Philadelphia native Mya K. Douglas goes under the pen name Mya Kay in authoring 11 books since 2010. — submitted photo

Under the pen name Mya Kay, author Mya K. Douglas has authored 11 books since 2010. Born and raised in North Philadelphia and recognized as a mentally gifted student, Kay attended the prestigious Philadelphia High School for Girls and then Temple University, where she completed her bachelor’s in magazine journalism. After receiving her master’s in English from Arcadia University in 2010, she relocated to Atlanta to pursue her career in film and television. Ten months later, she was called on assignment to teach overseas and spent a year teaching English in South Korea, where Kay self-published her first book, “Speechless: Short Stories.”

Since then, the best-selling author has released 10 more books, and this spring became the first person in literary history to release three books nationwide on the same day.

“I never thought that I would be at this level of being an author,” said Kay. “I thought I was going to be a pediatrician. I followed my passion, but I still did not see this moment. And being the first person to have three books come out on the same day, and more importantly, they are three books in different genres: one fiction and two non-fiction. I never thought I would be a full-time writer.”

Kay said she found success by constantly sowing seeds into the literary world and taking good care of her craft.

“I just did my own thing,” she explained. “That was where journalism went: I turned my attention to the publishing world. I didn’t give up on journalism, because I knew I was always going to use words. As long as there is a pen and paper involved, I’m with it.”

Kay is currently signed to The TMG Firm, which positioned her to author celebrity collaborations with Andria Mayberry, the mother of Bryshere “Yazz The Greatest” Gray, from Fox’s hit show, “Empire” and with Londell “Nikko London” Smith of “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”

“I don’t believe in writer’s block or not doing everything it takes to make your dreams a reality,” said Kay. “I decided whether I ever made it to New York or not, I would write as if my books were already sitting on the shelves in major bookstores. You can’t downplay any moment in publishing because you never know which moment will put you where you want to be.”

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