Author Profile: Ayana Ellis

Ayana Ellis, author of "Don't Be a Dumb *****"
Ayana Ellis, author of “Don’t Be a Dumb *****”

With the publishing industry being so competitive, at times you need a direct approach to get your point across. Since it is Writer Wednesday, it’s a good time to introduce you to an author who says what it is, even if you may not want to hear it. I had the opportunity to talk with Ayana Ellis, the author of books such as Full Circle and Don’t Be a Dumb Bitch: A Guide to Life and Love For Women. Her site By Ayana Ellis, is where she dishes out advice, stories, and warns readers of the travails of dating. We ask a few questions about what motivates her, and what is in the works for the future.

Polite On Society: How did you get your start in writing?

Ayana Ellis: I began writing as a way to get things off my chest.  I’m more extroverted in my writing than I am in real life.  Everything I write is in story format, be it a FB post or a text.  It’s just what I do. I use to read a lot, I taught myself how to format and edit books, so when I submitted my first work the publishing company was impressed like um okay and what exactly do you need us for? LOL

Don't Be a Dumb Bitch Book Cover
“Don’t Be a Dumb Bitch” Book Cover

POS: What motivated you to write the book “Don’t Be a Dumb Bitch”?

AE: Life’s experiences prompted me to write DBADB. I’ve done a lot of dumb shit, I’ve let a lot of dumb shit happen, I’ve seen close friends do dumb shit, all could have been avoided if we had proper guidance and/or was open to hearing critiques from loved ones. After posting hundreds of topics on social media and getting feed back in the form of threads having hundreds of comments I realized I could turn this into a thing, so I compiled all of that information and turned it into a book.  The point of the book isn’t to point the finger at women making mistakes but to guide them and stop them from making poor choices, hence, don’t be a dumb bitch.

POS:  If you had to name one author as the greatest inspiration for your work, who would it be?

AE: J. California Cooper the Goat

POS: Do you find it difficult to balance blogging and promoting your books?

AE: I don’t really see myself as a blogger, no disrespect but I don’t go hard on promoting my blogs or my site, it’s really just a public diary basically.  Shout out to the bloggers though do your thing!  As for promoting books yes its difficult, this generation has a short attention span, they’re not reading shit! LOL

POS: Are there any projects that you are working on right now?

AE: Yes I have two projects that I’m working on, can’t say much about it for legal reasons but hopefully me or my work will be in theaters and/or homes across America soon!

I’d like to say thank you to Ayana for taking the time to talk to us about her work. To learn more about her books, visit Ayana’s Amazon Page


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