Today we’d like to introduce you to Yasmine Mitchell.
Hi Yasmine, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
My writing journey started when I was in middle school. I’ve always shared a passion for writing. I started out writing poems; then, short stories. I would read what I have written to my peers and they would always recommend that I write more.
In 2017, I wrote my first book. After a lot of procrastinating, I finally began to pen my ideas down. It took about six to eight months to finish my first book because I wanted everything to be perfect.
Of course, I ran into a few bumps on the way but as I started allowing close family and peers to read what I’d written little by little, they made their comments, and their encouragement kept me going. In 2018, I released my first book titled, “The Life of a Spouse” (Part 1: Everything that Glitters ain’t Gold). I received so much support and feedback on my first book which encouraged and motivated me to keep going.
By the time, I released my fourth book titled, “Love is the Worst Drug” (The story of Sunny Marlow), I was named an Amazon Best Selling Author. From there, I’ve been pretty much self-paced. As an independent author, I spend most of my time trying to find ways to perfect my talents. Being an author is solely an investment – It takes patience, time, and money. Paying for editing, graphic designs and more can be stressful when doing it alone.
This is what inspired me to start my company, YazzyBDesigns & Co., a digital platform through which I primarily offer graphic design services such as flyers, logos and so much more. I am pretty much self-reliant and self-taught. I started by playing around with programs and templates. After witnessing some progress, I decided to merge both book writing and graphics design businesses together.
Now, I’ve incorporated an online bookstore into my website which allows my enthusiast to purchase books both written and autographed by me.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
When I started out writing, the process was very frustrating and things weren’t always smooth. My biggest struggle was doubting myself, procrastinating, and not putting much effort into my projects than I felt I needed to.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I do a full-time job and I also manage my small business. I haven’t reached the point where I would feel that I’m capable of running a full-time business.
My job description is confidential. I can say that I am proud of pushing myself and not giving up. Have I had any regrets, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
What sets me apart from others is my ability to see others win. When I started out, I had very limited resources. Now that I have a few years under my belt, I can say that I have put many other people in positions to be successful in the writing industry.
What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
What I like best about the city (my city) is that we are definitely popping right now in the entrepreneur industry. What I dislike the most is that people are afraid to offer their support to others.
In general, I believe a lot of talent from my city is often overlooked and doesn’t get the recognition deserved. Other than that, I can say Memphis has some very talented and dope people.
- Email: Yazzybdesigns@gmail.com
- Website: Yazybdesignsco.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yazzybdesigns/
Book cover: Tina Shivers