Janay Harden is a best-selling, contemporary author of young adult fiction. If you enjoy stories about melanated characters navigating love, friendships, and family, please consider sticking around while Janay makes sense of the world through her collection of words.
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Janay's passion for words began when she spent hours reading books from the library. Her love for words was homegrown, and for years she tended to her craft until she and it were ready for each other.
Janay attended Rutgers University where she received a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Mental Health Therapist. To date, she's held many titles but her favorites are mentor, mental health advocate, and melanin story teller.
Janay is native to South Jersey where she resides with her daughter. Janay's interests include Astrology, spa days, and crabs. She is the Author of Hey, Brown Girl, Forty-two Minutes, and Someone More Like Myself!
It wasn’t until she held his remains that she knew she was in big trouble.
Indigo Lewis is counting down the days until high school graduation. As editor of the high school newspaper, she's put in her time and hopes it's enough to get her away from her troubled family life. Her father is constantly struggling to pay the bills and her mother is locked away in a mental hospital. Even with an after school job it doesn't seem like she will ever get enough money together to go to college.
Jaxon Green is a kid of wealth and privilege — but with a secret. Used to gliding his way through life, he offers Indigo a simple deal: write a newspaper blog to help him get into college and he will use his family's wealth and connections to get her into college too. He promises it will be a no-strings attached deal to get them both what they want after high school.
Always used to pushing the envelope, Jaxon uses his position of power to get Indigo caught up in increasingly uncomfortable requests and eventually black mails her. As her deal with Jaxon spirals out of control, Indigo also learns shocking secrets about her family and begins to lose her grip with reality, and with it — her mental health.
With voices inside her head growing louder by the day, can she escape the fate of her family and allure of murder?
Dexter meets Ace of Spades in this YA thriller with an unreliable narrator battling against her own mind.
“He would pay dearly, and the price was his life”- Indigo
Indigo Lewis had hoped her freshman year at Titus University would be a fresh start where she could put the ugliness of her past behind her.
Then she saw him.
Mr. Chestnut; an unassuming predator, is up to his old tricks. Someone has to stop his reign of terror, and the voices assure Indigo there's no one better fit for that grisly task than her. She must divide her focus between her social life, two men who are vying for her heart that are impossible to choose between, and keeping up with the rigor of college academics.
When a horrific event rocks her family to the core, Indigo questions what means the most to her and who she has allowed herself to become. Scrutinizing her sanity, secrets are spilled and new graves are dug. Can Indigo keep her loved ones safe? Or will she lose herself to dark whispers urging her to do unspeakable things?
17-year-old Raven Jamison, and her three best friends, Nia, Jasmine, and Trinity, make up “The Brown Girls Club.” The girls spend long and carefree days in their bayou town of Lake Lacroix, nestled behind the big city of New Orleans.
A dinner time knock at the door abruptly changes everything.
When child protective services descend on their doorstep dropping off her younger cousin Carter, Raven is suddenly thrust into a brand new reality. Generational ties that affected the entire family for decades soon resurface. Carter’s presence rips at the Jamison household, and his aggressive and shocking behaviors may prove too much to handle for this seemingly picture perfect family. Raven, her family and friends must work together to overcome their shared pain and help Carter find his voice before it’s too late.
Hey, Brown Girl is a compelling and thought-provoking young adult novel about struggle, forgiveness and hope. When this melanin rich family finds strength in their shared bonds, it’s undeniable proof . . . love conquers all.