Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Ayana Ellis discovered her innate writing abilities as a young Legal Assistant in some of New York City's top Law Firms. During down-time at the Firm Ms. Ellis would write short stories for the sole purpose of entertaining her friends until her short story "Last Woman Standing" was chosen to appear in the hood classic "Girls From the Hood Part 4″ in 2007. She developed a cult-like following by the time she released her debut novel "Love Changes" that same year!
However, it wasn't until she released the gritty but triumphant "Full Circle" in 2010, a riveting story based on her own life experience as a battered woman, that she became recognized as an unstoppable force in the street literature genre. "Full Circle" also earned Ms. Ellis a Certificate of Excellence for her efforts in promoting Domestic Violence Awareness from the Mayor of the Town of Riverhead, Long Island. Thru her own publishing company, Purpose Publishing established in February 2011, she released her third novel "King Me" in March 2011. Sparing no time in early 2012 she released the sequel to "King Me" entitled "King and I." Ms. Ellis stays connected to her readers thru her daily blog on her website ByAyanaEllis.com where she writes about everyday life issues including but not limited to relationships, friendships, empowering and uplifting women.
In September 2012 Ms. Ellis secured a monthly advice column in the widely popular Hip-Hop Magazine Don Diva. In true fashion she offers explosive, truthful, raw, unadulterated advice, always sprinkled with love, humor and a common understanding of the male/female dynamic. And in early 2013, she managed to secure her spot in Don Diva Magazine history by becoming the DEPUTY EDITOR of the Original Street Bible.
In 2014 Ayana Ellis released the raw, funny but inspirational Self-Help book "Don't Be A Dumb Bitch," maintaining her authentic "Street but Sweet Lit"-as she defines it- that her readers have grown to love! She is currently working on a new novel to be released late 2016. Ms. Ellis serves as a role model to all women--what is possible if you just believe and Be Great!