worth it. Journalists sacrifice a lot – relationships, odd schedules, long hours, working holidays, sometimes low pay, working in extreme weather conditions, the list goes on. But having a front-row seat to history-making moments makes it worth it. Telling stories that inspire people to act makes it worth it. Finding the truth and speaking that truth makes it worth it.

PWH: What is next for you and your career?

BO: I am thrilled that #JOURNOLIFE is so well received. It has allowed me to speak at various universities and organizations and reach the next generation of journalists. The next phase of the book will be the launch of the #JOURNOLIFE website, which will be an informational hub for all things journalism.

I look forward to inspiring and helping those looking to enter the field as much as possible.

PWH: Life advice in general? (Words or philosophies that have guided/inspired/motivated you)

BO: Find your confidence and own it. If I could tell my younger self anything at all, it is to be confident in who you are and in your abilities. You’ve got this!

PWH: Bonus: What is your definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustle’s?

BO: My definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustles is a woman who is clear about who she is, what she wants, and goes about reaching her goals with style and grace.

To purchase Journolife visit https://www.amazon.com/Beshanda-Owusu/e/B07QN3HCZH?ref_=pe_1724030_132998060

Author Avery Goode

Avery Goode is a witty, creative author, publisher, and public speaker who used writing to help her through some of her darkest moments. It was through her gifted pen, that her life began to change for the better.  Avery’s writing caught the attention of several publications and she was featured in Parle’ and Voyage ATL Magazines, where she was named a Hot-lanta Trailblazer. In 2018, she was voted Atlanta’s Hottest Author and has a bevy of other nominations to her credit.

 Known for writing Goode fiction that borders on truth, Miss Goode welcomes readers into her world of entertaining books. From erotica to suspense and genres in between, Avery shares her love of the written word with those who love to read as much as she loves to write. Armed with an arsenal of ideas, she plans on creating novels that leaves the masses craving more. If you want to keep up with Avery and discover what she will be up to next, please visit her website at http://www.averygoodesworld.com, where you can sign up to receive updates on book tours, new releases and much more Goode stuff. You can also find Avery on the following social media platforms.

PWH: What inspired you to start writing?

AG: My love for books with great stories is the inspiration behind my writing. I’m an avid reader who used to run out of books to read when I was younger, so one day,  I started out rewriting the endings of my favorite stories and one of my Goode friends suggested I write one of my own. It took a few years, but eventually, I did. 

PWH: How would you describe your writing style?

AG: If James Patterson and Zane ever hooked up and had a baby, Avery Goode would be it. My writing embodies sexy suspense with storylines so realistic one would swear the events actually happened. I call my writing ‘True Fiction’. 

PWH: How many books have you written?

AG: I have written and published 6 novels and just recently finished my first short story that will be released in a few weeks. 

PWH: What is your common message that speaks in all your work? 

AG: Being honest is always the best policy because you never know if your next lie will get you killed. Each of my books has some level of betrayal in them. How my characters react to that betrayal is based on who they are and how tired they truly have become of the person or situation. 

PWH: Do you have any upcoming books?

AG: Absolutely. I have been writing for the past year and a half, simultaneously on 3 different projects. The first will release in August, then October and December. Readers can follow my social media to find out the details and specific release dates. 

PWH: Bonus: What advice do you have for an upcoming writer?

AG: Do your research and self educate as much as possible. Google is your friend and in the age of information, there is no excuse for not knowing the basics. The more you know when you enter into this arena, the greater your longevity in the literary world. 

To Connect with Avery Good visit her online

Facebook: Avery Good

Facebook: Author Avery Goode (business page)

Twitter: thegoodescribe

Instagram: thegoodescribe

Periscope: thegoodescribe

Snap: SheGoode

averygoodesworld@gmail.com

www.averygoodesworld.com

Author Dr. Ketra L. Davenport – King

Charismatic, Energetic, and Captivating are words that describe the personality of Dr. Ketra. Armed with over 20 years of serving the community, Dr. Davenport-King is an advocate, speaker, mentor, coach, and philanthropist who has radically impacted the lives of believers under the flagship of her ministry.

Dr. Ketra L. Davenport-King, a native of Dallas, Texas, received her Bachelor of Arts and Science in Christian Counseling, Master of Arts in Christian Education, and Master of Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University. She earned her Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University. She has spent much of her life serving people in various capacities. One of her greatest joys is starting Life After Advocacy Group, Inc., in 2004, to help individuals who have been victims of sexual abuse recover and live a healthy life.

Dr. Ketra opened the doors to Rock Dimensional Consulting (formally known as KLD Consulting Services) in 2005. Through RDC, she has spent the past 15 years coaching and training leaders, developing and educating church ministries, hosting leadership seminars, and workshops. Dr. Ketra is known for her innovative and engaging Leadership Seminar name, ‘The Leadership ReCourse’ designed to reconnect today’s leaders back to collaborative leadership. Dr. Ketra wholeheartedly believes, “when you live in a community, there should be a handprint of your work left behind for future generations.” She launched the North Vernon Women’s Community Bible Study group in 2015 to bridge the gap and bring together a diverse group of women to improve the family dynamic in underserved communities.

Her latest accomplishment is her new book, Seeing Beyond The Shattered Glass, which is a fictional memoir based on her true-life events. Dr. Ketra is confident that her book will inspire victims of sexual abuse who have suffered in silence to speak their truth.

PWH: You are a Woman of God, First Lady, Mother and Community Leader, how do you balance it all?

KDK: It is amazing how God will give us the grace needed to maintain the various facets of our lives that He calls us to. My life has always had multiple lanes that required me to compartmentalize my focus. Of course, my faith has always been my driver, as well as my relationship with Jesus Christ. It is not comfortable living in a world where we have to position ourselves to do right when it is easy to do wrong. It is not easy choosing to live a saved life in an unsaved world, and as a woman of God, I have had many struggles over the years maintaining a life that is holy and acceptable for myself, my children, and those who follow me publicly. In 2005 when I gave my life to Christ for real, I made a conscientious decision to become a beacon of hope for others as well as inspire women to Speak Their Truth and live a life of freedom. One of my favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” because it provides a glimpse of hope that fueled me to keep moving forward in those time when I wanted to give up. I believe my life journey prepared me for the role of being the First Lady of a church.

My husband and I have been married now going on eight years. It was never my intent to marry a Pastor – but, when I asked God to send me the person whom He has for my children and me – he is what God sent. We have a small church in Vernon, TX, but we have members who love God and us. The role hasn’t been a challenge for me because before marrying my husband, I was very involved in ministry serving in the Women’s ministry of my then local church and other church auxiliaries – as well as being a Minister of the Gospel. So, to say, if there was a significant adjustment in regards to the new role, no it has not been, however, I just had to balance being the wife of a Pastor (smile). I always say, ‘being the wife of a Pastor is a called position and not a position you choose.” My husband is a laid-back person who is an introvert, so it amazes me when I see him in the pulpit because he speaks more there then he does in a typical conversation. I had to adjust to his study times because he is an early riser, and I am a night owl – so I like to sleep late, and he gets up at 5:00 am every day! Of course, there have been several other adjustments, but those I believe comes with being the Pastors wife. There is one thing, in particular, I can say that was an adjustment, and that was making sure I did not lose myself to being his wife and not being who God called me to be first – that took some time and adjustment for the both of us.

My children are my world, and when my husband and I married, we had a rather large blinded family, for me. Together we share four grown children and four grandchildren – I had a son and daughter, and he had also had a son and daughter along with grandchildren. I love children, and when we met, my children were still living at home, and his children were grown, so it was easy for me to adjust to loving his children and building a relationship due to their age.

So, to sum up, all of the hats I wear, I have to say that God is my equalizer, and He gives me the patience, understanding, clarity, and guidance needed to main a balanced life to serve faithfully at home, church, and community. One of my mentors told be some time ago that God will give us the exact amount of GRACE we need in the season we are in to fulfill our purpose – and I believe that wholeheartedly.

PWH: Tell us about Life after Advocacy Group?

KDK: Life After Advocacy Group, Inc, opened in 2004 and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to promoting awareness and prevention in sexual, verbal, emotional, and physical abuse by identifying, admitting and advocating education within the church body and local community. The mission of LAAG is to assist children, women, and men in promoting a balanced life after being sexually abused by creating a confident, caring, and personal environment. LAAG’s vision is to be a catalyst for victims of sexual crimes. To rehabilitate the lives of sexually abused and rape victims. To advocate for legislative laws for sexual assault victims and families. Our purpose is to provide support to victims and their family members by educating them on information regarding sexual abuse and neglect.

PWH: What is Rock Dimensional Consulting?

KDK: Rock Dimensional consulting is an extension of Life After Advocacy Group were, we do business and leadership consulting and coaching. Great leadership sometimes occurs naturally. But for most of us, great leadership must be developed through specialized training, deliberate focus on areas of opportunity, and accountability. Whether geared toward a single individual, executive management teams, or entire organizations, our leadership development consulting services will help you fully assess your talent’s strengths and weaknesses.

PWH: You are known for your powerful workshop “The Leaders Recourse,” what is your message in this class?

KDK: The Rock Dimensional Consulting firm conducts an 8-hr., 6-hr., or 4-hr., leadership seminar. The seminar attendees have consistently rated this workshop as a highly practical and interactive experience. However, opportunities for structured training in leadership competencies during the subsequent five to ten years are limited. Given the success of the Leadership ReCourse seminar and the need for continuity in this model of leadership training, we also conduct a half-day workshop for new and current leaders to foster continued organizational training.

The seminar curriculum focuses on the leadership areas of strategy, structure, culture, teams, performance management & assessments, leadership styles, and leadership development, which manages the organizational structure and navigate leadership transitions. Also, the curriculum emphasizes both short-term competencies, such as active participation as a member of a leadership team, and long-term competencies, such as the leadership of a research team, division, or department. The inaugural leadership training seminar, held in April 2018, was assessed by leader participants to be well organized and highly relevant to leadership concepts and skills. Each session attendee will receive an interactive training manual that will is a personal reference guide.

The overall purpose of the Leadership ReCourse seminar is to Revisit, Innovate, and ReEngage the fundamental aspects of leadership development and the importance of continuously developing leaders worldwide.

PWH: What upcoming projects do you have?

KDK: Dr. Ketra L. Davenport-King has written a fictional memoir book based on her true-life events that is easy to digest and will hopefully inspire victims of sexual abuse who have suffered in silence to speak their truth.

Connect With Dr. Ketra

Email: info@drketra.com

kdavenportking@lifeaftearg.org

Website: www.drketra.com

www.lifeafterag.org (Redesign coming July 2020)

Facebook:  

https://www.facebook.com/ketra.davenport

Life After Advocacy Group – https://www.facebook.com/LifeAfterAdvocacyGroup?ref=bookmarks

Rock Dimensional Consulting – https://www.facebook.com/RockDimensionalConsulting/

Instagram: @Kkinginchrist @kdavenportkingrdc

Author Alexis Smith-Jones

Alexis Smith-Jones was born in Miami, FL, but now resides in Atlanta, GA. Alexis is the owner of Aj, the Writer & Company, which exists to help writers fulfill their dreams of becoming an author. Not only is Alexis, an author, but she is also an avid reader. Alexis has been creating stories since she could remember. Her passion for writing came at a very young age. Writing was her way to express herself and sometimes escape her reality. Alexis likes to use life experiences and things going on around her to create her stories. She does that so readers can feel like they are apart of the experiences and everything that the character is going through and feeling at that moment. Alexis’s writing style is unique, and she enjoys many genres.

PWH: Describe yourself in 3 words.

AJ: The three words that come to my mind is ambitious, creative, and optimistic 

PWH: You have had a passion for writing since you were little, did you ever have a moment that you wanted to do something else?

AJ: Besides writing being my first love. I have always wanted to work with kids, young adults, and families. I went to school for psychology and a minor in social work. 

PWH: Describe your writing style?

AJ: My writing style varies. My most recent style is fiction romance. 

PWH: You have written several books, what’s the inspiration behind them?

AJ: The inspiration behind my books are normal real-life events that have either happened in my life or things that are actually happening in the world. 

PWH: Do you have a favorite writer that influences your style?

AJ: Yes the two writers that influenced me were Omar Tyree and Sister Souljah.

PWH: Do you have any upcoming books?

AJ: I do have a book that will be released next with the title is Slipped Away. It’s a book of short stories of how someone lost their true love either to cheating, being too young, not realizing until it was too late, or death. 

PWH: Bonus: What advice do you have for an aspiring writer? 

AJ: The advice I have for an aspiring writer is to go for it. You will never know what you could become if you never try.

To learn more about Alexis and The AJ Writes Company visit www.ajthewriter.com

Author Audree Nack

Audree Nack, an afro-Italian girl based in Manchester, UK.

As a published author, her favorite topics are most controversial as she likes to spread awareness without sugar-coating the daily battles faced on the daily by her people, the black community, by LGBTQ+, survivors, and people struggling with ED. 

PWH: Describe yourself in three words.

AN: Wholehearted, authentic, and stubborn.

PWH: What sparked your interest and love for writing?

AN: I started writing quite early, as a form of escapism and entertaining for my own self.

PWH: Describe your writing style.

AN: Francesca Ferrando, Lara Cardella, informal, my books are meant to entertain anyone, raw in the descriptions not sugarcoated with fancy writings meant to mock poetry, but touchy for the humanity of the experiences and the characters.

PWH: You have written three books, what is your common message?

AN: My books are always written for the “unseen”, people marginalized by the society for their identities or traumas. In my stories either there’s a growth either there’s a punishment, in the end. This, because I want those characters to stand up for themselves and react, fighting to win their life and happiness, back.

PWH: Do you have any upcoming work?

AN: I am actually on a break, since the release of my last book, “The End of the Summer” a month and a half ago.

PWH: Bonus: What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?

AN: Spread your wings and don’t be afraid to communicate your message and your vision to the world. That’s yours,nobody can take it away from you. 

To learn more about Audrèe Nack connect with her on Instagram: @missnackk and visit her site www.audreenack.com

Author Shaleea Venney

From Long Beach Ca, Shaleea Venney is a 3 time bestselling Author, Speaker, and host of the Girl Which Way?! Podcast.  She is also the President and Founder of Venney Girl Inc, a nonprofit organization for at-risk young women. Through Venney Girl Inc, she is making a difference one girl at a time, through summer camps, mentoring programs, conferences, and workshops, which are always completely FREE for all of her girls. Known as the “Teen Girl’s Champion” she is a trusted force in the lives of many young women. Once a teen mom, Shaleea has devoted her work to reaching young women and helping them to rise above their circumstances and blossom.

She wrote and published her 1st book of Poetry: Love Letters to Jesus in 2o13 and began keynote speaking at conferences, churches, and schools. People began to solicit her to help them with their important writing tasks. She has helped many people write touching and beautiful wedding vows that genuinely fit each individual. She’s helped numerous people land their dream jobs by revamping their resumes and coaching them on how to nail their job interviews. She coaches other authors on “authorpreneurship” and edits their manuscripts. She has even helped grieving families lay their loved ones to rest with beautiful home going poems, obituaries, and words.

Mark Twain once said that to write well, one must “Write what you know”. So, she shares her God-given ability. What everyone said was her biggest downfall (Being a teen mom) is her greatest assignment. It is her passion and purpose to reach young women and keep them on the path to unlocking their wildest dreams. Now the host of the Girl, Which Way?! Podcast, she is extending her reach globally.

As the President and Founder of the Non-Profit Venney Girl Inc, she reaches young women and those at risk, and provides them with the needed tools and support to succeed, even when the odds are stacked against them. She is living proof that how you start has nothing to do with how you finish and that “You are the author of your own destiny, write your story beautifully.” 

PWH: What inspired you to start writing?

SV: When I was little, I’d write in my diary. I was the kid who actually enjoyed having to write essays in English class. It was therapeutic. It was the thing I felt I did better than anything else. I tried to find another career, but I could never get over my first love- writing. It’s who I am. Writing chose me. PWH: What inspired your first book of Poetry Love Letters to Jesus? SV: I was having a conversation with my husband one day during a stressful time. He mentioned how hard life can be and how it can seem as though you can’t get ahead. You move two steps forward and get knocked 4 steps back. He said,” The devil is always working!” I shouted “So fire him!  Who says he has to work on you?” That conversation inspired me to write my poem You’re Fired!  Once I wrote You’re Fired, the book came together in a week! I had just been waiting to write it all along.

PWH: Years later, you are now a 3-time Bestselling Author, how does that feel?

SV: Wow! It feels amazing! It’s a literal dream come true. I am so blessed. I wrote Bestselling author on my Vision board and 6 months later it happened. The fact that people actually like reading words that I have poured out of my heart, sets my soul on fire!  PWH: Not only are you an Author; You are a Mom and Speaker, how do you balance? SV: *Laughs* Thank goodness my kids are teenagers now. They’re 16 and 13 so they are very understanding and helpful. I often include them in some way. Whether it’s the planning, practicing speeches, or helping on the day of the event. My husband and my kids are my biggest fans, and they are all very proud of me. 

PWH: What does success mean to you? What is the definition of success?

SV: Success to me, means using your gifts and abilities. You have to find what you love and what you’re meant to be doing. We all have a calling. That thing you love so much, you’d do it for free, use that! You could make a million dollars a year and be miserable. It can’t be about money or fame. If you can do what makes your heart happy and fulfills you at the deepest level, THAT is success. It’s a bonus if your gifts can help others. Even if you can’t do it full time, if you find a way to balance your full-time work with what makes you happiest, you have found success. 

PWH: Bonus: What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

SV: This is going to sound cliche but, I believe to write well, you must write what you know. If you can write about what you’re passionate about, you will be an amazing writer. The best writers write from somewhere deep down inside of them. You can smell, see, touch, hear, and taste their words because they are detailing their passions on the page. I believe we are all great writers, some just haven’t found their muse. 

To learn more about Shaleea Venney and her work visit her site https://www.shaleeavenney.com/

Author Jendayi A. Stafford

Jendayi A. Stafford is the owner of Mission Counseling & Consulting, LLC. She is an influential published author and holistic whole-body care coach who enjoys enriching the lives of others. She is highly sought after for her expertise in getting people from point A to point Z with the combination of her professional experience, online courses, books, workshops, and other resources.

Jendayi understands the importance of collaboration within communities, and that they thrive when all parts work interdependently. Individual life experiences have provided lessons and experiences that can be used collaboratively to bring about positive social change. Jendayi has a passion for consulting with businesses and non-profits in helping them develop programs that allow them to give back to the youth and to their community. She has developed programs for over 20 organizations, including restaurants, non-profits, and the United States military.

Jendayi holds a certification as a pharmacy technician, as well as a certification as a child and adolescent trauma professional. She is also a child mental health specialist. Jendayi earned a masters in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy, a masters in organizational leadership, and a graduate certificate in human resource management from Brandman University and a masters in philosophy from Walden University. She is currently working on her dissertation for her Ph.D. in developmental psychology program at Walden University.

As a former registered behavior technician (RBT), Jendayi has experience working with children and young adults with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is trained in using Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), DIR/Floortime, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Prior to entering the mental health and consultation fields, Jendayi served six years in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Ordnanceman.

PWH: Tell me who is Jendayi in 4 words?

JS: Daughter of The King

PWH: When did you find your love for writing?

JS: I have always enjoyed writing, even from a young age however it wasn’t until college that I really found a passion for writing. It was then that I knew I wanted to one day be an author.

PWH: Tell us about your book?

JS: I have authored 8 books thus far; Beautiful You Are, When I Feel…!, It’s Not That Easy: Stop Telling Me To Get Over It!, My Mental Health Matters: An Introduction to Mental Health, Your Whole-Body Health, The Holistic Whole-Body Care Workbook, Beyond an Entrepreneur, and Beyond an Entrepreneur: The Workbook. I also have1book launching in June of 2020 and have 2 more that will launch the summer of 2020.

My newest launch:

Beyond an Entrepreneur is my newest launch. It is a collaboration book that features more than 10 entrepreneurs with a combined 50+ years of experience. Beyond an Entrepreneur is a must-have book for anyone looking to start their own business! It provides valuable lessons and guidelines from several entrepreneurs in various fields of work, from health care to shipping companies and non-profits. In this co-authored book, the featured entrepreneurs share their stories of the trials, errors, lessons learned and successes that allowed them to build and grow their businesses into what they are today!

Launching in June 2020:

30 Days of Prayer for Your Business is my book that will be launching in June 2020. This book is truly an inspiration for every business owner regardless of where you are in your entrepreneurial journey.

The scriptures included in this book are ones in which have carried me through the highs and lows of being in business for myself. From the time that my first business was just a thought, to the time of opening my fourth business, these scriptures have been part of my working foundation.

It is always nice to have an encouraging word spoken to you, especially when you are treading on unfamiliar ground that may seem a bit unsteady. With each scripture provided, I offer encouragements that came from both experiences and my heart.

Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons that we have access to! Not only is there a short simple prayer that can be prayed after each daily devotional, but I also help guide you into your own personal prayer with God. This specific guidance helps you focus on key areas that are specific to you and your business needs (as it relates to that day’s scripture) so that you can open up to God on a personal level and allow Him to speak to you, about you and your business!

For information on my other books, please go to https://jendayiastafford.com and go to featured books.

PWH: What is the I.N.K. Academy, and how did it start?

JS: I.N.K. Academy is an online academy that I started in December of 2018. The mission of I.N.K. Academy is to inspire you with new knowledge to help you discover, recover, and grow!

I started the academy to provide information to clients without always having to overextend myself. After I wrote and published my first book I had a lot of people wanting to learn how to do the same, so I launched two courses on writing your book; The Basics of Writing Your Book and Get It Written. As I have continued building my business, I have also added a sales course, The Set-Up, which walks people on how to successfully calculate their monthly income goals based on services and products their business provides. We are currently working on adding mental health and business courses.

I am also excited to announce that I.N.K. Academy is expanding! We are currently partnering with Smile Real Talk Academy, based out of Nigeria, to provide a very comprehensive holistic whole-body care course. This course will teach individuals about the aspects of the six interdependent realms of the body as a whole. There will be three certification levels: introduction, intermediate and advanced. This course will be launching August/September 2020.

PWH: You are an author, holistic whole-body care coach and entrepreneur, how do you balance it all?

JS: My typical 5-day workweek is filled with an average of about 20-25 hours of therapy/whole-body care coaching, about 5 hours of meetings, 4-6 hours of working on personal projects/program development, 10 hours working with my publishing clients, 4-6 hours working on my dissertation and 5-8 hours of training and research in order to continue building my craft. With that said, the following are what really help me maintain balance in my life: a schedule, routine, set time for God, family, and myself.

I live by a schedule, and not just any schedule, a color-coded schedule! I always take about an hour on either Sunday or Monday to plan my week. Like most people, I have a couple of different digital calendars that I use (Acuity Scheduling, Google Calendar, and Outlook), plus my physical calendar. During this hour-long period, I am cross-referencing all my calendars, along with any emails and text in which things may have also been scheduled. By the time I am done updating my physical, it looks like a pretty rainbow. Although it is nice to look at, it is very purposeful. Each color allows me to know what is happening for the day or what needs to be completed by the end of the day. This allows me to schedule my day accordingly and be more flexible for my family.

Outside of my calendar, I also find balance in keeping a routine. Not one that is so rigid that it makes me inflexible, but a routine non-the-less. I typically start my days around 6:15 a.m. I get up and start my morning with prayer time and a devotional, then I check any alerts that have popped up on my phone between the time I called it quits the day before, usually around 11 pm, until after my morning prayer and devotional. After I check my alerts, my day then progresses to me completing a 10 to 15-minute stretch routine followed by breakfast around 7:45 a.m.

Lastly, I always make time for God, my family, and myself! These are mandatory for me in my life, and when I am not devoting time to one of the three, I really start to suffer and lose balance in my life.

PWH: Do you have any upcoming projects?

JS: I do!

One that I am excited for, I mentioned previously and that is the partnering of I.N.K. Academy and Smile Real Talk Academy for the creation of my holistic whole-body care certification program. This course is going to provide such an in-depth look at the whole body and the six realms that affect the body’s balance and well-being, including how what you eat affects not only your physical health but your mental health as well.

I

have a few other upcoming projects, but will be announcing those later, so keep an eye out on those by following me:

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Visit Jendayi Website at https://jendayiastafford.com

Author Tracy Wilson

Tracy Wilson lives in Fairfield County, CT.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY in 2000.

Tracy started Beautiful Publications LLC in December 2014 while attending the WIBO (Working In Business Opportunities) program at LifeBridge in Bridgeport, CT, and received a certificate of recognition from the Mayor of Bridgeport in June, 2015.

Tracy’s first erotic 5-book series, How Far Are You Willing To Go?  Murder Is Just The Beginning, is based in Westchester County, NY and was published in November, 2016.  One day Tracy’s granddaughter asked, “Grandma, can you write something I can read?” and Tracy broadened her audience by taking the erotic series and publishing her first rated PG 3-book series, How Far Are You Willing To Go?  Murder Is Just The Beginning, in March, 2017.

Tracy’s second erotic series, the Twisted Series, is based in Fairfield County, CT, and was published in February 2020.  This series consists of 14 books: Twisted Beautiee: An Erotic Thriller, In The Arms Of A Gangster: Beautiee’s Biography, Twisted Starr: The Final Chapter, Twisted Mary: The Beginning of The End, & Twisted Christmas: The Next Generation.

Tracy’s first Erotic Horror 2-book series, Erotic Zombies, was inspired by the COVID 19 Pandemic. The series is based in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY, and was published in May 2020. In this series, Tracy brings the parents of one of the main characters in the Twisted Series back from the dead. Tracy wrote this series to give readers something twisted, eerie, original, and unique to take them on a journey they’ll enjoy and never forget.

Tracy is a member of Westchester County’s largest and most influential business membership organization, The Business Council of Westchester.

Tracy has her own radio show, ‘Sexy Talk’ on blog talk radio where she invites people to listen, call in, and accept requests from other authors to be future guests.

Tracy’s interests include writing, singing, songwriting, reading, spades, and backgammon. One of her songs, My Heart Says Yes, was submitted to the very first American Idol Songwriting competition in 2007.

Tracy, also known as Beautiee, was also a Tournament Director for Cases Spades & Backgammon Ladders. She hosted live tournaments in the evenings and on weekends at MSN Gaming Zone and Safe Harbor Games and was a Tourney Champion.

PWH: What inspired you to start writing?

TW: I grew up in foster care. Writing was how I dealt with pain, challenges, and issues I experienced.

PWH: How did you come up with the title of your five-book series, How Far Are You Willing To Go?

TW: This is a question we all ask and answer every day throughout our lives, no matter what we’re going through or where we’re at in life. It applies to politics, religion, business, and personal situations, it’s a question we can all relate to, and it’s a question we all have in common.

PWH: What inspired the characters and setting of How Far Are You Willing To Go?

TW: I grew up in Westchester County, NY. When I worked for the City of Yonkers, I worked in the 2nd Precinct for a few months. Before I retired, I worked with Detectives and Administrative Law Judges for Westchester County.

Anybody that knows anything about us knows we love the NBA. We’ve watched, agreed, and debated some of the best games and some of the best players. This is where Jordan got his name. Trenice was a contestant on American Idol. As soon as I heard her name, I knew she would be me. Char is short for Charlotte. Charlotte is the middle name of my favorite supervisor I had when I worked for the City of Yonkers. Carl is someone I worked within the Department of Social Services. Jake is my dad’s name. Tyler Marshall is my nephew and my uncle’s name combined to create the law firm, ‘Tyler Marshall & Associates.’ Vanessa is my first realtor from Weichert Realty. Greg is really my hairstylist. Trudy is someone I worked within the Department of Social Services. Claire is from the series, ‘Six Feet Under,’ on HBO.

My ‘Friends’ are all real people. I kept most of their real names to keep it genuine. I had a lot of fun writing about what they would do or say, and I always pictured them when I was writing about them. Most of what I wrote about them didn’t happen, but it could have. We rode to work together or home together every day, and sometimes we would get together after work. The bond we had was deep and real. Today, I’m still in contact with them on social media even though many of them have relocated to Maryland, Texas, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.

PWH: Tell us about Erotic Zombies.

TW: My latest series, Erotic Zombies, was inspired by the Covid 19 Pandemic. I wanted to write something eerie, wild, and crazy, so I combined my two passions – Fiction and Erotica – to write Erotic Zombies. The story takes place in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY. Bazil and Beautiee have to go to school for a parent-teacher conference and they learn, based on a drawing, that their son has been seeing ‘monsters’ in their backyard.

PWH: Are you working on anything at the present you’d like to share with our readers?

TW: My next release is a stand-alone, Caught In The Middle. Lacey has an extra-marital affair and gets caught in the act by her husband – but instead of killing them, he joins them.

PWH: What advice would you give a new writer?

TW: “Your worst book is your best book,” I say this because your worst book will teach you everything you need to know about writing. You can’t fix what isn’t written. Pick up the pen and write!

To learn more about Tracy Wilson and her books visit her site http://www.beautifulpublications.com

Author TaKisha Trenean

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, TaKisha Trenean is both an avid reader and a new author. TaKisha has always had a passion for writing and enjoys giving life to characters through penning stories. Throughout the years she would journal and write poetry as a form expressing herself and her experiences. TaKisha eventually began working on her first novel as a creative outlet to heal from a personal loss. Writing romance gives life to the hopeless romantic within her and allows the introvert within to explore life through her characters. Using music and the world around her, TaKisha hopes to create stories that readers can ultimately relate to and get lost in.

PWH: Describe yourself in three words.

TT: Sarcastic, Loyal, and Intuitive

PWH: What sparked your love for reading?

TT: Wow! I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love to read. My earliest memory was when my kindergarten teacher gifted me with a Berenstain Bears book because she recognized that not only could I read, but that I loved reading. I loved that I could experience different worlds and characters outside of my own environment. It’s an escape for me.

PWH:  How did you get your start in writing books?

TT: My first book started out as more of a hobby. I was in between jobs and the first chapter of my book came to me in a daydream and I started from there, but with no intention of publishing. At that point in time writing was therapeutic for me. I sat on that book for years. Eventually, I let a close friend in on the secret that I was writing a book and she encouraged me to get it published.

PWH:  You have written several books, what is your common message in all of them?

TT: My common message is simply Black Love, Healing, and Growth. Characters on the journey to not only find love but healthy relationships.

 PWH: What is next for you in your writing journey?

TT: Honestly I just want to write and grow my fan base.

PWH: Bonus: What advice do you have for an inspiring writer?

TT: Write! You have to start from somewhere. You can’t become the writer you want to be if you don’t put that pen to paper. Practice makes perfect! Also, there’s a place for you in this field so don’t compare yourselves to others. Write because you love it, not for money, popularity, or fame.

To connect with TaKisha visit her Social media Platforms:

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/author/takishatrenean

Facebook: takishatrenean

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