“I’m a creator. I just want to create and live my life so that it's an example of what is possible. I’m aware that my dreams and success belong not just to me, but to my ancestors and to future generations,” says Brandi Janai, when asked about her motivation.
Brandi received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, San Bernardino (where she joined Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority, Inc.), and earned a master’s degree in social work from Clark Atlanta University. As a licensed social worker she aims to educate, advocate, and push for individuals to look within because, according to her, “It’s one thing to logically know something, it’s another to feel connected. I believe when we feel connected to self and others, only then can we consistently do better.” Out of her background in social work, and her passion for writing, Brandi Janai wrote Felonopoly - a screenplay sharing the struggle and hope of a married couple impacted by the criminal justice system.
Although she wrote her first short story in elementary school, it took decades for her to take the writing craft seriously. “Growing up I didn’t believe I could make a living as a writer. I often think about what if. What if I had known more about the writing world?” As a charter member and past secretary for the Women’s National Book Association – Atlanta Chapter she hopes to give others what she didn’t have – exposure to the book world.
Brandi Janai understands the benefits of writing, adding, “Writing has been a form of therapy for me, and my medium to craft, expose, and express all types of thought and story.” Consistent “soul-work” has led to journaling workshops, offered in-person and on-line, for the empowerment of women.
As a novelist, she has a slate of books pending: Hidden, I Am Sin, Sometimes It’s Love, and Jodeco Road. From book to screen is the ultimate goal — Brandi Janai intends to adapt each book into a movie. Ever the creator, she has two television pilots ready for development, Divorce Me and Hope’s Journey. Additionally, she has written webisodes for an Atlanta based web series.
Brandi Janai is a woman on the move with a passion for writing, creating, and living the dream.