National Bestselling Author, Joy Deja King, also known as the Literary Sweetheart, is taking her writing skills and delving into the world of Hip-Hop. With a strong passion for music and with over 100k views in just 1 month on YouTube for her latest videoI’m The Bomb, her fans are sticking by her side no matter what she does.
As a writer, Joy produced young, hip and sexy novels that introduced readers to street life in all its complexity of the glamorous entertainment industry. With twenty novels under her belt and the fact that she was the #1 ESSENCE Bestselling Author seven months straight in 2009, Joy is taking the words from a page and putting them to a beat. Her start to it all began when she headed to New York City to attend Pace University. Joy’s parents’ believed her ambition was to attend college and obtain her journalism degree but she had other plans. With stars in her eyes, Joy juggled attending classes while interning at PR firm the Terrie Williams Agency. Along the way Joy quickly realized that New York was definitely the city of dreams but everything in New York is certainly not what it seems.
During Joy’s rollercoaster ride of trying to garner success, she eventually fell into the one situation she had always promised herself she would avoid—depending on a man financially. When she began dating a Grammy Award winning Hip-Hop music producer, her ambitions in life took a backseat and were replaced by endless nights in the studio, traveling to accommodate her man and being there for him. That relationship soon led to the birth of their son, a bitter breakup and an ugly court battle. Joy eventually turned all the drama she witnessed from being in the entertainment industry, the battles she fought and a dose of creativity into a money making machine, called writing. Joy made her literary debut in 2006 with the release of her first novel, “Dirty Little Secrets”(under St. Martin’s Press), and followed it up with the bestselling sequel “Hooker to Housewife.”
Since the beginning of her career and after the launch and great success of her own publishing company, A King Production, Joy learned the hard way that cutthroat business tactics exist even in the book game. For two years, Joy was in a legal battle with her previous publisher who hadn’t paid her royalties in over three years but continued to make money off her books. But think David vs Goliath and yes the underdog won. In February 2010 Joy won back the exclusive rights to her enormously popular Bitch Series.
Now in 2016, Joy Deja King wants to focus on expanding her brand with speaking engagements, screenplays and television. She would also like to give other authors an opportunity to have their work reach a larger audience under her publishing company A King Production.