We are thrilled to be connecting with Janae Marie again. Janae is an Author, Business Owner and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Janae below.
Hi Janae, thank you so much for sitting down with us again. For folks who might have missed our initial interview, can you start by briefly introducing yourself?
I am an author of 5 books and am also the owner of an online boutique shop called Janae’s Closet. The books that I’ve written are Flirting with Temptations, Daddy’s Home, Double Take, Besties, & Sleeping with the Enemy. I have been writing since age 13. I started by writing poetry. I wrote my first manuscript at age 16 and published my 1st book at 25. I love writing and telling a story. Bringing awareness to topics that don’t get talked about regularly.
What new projects do you have going on?
I am working on my 6th book entitled, Leilani’s Secret. Which is about a young naive actress that falls in love with an abusive, narcissistic man. Also, I’m working on developing my first web series.
What was your favorite book that you’ve written and why?
That’s a good question! I have two actually if that’s okay. Double Take and Sleeping with the Enemy. Double Take because it was an urban crime drama set in Detroit. It reminds you that you can’t trust anyone. It makes a statement that the legal system is seriously flawed. Also, not set up to help people of color.
Sleeping with the Enemy, was my most favorite because I was able to push myself to my fullest potential. It covers so many taboo topics. So discussing issues of suicide, HIV/AIDS, promiscuity and simply making the right decisions. I really was nervous about publishing this book. But it was real and raw. That’s exactly what I wanted.
What do you think pushes you to keep going?
The fact that I’m not where I want to be yet is enough for me to keep going.
What writing projects are you working on?
Leilani’s Secret, my 6th book which is about a young woman who is striving to be a Hollywood actress runs into her Prince Charming. Or so she thinks!
How do you connect your brand with your community?
I am always learning how to connect my brand with my readers. I just try my best to be authentic as possible. I can’t be anyone but myself. I want to give readers a reason to be engaged with my content. I want to know about them as well. I am nothing without a strong community.
How does Janae’s Closet stand out from other clothing boutique shops?
Janae’s Closet stands out from other boutique shops because we are all about making sure you look authentic and unique. Our slogan is F. L. Y. Urban apparel for your unique style. That F. L. Y. stands for “First Love Yourself,” I believe it is more important to love yourself, be true to yourself. It’s not just about looking good. It’s about living who you are first. Fashion comes later. Self-love is the best love. Set yourself apart. Be a trendsetter. Never follow the crowd. It’s ok to stand in your truth. Be proud of your culture and self.
It was so great to reconnect. One last question – how can our readers connect with you, learn more or support you?
Yes! My website for my books are janaemariebooks.com. You can get my books Buy One Get One Free. I offer free shipping and autographed copies.
My boutique is janaesclosetshop.com. We are having a 15% off Site Wide Summer Blowout Sale starting for the month of June. Any other times it’s 15% off using the promo code NEWSUB15.
- Website: janaemariebooks.com
- Facebook: Facebook.com/authorjanaemarie4519
- Linkedin: LinkedIn/krystlehudson
- Twitter: Twitter.com/JanaeMarie5
- Other: Boutique Shop: janaesclosetshop.com
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