National Bestselling Author, Joy Deja King, also known as the Literary Sweetheart, has written young, hip and sexy novels that introduced readers to street life in all its complexity, and the glamorous yet toxic entertainment industry. With over fifty novels under her belt and the fact that she was the #1 ESSENCE Bestselling Author seven months straight for her title Queen Bitch, Joy has solidified herself as a legend in the Urban Street Genre. Her journey started when she attended NCCU and then headed to New York City to attend Pace University to obtain her journalism degree. With stars in her eyes, Joy juggled attending classes while interning at a 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 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, Triple Crown Publications, 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 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.