We had the good fortune of connecting with Charron Monaye and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Charron, why did you pursue a creative career?
Writing was never something I aspired to do; it just came naturally. As a child, I would write poetry to share my thoughts or emotions because I always felt that speaking to them would either cause me to be ridiculed or judged. I was a child that really cared what people thought about me. So, instead of fighting for my voice, I just spoke through my pen because I knew it would not speak back. After winning a poetry contest and having my poem, “Alone” published in the publication, Tears of Fire, I felt motivated to continue writing. Then, writing poetry turned into writing articles for magazines, to writing song lyrics, to authoring books, to play scripts, and now children’s books. So, what started out as a form of expression, has now evolved into a legendary and profitable business.

Congratulations on the success of the Michelle Children’s Book Series!!! You are doing big things with this series. Tell us about Michelle!

Yes!! This little girl is taking over and truly in a league of her own! Writing this children’s book series is definitely different than anything I have written prior. However, they are so fulfilling and allows me to take youthful and tap into my inner kid. It’s the funniest thing, but whenever I am writing one of her adventures, I totally get into character. I start talking like her, writing like her, and just creating personas of a child so that her character is believable and real. I am honest like kids. I say what kids say! I truly embody her so that kids can relate and it feels like a kid wrote the book!

But to me, The Adventure of Michelle Children’s Book Series is an amazing way to I often coin it as the “Dora The Explorer” for black and brown children. We all know Dora went on adventures in jungles or within nature, however Michelle is on real-life adventures. Children are introduced traveling, learning a foreign language, entrepreneurship, politics, African American history, and good money habit. Michelle is living life and enjoying the adventures of it, as they come.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I have contributed my pen to the literary industry for over two decades. My body of works includes over twenty published books in six different genres, five Amazon best-sellers, former staff writer for CNN iReport and Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, contributing author for 20+ book publications, the ghostwriter of 12+ books, award-winning playwright, blogger, and editor-in-chief of madisonjaye.com, and creator/writer of five stage performances.

I am also the founder of Pen Legacy, LLC. This groundbreaking literary company helps individuals share their stories and provides a platform to elevate their voices through book publishing, literary coaching, and the adaptation of books into scripts. From its inception in 2015, Pen Legacy, LLC. has published over 100+ books, with more than half becoming Amazon Bestsellers. In addition, I am the mastermind and author coach behind some amazing author careers, such as: Ms. Evelyn Braxton (Braxton Family Values), Precious L. Williams, Esq. (13x Pitch Champion), Ty Johnston-Chavis (National TV/Film Producer & Pitch Coach), just to name a few.

And absolutely no, this life was and is not easy. Still to this day, I have to pinch myself with gratitude. From the sacrifice, struggle, and many hungry nights, I was tested a lot. But with the support of my children, family, and most importantly the love of God, I am still here and relevant

And one thing I want the world to know about me, is that I am not a woman that quit or easily broken. What would that say to my children or anyone that is watching me for their own inspiration. God did not bless me with this gift for me to get it dusty! So just in that concept, who am I not to try, at least. Life is not easy, and nothing comes easy, so for me, I chose to fight and win for God!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh My!!! I would have to say Manhattan, NY!! The concrete jungle is where I go when I need to get inspired and just have a great time. Times Square is my all-time go to place. The lights, the people on a mission, the entertainment, the dreamers, and the access… and the parties! It’s truly a city that never sleeps and I love it there!!!! That empire state of mind is real.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Mother!!! I can remember writing my poem entitled, “Alone”. After allowing my mother to read it and then reciting it, at the age of 12 years old, to a full room celebrating the success of the NAACP Telethon, it was my mother who told me, “your writing is your gift”. Since then, I have written and still write everything that comes to mind.

Website: www.charronmonaye.com

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