We had the good fortune of connecting with Kia Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kia, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
It was started due to necessity rather than desire. I started my business at the beginning of the pandemic, due to every sense of job security evaporating at the blink of an eye. I had just finished writing and self-publishing my 1st book, and decided that, that would be how I supported myself while the world figured itself out.

I went strong for 9 months, and then went back to Corporate America, where I stayed for a total of 4 months before I re-started my full time entrepreneurship journey. This time, I decided to be a bit more intentional and diversify some aspects of my business so I wasn’t just leveraging one thing to make money.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a storyteller. I have this unique ability to draw people in with my words and make them think, self-reflect, imagine new worlds, and be entertained. My words command attention and become savory in your mind. That right there is what sets me apart from others, because not many can do that. I draw people in with my authenticity and transparency, while still leaving a bit of mystery.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Considering that I’m from Chicago, I’d take her to a variety of Black owned restaurants, such as Phlavz, Provare, or Truth Italian.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out myself, first and foremost. If it wasn’t for me believing in myself and knowing the importance of finishing what I started, I wouldn’t accomplish anything.

2nd, I’d like to shout out all the Black women authors before me, community group Black Girls Write, Too on Facebook and my friend Busy for answering all my questions about self-publishing and marketing my book.

I would also like to shout out my other friends for holding me accountable and making sure I got my work done.

Finally, I’d like to shout out my supporters.

Website: www.kiasmithwrites.com

Instagram: @KiaSmithWrites

Twitter: @KiaSmithWrites_

Image Credits
Sterling Gilmore

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